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Feb. 18, 2011: Making Public Meetings Work for the Public: A forum on finding ways to make public hearings, forums and meetings more civil, constructive and productive.

Please join us from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Friday, Feb. 18, at City Hall Commons, 201 E. Washington St., Syracuse for this free public event. No registration is required. Participants will work in small, facilitated groups to explore the elements of constructive public meetings. Our goal is to distill your conversations and use that knowledge to help guide public officials in hosting civil and productive public dialogs. In conjunction with FOCUS Greater Syracuse and PARCC. Read more about the event on the CNYSpeaks blog. Email or call 315-730-4621 for more information.

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Now for a Biggie — Sept. 26 Forum on Arts and Audience Development

With the Maria Rosario Jackson event successfully behind us, CNYSpeaks is focusing on the major forum we are facilitating for the IDEAS Collaborative,  a consortium of more than 40 arts, culture and entertainment organizations who have hired a national expert to help them find way to better engage Central New Yorkers in their activities.

In order for the forum to be successful, we need your participation. A large and diverse group of participants is a must. The event is free and open to all. Sign up now by calling 315.435.2154, emailing or visiting the Facebook event page. Pre-registration is very much appreciated, although walk-ins will be welcome.

Also check out the event FAQ.


CNYSpeaks Speaks to Focus on the Arts in September

Read all about our forum on Sept. 10 with the Urban Institute’s Maria Rosario Jackson and our major fall forum on Sept. 26 on audience development for the arts. Resister now by contacting Greg Munno at or 315-730-4621.


CNYSpeaks will be holding its next official forum in September 2010. Stay tuned for details, or email to get on our mailing list.

In the meantime, keep the conversations going on how to improve Downtown Syracuse and stimulate productive civic dialog and engagement by commenting on this blog, by helping us beef up the fledgling CNYSpeaks Web forum, by joining us on Facebook and/or Twitter, and by endorsing the Downtown Agenda that emerged for our 2009 forums.

We are also always looking for related content for this site. If you would like to be  a guest blogger, email us at We also hope to develop this events page into a place where other, non-CNYSpeaks events can be promoted. Again, please email with links to events CNYSpeaks participants would find engaging.

You can also find good information on events Downtown at


Next CNYSpeaks event:
27 October – 441 S. Salina St, Syracuse – 6 p.m.

Three candidates will vie against each other in less than two weeks to become Syracuse’s next mayor. Whoever wins will arguably be the most important person in our community’s drive to better Downtown Syracuse.

Come hear their strategies for improving Downtown Syracuse at the CNYSpeaks’ Mayoral Candidate Forum at Sophistications Jazz Cafe, 441 S. Salina St.

Registration begins at 6 p.m. The forum starts promptly at 6:30 p.m. It will be over by 8:30 p.m.

We’ve designed a completely different forum than the CNYSpeaks pre-primary forum. The design will allow participants to ask questions directly to the candidates, and then to discuss those answers with other citizens in facilitated, small-group discussions. It’s a format that should help us zero in the substantive differences in the candidates’ various approaches to improving Downtown.

Please pre-register by contacting Greg Munno at or 315-730-4621.

The forum is free and open to all — city residents and suburbanites; long-time CNY residents and college students; Downtown lovers and those who never look forward to a visit; past CNYSpeaks participants and newcomers to the process.

Coffee, soda and light snacks will be served, also free of charge. There should be ample free parking on the street that time of night, and the garage under the Galleries of Syracuse (Sophistications is a store from on the ground-floor of the Galleries facing South Salina Street) will be open for CNYSpeaks participants at a charge of $6 a car.

Thank you for your participation and help spread the word.


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