Building Coastal Resiliency: New Hands-On Training Debuts at Nov. 17
Coastal Community Development Program - Press Release

The Genesee River is a tributary of Lake Ontario. The river, which flows northward through the Twin Tiers of Pennsylvania and New York, provided the original power for the Rochester area's 19th century mills and still helps to generate hydroelectric power for downtown Rochester, NY. Credit: Wikipedia

Genesee/Finger Lakes Regional Local Government Workshop


Mary Austerman, NY Sea Grant, Great Lakes Coastal Community Specialist, P: 315-331-8415, E:

Kara Lynn Dunn, NYSG Great Lakes Publicist, P: 315.465.7578, E:

Newark, NY, October 10, 2017 - New York Sea Grant, the Syracuse University Environmental Finance Center and the Genesee/Finger Lakes Regional Planning Council will offer a new hands-on training at the day long Fall 2017 Genesee/Finger Lakes Regional Planning Council Regional Local Government Workshop on Friday, November 17, 2017 in Batavia, NY, to help local leaders and citizens better prepare for extreme weather events and other community challenges.

Attendees will participate in interactive scenario-building and decision-making exercises and develop response strategies to better prepare for impacts on natural and built environments during extreme weather events and other community challenges.

Small group discussions will include how a community can save money on flood insurance, information about the New York State Risk Assessment Tool, and details on the Flood Smart Community and Climate Smart Community Programs.

The resiliency training sessions will also include representatives from the National Weather Service, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and Department of State, and the Town of Greece.

“We are pleased to partner with New York Sea Grant, the Syracuse University Environmental Finance Center, and all the resiliency track presenters to help regional communities reduce areas of vulnerability and better prepare to preempt or manage future extreme events,” said David Zorn, Executive Director of the Genesee/Finger Lakes Regional Planning Council.

The resiliency track is one of three distinct tracks offered at this semi-annual Regional Local Government Workshop cosponsored by the nine counties of the Genesee-Finger Lakes region. For registration details, questions and more information, contact David S. Zorn, 585-454- 0190 x14, or visit . Pre-registration is requested by November 7.

More Info: New York Sea Grant

New York Sea Grant (NYSG), a cooperative program of Cornell University and the State University of New York, is one of 33 university-based programs under the National Sea Grant College Program (NSGCP) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The NSGCP engages this network of the nation’s top universities in conducting scientific research, education, training and extension projects designed to foster science-based decisions about the use and conservation of our aquatic resources. Through its statewide network of integrated services, NYSG has been promoting coastal vitality, environmental sustainability, and citizen awareness about the State’s marine and Great Lakes resources since 1971.

New York Sea Grant maintains Great Lakes offices at SUNY Buffalo, the Wayne County Cooperative Extension office in Newark and at SUNY Oswego. In the State's marine waters, NYSG has offices at Stony Brook University and Stony Brook Manhattan, in the Hudson Valley through Cooperative Extension in Kingston and at Brooklyn College. 

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