OSWEGO, NY – The Richard S. Shineman Foundation announced it has awarded the SUNY Oswego Office of Business and Community Relations a $10,000 grant in support of the “Thrive” program. Thrive aims to be a community incubator which would cultivate potentially transformative ideas to positively change and grow Oswego County.
SUNY OBCR officially launched Thrive in April with a two day seminar led by venture capitalist and entrepreneur Greg Horowitt, author of “Rainforest: The Secret to Building the Next Silicon Valley.”
Stakeholders exchanged ideas for developing a community blueprint over the next year and will continue to meet to ensure that the project retains momentum.
“The Shineman Foundation is incredibly excited to partner with Thrive,” said Lauren Pistell, Executive Director of the Shineman Foundation. “We share a common vision with Thrive to be a ‘catalyst for change’ for the Oswego community. This program represents an innovative approach to community development which the Foundation wanted to support.”
Jeffrey Grimshaw, Director of SUNY Oswego’s OBCR, said “SUNY Oswego’s Office of Business and Community Relations recognizes the synergy that working with the Shineman Foundation creates and we are excited about the potential for real and substantial change that can occur as the result of this partnership.”
About the Richard S. Shineman Foundation:
The Richard S. Shineman Foundation is a private foundation established in 2012 by the bequest of Richard S. Shineman, a tenured professor of chemistry at SUNY Oswego.
Its vision is to become a “Catalyst for Change” across Central New York and, in particular, Oswego County.
The foundation uses its financial resources to work towards this vision by building the capacity of not-for-profit organizations to enhance the quality of life in their communities.
Contact [email protected] or visit www.shinemanfoundation.org for more information.
About Thrive/ SUNY Oswego Office of Business and Community Relations:
SUNY Oswego and stakeholders throughout Oswego County has launched a years-long effort to grow a metaphorical rainforest in the region that welcomes, envelopes and nurtures innovative new businesses.
In an effort known as “Thrive: Innovative, Community, Solutions” the college’s Office of Business and Community Relations has created momentum for transforming the county — potentially beyond — into a “community incubator.”
For more information contact SUNY Oswego Office of Business and Community Relations at 312-3492 or on the web at www.Oswego.edu/obcr