OurHudson Barge Comes to the Mid Hudson Area - Daily Hudson Valley News

OurHudson Barge Comes to the Mid Hudson Area

Sep 24th, 2011 | By | Category: Community Calendar

OurHudson: Barge Tour 2011
Envision our future.  Share your ideas.

The OurHudson Barge Tour arrives in the Mid-Hudson Valley this week to continue an unprecedented effort to marshal grassroots ideas for envisioning a prosperous future for the region, and to lead a collaborative effort to achieve that vision.  The 2011 barge tour will feature the premiere of Hudson Rising!  Commissioned by OurHudson, the documentary film explores the issues and opportunities facing the region.

The OurHudson Barge is an industrial relic, the Pennsylvania Railroad Barge No. 399, re-born this year as a floating town hall, exhibition space and movie theater.

The barge tour is the latest phase of the OurHudson project, an unprecedent-ed collaborative effort to restore the economic vitality of our riverfront towns while improving the health of the river and protecting our valley’s world-renowned scenic beauty. By staging a public listening tour and convening six task forces representing dozens of organizations, OurHudson has developed a set of reports on key issues, including agriculture, culture and education, economic development, land use, transportation and environmental quality.

The barge tour will showcase many ideas for improving the region, and lead a public conversation on the steps needed to help the Hudson Valley reach its full potential. Joining Clearwater, the Fireboat John J. Harvey, the Half Moon and the growing fleet of civic and educational vessels on the river, the OurHudson Barge will bring this unique community building effort to festi-vals in Hudson River cities in September and October.

“Decades of effort cleaning up the Hudson River and turning the attention of its communities toward the river have yielded great progress. The formation of the Hudson River Valley Greenway, the designation of the valley as a Na-tional Heritage Area and the ongoing cleanup of PCBs from the upper Hudson River are all mile markers of our past success. But there’s more work to be done. That’s why I support OurHudson’s leadership in organizing our citizens to formulate a broad and coherent vision for realizing the potential of this great region. It’s urgently needed,” said Congressman Maurice Hinchey.

No wonder The Hudson Valley is New York State’s fastest growing region!  In every corner of the Valley—from Troy down to Times Square—you see the energy, the hard work, the innovation and entrepreneurship, the moxie! As we saw all during the Quadricentennial, innovative citizens are starting pro-jects all over the Valley—and when business, or philanthropists, or govern-ment show up with some strategic support, there can be astonishing pro-gress.  Excelsior!” said Joan K. Davidson.

“The future of the Hudson River, whether we’re talking about the health of its fish or the health of its economy, will depend on the leadership of its citizens. Tying the long-term health of our communities to the river starts with connecting individuals to the river, and developing a generation of leaders ready to tackle problems as various as unemployment and water quality. The OurHudson project is doing that by drawing on grassroots wisdom and enthusiasm, and channeling it into action,” said Jeff Rumpf, executive director of Hudson River Sloop Clearwater.

The OurHudson Barge Tour schedule:
Kingston – September 16 – 20
Newburgh – September 23 – 25
Poughkeepsie – September 30 – October 2
Hudson – October 7 – 10

For more information and a full schedule of barge programs visit www.OurHudson.org

OurHudson was established through the 2009 Hudson-Fulton-Champlain
Quadricentennial with the support of the Hudson River Watershed Alliance, Hudson River Greenway, Clearwater, Hudson River Foundation, Scenic Hudson,

Riverkeeper and other environmental and civic organizations.

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