Inside Rensselaer
Volume 6, No. 19, December 14, 2012

Troy Business Improvement District Presents Rensselaer With Community Spirit Award

As Rensselaer pursues global leadership in the 21st century, the Institute continues to reaffirm its commitment to the communities that have nurtured the university since its founding in 1824. As a citizen of Troy, N.Y., the greater Capital Region, and the Hartford, Conn., metropolitan area, the university is keenly aware of its responsibilities to its nearest neighbors and of the power of collaborative approaches to shared goals. In recognition of this effort, the Downtown Troy Business Improvement District (BID) has honored Rensselaer as the first recipient of the BID Community Spirit Award.

The award was presented to Erin Crotty, director of state and community relations at Rensselaer, during an inaugural fundraising dinner hosted by the Downtown Troy BID. More than 200 individuals attended the event that also served as an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of individuals and organizations that are focused on supporting downtown Troy programs and initiatives.

In receiving the award, Rensselaer was recognized for its “commitment to assisting the BID to further its mission, support of the downtown Troy community by acting as a partner to the BID in its initiatives, and demonstration of positive spirit in promoting downtown Troy as a wonderful place to live, work, and play.”

“The Rensselaer Plan recognizes that the greatness of a university is inextricably tied to the vitality of the region it calls home, said Crotty. “The Plan commits the university to offer the Capital Region our expertise and resources to improve the quality of life and economies of our shared communities. Our meaningful collaboration and partnership with the BID is a terrific example of realizing the goals of our strategic plan by being involved in on-the-ground community projects. We are honored to receive the Community Spirit Award and for the public recognition of the university’s many efforts.”

Rensselaer is a member of the Troy BID Board of Directors, and several Rensselaer employees volunteer their expertise by serving on a number of Troy BID committees.

“The Downtown Troy Business Improvement District was delighted to present the 2012 BID Community Spirit Award to Rensselaer,” said Elizabeth Young, executive director of the Troy BID. “Rensselaer has been a leading partner in working to achieve the BID’s mission by investing significant time and resources to revitalization efforts, supporting the formation of the BID, and actively connecting the students, faculty and staff to downtown businesses.”

The event helped to raise $15,000 for organization’s mission that is focused on cultivating and advocating for the economic growth of downtown Troy by creating an inviting, dynamic, and sustainable community that celebrates the city’s history while building toward its future.

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Volume 6, Number 19, December 14, 2012
©2012 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
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