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August 27th, 2014

Michael Ciaravino Speaks at Community Conversation

Newburgh City Manager Michael Ciaravino speaks to Newburgh residents at Mount Saint Mary College.
NEWBURGH -  Newburgh City Manager Michael Ciaravino spoke to a large group of Newburgh residents at Mount Saint Mary College on Sunday, July 20, as part of the Newburgh Community Conversation series.

Ciaravino’s topic was “Newburgh: A Report Back on Economic Development.”  The event was hosted and sponsored by the Mount in the newly renovated Dominican Center, formerly Mount Saint Mary Academy. Lisa Gallina, director of admissions for Mount graduate and adult degree programs, introduced Conversation Facilitator Arianna Koudounas and Ciaravino.

Ciaravino has been Newburgh’s city manager for six weeks, since moving his family here from the Cleveland, Ohio area. He’s covered quite a lot of ground in Newburgh already, both figuratively and literally. He’s ridden along on police patrols, observed city employees at work, responded with fire fighters to a call, and “cleaned” the windows of City Hall.

Ciaravino described his early experiences in Newburgh, and spoke about his vision for revitalizing Newburgh as a post-Industrial American city. “Newburgh can be an example. How will the urban centers in post-industrial America recreate themselves in ways that are meaningful and sustainable? We can help to set the bar.”

Newburgh Community Conversation is the brainchild of Arianna Koudounas, a Newburgh resident and graduate student at Georgetown University, studying urban and regional planning. Arianna organizes Newburgh events that feature local speakers and discussion groups, to allow Newburgh residents to gather and discuss both problems and solutions in the community. This event was the fourth in the series.

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