Wednesday, January 9, 2019




SUNY Orange Newburgh campus gets funding for Innovation Grand Street project

L-R: Fred Watson, chair of the SUNY Orange Board of Trustees; Alana Mihkalevsky, public and government
relations director for Central Hudson; Dr. Kristine Young, SUNY Orange president; and Paul Ruszkiewicz,
Orange County legislator.

NEWBURGH – SUNY Orange has locked up additional financial support for its Innovation Grand Street project in Newburgh. The college received $200,000 in grant funding from Central Hudson Gas and Electric Corporation through its Building Revitalization program.

The announcement, made at the Newburgh campus on Tuesday, marks the securing of $2.8 million, of the projected $9.16 million, for the Innovation Grand Street project’s initial phase.

That will focus on renovations to the Masonic Lodge building, American Legion and YMCA buildings, all of which will be dedicated to new SUNY Orange educational and workforce programs.

Central Hudson spokesman John Maserjian said the company chose Innovation Grand Street because it aligns with the same mission they have for funding areas that encourage economic development and workforce enhancement.

“We find this a very fitting project that will bring needed training to the area to help our residents become better candidates for employment and also help local employers find trained candidates for their needs,” said Maserjian. “It’s a win-win for the local economy and for the residents and it fits very well with our economic development programs.”

Those facilities will host opportunities for cutting-edge healthcare studies, hospitality industry workforce training, preservation technology and entrepreneurship, noted college President Dr. Kristine Young.

“One of the exciting aspects of this, is we see it’s very hands-on, applied learning in all of these buildings; so, as students are learning about the industry, they are actually doing the work so that goes for healthcare and preservation arts as well” Young said. “They’ll be working with their hands. We imagine inside the buildings; but maybe, they’ll take their learning outside the buildings too.”  

Young said in 2019, the project will begin to take on students enrolling in these new educational programs.


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