OSWEGO, NY – The Richard S. Shineman Foundation announced a $45,000 grant award to support Oswego neighborhood revitalization through the newly formed Oswego Renaissance Organization.
The grant will support ORA’s community development initiatives, beginning with the engagement of neighborhood planning firm, CZB (www.czb.org).
ORA will work with CZB over the next nine months to collect data and engage the community in a thorough examination of Oswego’s strengths and opportunities.
CZB visited Oswego in late May and met with more than 30 individuals representing a number of institutions and stakeholders committed to the process. These initial strategic meetings will assist in the development of a Neighborhood Revitalization Plan for Oswego.
“This is a true community partnership,” said Lauren Pistell, executive director of the Shineman Foundation. “The Shineman Foundation is thrilled join with the City of Oswego, SUNY Oswego and many other community members and local business to create positive change in our city’s neighborhoods.”
Paul Stewart, director of the Oswego Renaissance Association, said, “We are very pleased to begin this process. There is a huge momentum now building to move Oswego forward to reach new potential. Oswego has extraordinary strengths and its communities, neighborhoods and downtown have enormous potential for growth. We are excited to see so many important partnerships – collaborations between residents, the city of Oswego, SUNY, the Shineman foundation, local banks and local businesses developing this important effort.”
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 Oswego Renaissance Association:
The mission of the Oswego Renaissance Association is to promote the development, restoration and preservation of healthy, vibrant neighborhoods and communities in Oswego.
The ORA provides resources, technical assistance, education and services to revitalize homes, downtown businesses, promote historic preservation and build positive communities.
Contact [email protected] or visit www.oswegonyonline.com for more information.