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Monday, November 2, 2009

HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan tours the country's first LEED Neighborhood in Syracuse, NY

Following recent visits by DoE Secretary Steven Chu and Presidential Energy Advisor Carol Browner, Federal Housing and Development Secretary Shaun Donovan come to Syracuse at the invitation of Congressman Dan Maffei and Senator Charles Schumer to tour the country's first LEED Neighborhood in the Near West Side of Syracuse.  He helped cut the ribbon on the first homes that have been renovated as part of the Near West Side Initiative (NWSI), a collaboration of Syracuse University and a grassroots coalition of community partners.  The project encompasses an 11-block, 28-acre mixed use redevelopment that includes two warehouses, a new green technology incubator, culinary center, artist live-work spaces, revitalization of residential properties, public spaces, and the construction of a major public television broadcasting center.

The SyracuseCoE ( has been working with the NWSI on incorporating green technologies into residential and commercial redevelopment.  NWSI has developed incentive packages and unique spaces for small technology start-ups -- particularly early stage green and clean tech businesses, to locate in the neighborhoood.  The Clean Tech Center will be working with the NWSI on this strategy, which compliments The Clean Tech Center mission.

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