A discussion will be held next month in Schenectady to pinpoint the needs of the city in an effort to better allocate federal funding.
“A Conversation on Community Development” will be held on Sept. 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Mt. Olivet Missionary Baptist Church at 1068 Park Ave. hosted by the Rev. Horace Sanders, Jr.
The goal of the roundtable discussion, which is for the faith-based community, is to identify important issues and create a two-year action plan for funding.
The roundtable is part of the Community Needs Assessment the city is doing in partnership with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Schenectady is one of six communities statewide chosen by HUD to conduct a Community Needs Assessment in an effort to strengthen relationships with federal, state and local partners.
Topics of discussion at the roundtable will include the accessibility and quality of community resources, public education, jobs and economic development, health and nutrition and public safety.
The event is free to attend. Free parking will be available on the Wendell Street side of the church.
People interested in the roundtable discussion are asked to register by emailing Jacob Dale at [email protected] by Sept. 7. People can also call Dale at 518-862-2812.
As part of the Community Needs Assessment, people are asked to take a survey about Schenectady and its critical priorities for the next two years at www.cornell.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eQDCVjHpoJiO6ot.
There is also a survey for young adults – people ages 14 through 24 – to weigh in on Schenectady and its future at www.cornell.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_8jBKX6N3GgGkK7b.
Reach Gazette reporter Haley Viccaro at 395-3114, [email protected] or @HRViccaro on Twitter.