The Institute for Rural Vitality at SUNY Cobleskill

The Institute for Rural Vitality at SUNY Cobleskill has a clear mission that encompasses a broad range of initiatives and activities: to engage the substantial resources of SUNY Cobleskill in collaboration with regional partners to enhance community and economic vitality in rural New York.

Through its five distinct centers, the Institute addresses the region’s most pressing issues to develop and enact sustainable solutions. SUNY Cobleskill students and faculty are at the fore of community partnerships and coalitions, adding their expertise to that of their partners to support economic development initiatives.

With robust student involvement, the Institute creates boundless new immersive learning opportunities both on and off campus. Each of the five centers complements SUNY Cobleskill’s academic programs to support research opportunities for faculty and students as well as internships and applied learning opportunities.

Contact the institute to inquire about collaboration, propose a project or request more information.

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Agricultural Solutions Fair

Many thanks to all of our attendees, participating agencies, and vendors. We appreciated the remarks by Richard Ball, Commissioner of NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets and our featured speaker Brad Osborne.

The event was a great success — nearly 100 farm businesses participated. Check back to this website for information on the 2019 event. See you next year!


The Center for Farm and Food Entrepreneurship

The Center for Farm and Food Entrepreneurship cultivates farm-centric and food-centric businesses to ensure the full and profitable use of the region’s considerable natural resources.

The Center for Community Advancement

The Center for Community Advancement promotes public-private partnerships that enhance the quality of life within and beyond the communities that surround the College. It coordinates student-driven community service and serves as a training hub and think tank for educational professionals.

The Center for Business Development

The Center for Business Development encourages new business development, job creation, and an enlivened local economy through collaborations between SUNY Cobleskill students, faculty, and staff and the surrounding non-profit and business communities.

The Center for Art and Culture

The Center for Arts and Culture coordinates collaboration among the SUNY Cobleskill Arts and Humanities faculty and regional arts and cultural organizations to cultivate art and culture as drivers of economic development.

The Center for Rural Legal and Policy Services

In partnership with Albany Law School, the Center for Rural Legal and Policy Services focuses on the legal and policy issues that affect rural businesses and communities. It offers legal consultation, educational programming, and advocacy on behalf of rural constituents.


Leadership

Marion A. Terenzio, Institute Council Chair

Jason Evans, Executive Director

Tim Moore, Institute Council and Coordinator of the Centers for Farm & Food Entrepreneurship and
for Business Development

Jeff Anderson, Institute Council and Coordinator of the Centers for Rural Legal & Policy Services and
for Community Advancement

Beth Orgeron, Institute Council and Coordinator of the Center for Arts and Culture

Susan Zimmerman, Institute Council

Wendy Gilman, Institute Council

 


Send Us a Message

Contact the institute to inquire about collaboration, propose a project or request more information.