Greening the Rust Belt
R2G NY is currently most actively at work in Utica NY and surrounding Oneida County. It aims to continue expanding across Upstate NY to include the cities and regions identified by the Brookings Institute as holding particular promise for prosperity and renewal based on their assets. They include Albany, Schenectady, Utica, Binghamton, Syracuse, Rochester and Buffalo.
In each community where it works, R2G NY aims to foster the creation and sharing of relevant knowledge, creative and collaborative problem-solving, and co-learning and networking that results in greater innovation, self-reliance, capacity-building and urban and regional renewal and resilience. The hope is to “grow” the R2G network and activate increasing dialogue and networking between cities in Upstate NY so that they can collectively participate in problem-solving and learning both together and from one another.