THE LEGACY AND FUTURE OF CRAFT BEER IN THE MOHAWK VALLEY
AND ON THE ERIE CANAL
AN ERIE CANAL BICENTENNIAL DISCUSSION
Monday, October 30, 2017
Mohawk Valley Community College, Utica, NY
OPENING SESSION
(2—2:30pm)

Welcome: MVCC President Randall J. “Randy” VanWagoner, Ph.D
Welcome: Brian U. Stratton, Director, NYS Canal Corporation
Welcome: Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri
Welcome and Introduction of Keynote: Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente, Jr.
Welcoming Remarks on behalf of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo: RoAnn M. Destito, Commissioner, NYS Office of General Services
Keynote Address: ESD President/CEO Howard Zemsky
PANEL DISCUSSION 1
The History and Future of Beer as a Regional Economic Catalyst
(2:45—3:30pm)

Moderator: SUNY Morrisville President Dr. David E. Rogers
Panelists:
Kelly Blazosky—Oneida County Tourism. Brew Central—Beer as Regional Brand and Economic Asset
Jamie Kowalczk—Madison County Planner. Beer, Tourism, and Cycling on the Old Erie Canal/Madison County was the Hops Capital of the World
Paul Leone—Executive Director, NYS Brewers Association
Joe Woodrow—Assistant Dean, MVCC. Craft Beer in the College Curriculum
Rome Mayor Jacqueline M. Izzo—DRI/Canal Re-development/Craft Beer
Steven Miller—Cornell Hop Specialist, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Madison County
BREAK
(3:30—3:45pm)
(continued)
PANEL DISCUSSION 2
Craft Beer and Community Revitalization
(3:45pm—4:30)
Moderator: Herkimer Community College President Dr. Cathleen C. McColgin
Panelists:
Dave Katleski—President/Founder, Empire Brewing Company/Founder, NYS Brewers
Association (Farmstead Brewery, Cazenovia/brewers of Canal Bicentennial Lager)
Robert Palmieri—Mayor of Utica. Utica HarborPoint Development
Kevin King— Deputy Commissioner, NYS Department of Ag & Markets and Taste NY
Michael Coons—Academic Administrator/Head Brewer, Morrisville State. Morrisville’s Craft
Beer Curriculum
Stefan Fleming—Assistant Director of Industry Development/Craft Beverages, ESD
Nick Matt—Saranac Brewery. Beer and Utica’s Downtown Vibrancy/Special Bicentennial
Announcement
CRAFT BEER RECEPTION
(Must be 21 or over to attend)
(5—7pm)
Saranac Brewery
830 Varick Street
Utica, NY
CanalEvents@canals.ny.gov

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