INSIDE BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY
Boehlert announces funding for C3
In announcing the two-year, $200,000 grant, Rep. Sherwood L. Boehlert, R-New Hartford, said: “It’s becoming almost routine to announce Binghamton University’s leadership in yet another area. This continuation of Binghamton University’s Center City Coordination Project provides tangible evidence that the University and city are linked not just in name but in deed in partnering for a more prosperous future for all.”
C3, launched in early 2003 with an initial $400,000 HUD grant, partners Binghamton University with more than 60 community agencies and organizations in a neighborhood revitalization program, targeting residents in the high-priority districts 7 and 9 in the city of Binghamton.
Located on the third floor of 218-222 Water Street, the program’s main focus has been to assess and address the critical needs faced by community members in these districts. It has incorporated programs and projects in community organizing, community planning, education, health and well-being, job training and housing.
“The Center City Coordination project is an outstanding example of the partnerships Binghamton University has with the community,” Binghamton University President Lois B. DeFleur said. “We appreciate Congressman Boehlert’s assistance in securing this grant. This is a partnership that significantly enhances the region’s quality of life, fosters economic vitality and makes this a more attractive community.”
Two task teams steer the project: a Community Advisory Council made up of members of the designated neighborhoods and community groups and organizations and a 12-person University Action Team drawn from faculty and professional ranks and supplemented by students.
“This is really neighborhood based,” said Allison Alden, director of C3. “The sense of direction comes from people who live there and work there.”
C3 has successfully launched a number of efforts in the center city community including tutoring services for youths with special needs; support resources for grand-parents raising grandchildren; a music appreciation program for school-aged children; after-school enrichment programs; and health and wellness programs.
With the new HUD funding, Alden plans to continue and enhance current programs, and will emphasize two new areas: youth and employment.