Sunday, September 21 – Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Don’t miss three days of all things canal and Canalway Trail-related – presentations, seminars, field visits , social activities, and networking events. Register now for the 2014 New York Canal Conference to be held in Geneva September 21 – 23 at the head of the Cayuga-Seneca Canal and trail on the northern shore of Seneca Lake.
The conference, which is hosted by the Canal Society of New York State, brings together national, state and local government officials, community leaders, developers, project coordinators, canal enthusiasts and providers of goods and services needed by those who use and enjoy the canal. This year’s conference, “In Harmony With Nature, People & Products: The Finger Lakes Canal System,” has a full program of interest to community leaders and canal enthusiasts. Presentations will cover topics of interest to trail advocates such as funding, water trails, new Canalway Trail developments, heritage and eco-tourism, and economic development. The Canalway Trail Tender Award will also be presented at a luncheon on September 23.
The New York State Conference is held every other year to develop a statewide network of volunteers and professionals who are dedicated to the revitalization of canal communities located within the Canal Corridor, promote the success stories and share organizational strategies of communities that have or are attempting to implement canal-related planning initiatives, and recognize the outstanding individuals who have contributed significantly to the promotion and enhancement of the New York State Canal System.
The first Canal Conference was organized by a group of volunteers in Lockport in 1996. Subsequently, the organizing committee was expanded to include representatives from throughout the canal system. After successful collaboration in 2000 for the World Canal Conference, the Canal Conference Planning Committee became a formal part of the Canal Society of New York State.