Ribbon-cutting at Historic Rehabilitation of Newburgh’s East End Apartments

Newburgh East End rental logo

New York State Homes and Community Renewal Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas today announced the opening of a $15 million scattered-site project that renovated 15 abandoned properties to create 45 new affordable apartments in a four-block area of Newburgh’s East End. Called East End Apartments, the development is helping to revitalize this historic neighborhood while preserving its character.

Homes and Community Renewal Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas said, “East End Apartments has taken abandoned properties and brought them back to life as affordable homes for dozens of residents that will breathe new energy into Newburgh’s historic East End neighborhood. With supportive services for homeless youth and veterans, and apartments and space set aside for artists, East End apartments will continue to move Newburgh forward while strengthening the safety net for all of its residents.”

East End Apartments were rehabilitated by Kingston-based developer RUPCO, which is maintaining ownership with Safe Harbors of the Hudson serving as property manager. Among the development’s 45 homes are seven apartments set aside for homeless youth ages 18 to 25 and homeless veterans. Bridges of New York will coordinate their support services. Another 12 apartments will be targeted to tenants involved in artistic or literary endeavors.

Kevin O’Connor, Chief Executive Officer, RUPCO, said, “We are thrilled to be a part of the core revitalization that is going on in Newburgh that involves the public, private and non-profit sectors. Newburgh is on the rise and our contribution that is restoring the fabric of this historic district and providing housing to stem the tide of gentrification is crucial. We value our partnership with HCR and many local entities that makes this work possible.”

The homes were preserved with sensitivity to the historic character of the neighborhood. All fifteen properties will meet NYS’s EnergyStar for Homes energy efficient standards and will receive a LEED for Homes designation. 

The 15 renovated buildings include homes located on Lander, South Miller, First, Johnston and DuBois Streets. The neighborhood is immediately adjacent to the City of Newburgh’s Broadway business and government corridor. The neighborhood is also next to SUNY Orange’s Newburgh Campus and Mount Saint Mary College, as well as the regional St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital.

The multi-site development also includes 3,000 square feet of community space known as “The Hub.” This multi-purpose area at 39B Johnston Street will host a community policing sub-station, studio/gallery space for artists, and meeting space for after-school activities.  The Hub is dedicated in honor of former City of Newburgh Mayor Judy Kennedy.

New York State Homes and Community Renewal provided federal low income housing credits that generated $9.9 million in equity. The NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation provided federal and state historic tax credits, and the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance are providing funding for the support services and rental subsidy through the Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative. Orange County provided $320,000 in HOME funds. The City of Newburgh provided $140,000. Additional financing partners include Community Preservation Corporation, Raymond James, and Sterling National Bank.

Coppola Associates and the general contractor is Affordable Housing Concepts. The 15 renovated properties were previously owned by the Newburgh Community Land Bank.

NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance Commissioner Samuel D. Roberts said, “We are pleased to be playing a role in this project, ensuring veterans and youth experiencing homelessness not only have a place to live, but access to the services necessary to help them remain stably housed. This project has the added bonus of helping to revitalize a historic neighborhood which will benefit so many other Newburgh residents.”

Daniel Mackay, Deputy Commissioner, NYS Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, said, “Historic Tax Credits help to restore the assets from the past to create a pathway to the future. The investment in Newburgh is extraordinary and has created a new model to rethink how we reknit the fabric of New York’s historic communities.”

Senator Bill Larkin said, “This public private partnership will greatly build on the community development efforts taking place in the City of Newburgh. I was proud to support this collaborative effort which creates an adaptive re-use for abandoned properties, while working to promote economic development that has the potential to lower the tax burden for residents and businesses. The State, the City of Newburgh and local stakeholders must continue to work together on these types of projects moving forward.”

Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus said, “This important revitalization project will reinvigorate this historic Newburgh neighborhood. It serves as an example of what is possible when Government and the private sector work together to benefit our community. I’m excited that our residents will be able to call the East End Apartments home.”

Darryl Seavey, VP Director of Acquisitions Northeast Region for Raymond James Tax Credit Funds, Inc. said, “Raymond James is thrilled to have once again partnered with RUPCO for their Newburgh CORe Neighborhood Revitalization project.  Kevin O’Conner and the team at RUPCO have managed to bring new life and vitality to a blighted neighborhood by significantly upgrading and modernizing its existing housing stock while at the same time preserving residential structures that are historically important to the City of Newburgh.  This project adheres to RUPCO’s core philosophy of creating homes, supporting people and improving communities.  We congratulate RUPCO on furthering their mission with another successful project.  We would especially like to thank Sterling National Bank and CPC whom worked with Raymond James on the project financing and equity and have once again been terrific partners.”

 Madeline Fletcher, Executive Director, Newburgh Community Land Bank, said, “This project has not only helped to stabilize a high vacancy neighborhood, but has raised the standard of what’s possible at the intersection of historic preservation and local housing needs. It has paved the way for new creative and equitable opportunities for homeownership, placemaking and neighborhood revitalization.”

Karen Milazzo, State Executive Director, Bridges of New York, said, “Having the opportunity to work with Special Populations continues to prove to be an amazing experience for Bridges of New York.  The young adults who have been placed into these homes are now provided with the opportunity to not only stabilize in their lives, but with the assistance and encouragement of the case manager, they can now take on new and exciting challenges that they would not have realized on their own.  Learning to be responsible, productive adults, raising young children in a safe environment, and living with gratitude are wonderful life experiences they now share.  Our veterans value the support they receive in the Newburgh community and are proud to be a part of this new and vital neighborhood.  We are grateful to be a part of these revitalizing efforts and will continue to place our best efforts to bring new life and energy into the Newburgh neighborhoods.”

Lisa Silverstone, Executive Director, Safe Harbors of the Hudson, said, “The East End Apartments have breathed new life into our downtown neighborhoods, lovingly restoring historic buildings to create beautiful housing for our neighbors and vibrancy on our streets. Safe Harbors of the Hudson is thrilled to be providing the management for this critical redevelopment project!”

K. James Dittbrenner, Senior Vice-President & Managing Director, Sterling National Bank, said, “Newburgh, the once ‘All American City’ deserves its Renaissance. The RUPCO- Newburgh Revitalization East End project is a substantial part of growing success toward Newburgh’s Renaissance and Sterling National Bank is proud to have supported this amazing rehabilitation project.”

Groundbreaking at Energy Square, $22-Million Energy-Efficient Live/Work Community

New York State Homes and Community Renewal Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas today announced the groundbreaking of Energy Square in Kingston, a $22-million development that replaces a dilapidated, vacant bowling alley with 57 homes affordable to residents at a variety of income levels, over 11,000 square feet of civic and commercial space, and an elevated urban park. Developed by RUPCO, Energy Square will house the Center for Creative Education, a community-based nonprofit that provides art education and job training for young adults. Energy Square’s design advances the Governor’s clean energy goals by meeting a “net-zero for living” standard which combines solar panels and energy efficient features to make it HCR’s first affordable housing development in the Hudson Valley that produces as much energy as it uses.

Energy Square complements investments being made in Kingston through the $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative. In July, the State announced six DRI projects that provide open public space, and community amenities, improve walkability and access to transportation, and support small businesses.

Homes and Community Renewal Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas said, “Energy Square is a unique, sustainable and exciting development that breathes new life into an outdated property and makes it possible for people of all ages and income levels to call one of Kingston’s most vibrant city neighborhoods home. By connecting residents to education and job training, while at the same time removing blight and creating state-of-the art affordable apartments for approximately 100 New Yorkers, we are realizing Governor Cuomo’s vision of making Kingston and the entire state a better place to live.”

Front facade of E2 energy square, 20 Cedar Street, KingstonEnergy Square’s 57 affordable rental apartments will be located on the upper floors of the 5-story building. There will be 2 studios, 44 one-bedroom, 7 two-bedroom, and 4 three-bedroom apartments. Two apartments will be reserved for homeless adults and another 7 apartments will be set aside for homeless young adults with services funded through the Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative, which provides operational funding to providers for the development and operation of supportive housing for New Yorkers identified as homeless with special needs or other life challenges. RUPCO will provide supportive services for these apartments.

Kevin O’Connor, Chief Executive Officer at RUPCO, said, “Energy Square is the centerpiece of our placemaking efforts to help transform mid-town and the City of Kingston. Energy Square is leading the way with a sustainably designed, mixed use & income building that gathers people to live, work and play in the heart of Kingston, a city that is poised to thrive again in the 21st century.”

The building will include over 11,000 square feet on the ground floor for civic and commercial use. The Center for Creative Education will provide comprehensive community-based art and job training for young adults ages 18 to 25. The building will also include a tech meet-up space/incubator. Rents plus utilities will range from $441-$1,428; homes will be affordable to residents with earnings below Ulster County’s area median income.

Energy Square will incorporate solar panels that will produce enough energy to meet electricity usage for the entire building, providing an additional cost savings to low-income and nonprofit tenants. Additional green features include Energy Star appliances and an exterior green space on a raised platform above the parking area. By incorporating energy efficient features, the project helps move the State toward its goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent in 2030, including a target the State set in April that achieves one-third of that reduction by 2025 – the equivalent of energy used to power 1.8 million homes.

Energy Square will be constructed on the 1.3-acre site of the former Mid City Lanes bowling alley at 20 Cedar Street. Energy’s Square’s location in the heart of Kingston’s Midtown is within walking distance from jobs, healthcare, library, retail, restaurants, and SUNY Ulster.

RUPCO is partnering with Affordable Housing Concepts, Ulster County Workforce Development Board and Ulster YouthBuild to recruit, train and hire a minimum of 12 modest-income young adults ages 17 to 30 from the surrounding neighborhoods to participate in the construction of Energy Square.

New York State’s investment in Energy Square comes through New York State Homes and Community Renewal programs, including $11.7 million in federal and state low income housing tax credit equity and $4.8 million in subsidy programs.  The New York State Energy Research Development Agency provided over $1-Million in grants and incentives. Additional public and private partners include the City of Kingston, Chase, National Equity Fund, and the Community Preservation Corporation.

City of Kingston Mayor Steve Noble said, “Energy Square is a vital part of our Midtown revitalization plans, so we were pleased to support this effort by securing funds through NYS Restore to off-set the costs of demolishing the former bowling alley on this site,” said City of Kingston Mayor Steve Noble. “Witnessing the transformation from a vacant building to a vibrant center for quality housing and community is a truly exciting moment for our community. I want to thank NYS Homes and Community Renewal, RUPCO, and all of the partners who came together to make this project possible. I look forward to welcoming the first tenants to their new homes once the project is complete.”

Alicia Barton, President and CEO, NYSERDA, said, “The development of this extremely high energy efficient housing project underscores Governor Cuomo’s commitment and investment in reducing energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions throughout the state’s housing stock. I congratulate all of the Energy Square partners for making affordable housing a priority and ensuring the community and its residents have access to high-quality, comfortable places to live and work.”

Dave Walsh, Northeast Regional Manager for Community Development Banking, Chase, said, “We’re proud to support the development of Energy Square, which will continue to help transform Kingston into a sustainable community with safe, innovative and affordable green housing. We’re dedicated to helping foster community development and our firm has a long-term commitment to advancing environmentally sustainable solutions.”

Jazz Night at the Kirkland – Jazz Live w/ Maiko Hata

Lace Mill resident-artist Maiko Hata and guests will perform Jazz Live at the historic Kirkland, 2 Main Street, Kingston NY 12401 on Friday, October 19.
Doors open at 5 pm | music from 6 – 8 pm
Cash Bar: Newburgh Brewing Company Cream ale | Wine | Light snacks provided by RUPCO. 
This event is open to the public. $10 at the door covers Jazz Night and light snacks with donations directed to RUPCO’s Emergency Assistance Fund.

Bonus! Every attendee will receive a wrist band that can be used at Santa Fe restaurant (11 Main St Kingston NY 12401) across the street from The Kirkland and receive a discount on dinner and a chance to dine with Maiko. For more information, contact Michael D’Arcy at 845-331-2140 Ext:267 or visit the Facebook event page.

Guest parking is available on Main Street or in the County building parking lot next door.

ARTIST BIO:  Maiko who was born in Osaka and grew up in a small town in Hyogo prefecture and has grown up listening to various music since her childhood. Among them, listening to radio stations such as Staybywander, Ozone Makoto, Oscar Peterson etc. She started to play piano at 7 years old. From the influence of her father she listened to jazz from high school days and after graduating she learned vocal music from Shinonome Mari at Arrow Jazz School in Amagasaki City.

Later in 2001 she moved to New York and studied music therapy and jazz performance at New York State University. After graduating from graduate school, she started playing in the suburbs of New York full time.

In recent years she has served as an undercard for Cookies (Billy Harper, Eddie Henderson, David Weiss, Donald Harrison, George Cables, Cecil · McBee) CLEGGHANDY, AARON PARKS . Other Doug Weis (Liz Wright)), Peter Levin, Jay Anderson, Peggy Stern, Francesca Tank Three, Hayaki Miki, Lawrence Clark, Darryl Green and others.

From 2015 she belonged to Billy Harper’s Voice Chorus group.

In the summer of 2018, Maiko ‘s debut album was released and attracted attention with cooperation with Josh Evans who is active in the world and arrangement of Billy Harper.

Can’t make the event but want to donate? Please visit: www.RUPCO.org/donate


The Lace Mill Presents: Jazz & Poetry, October 20

Flyer for October 20 performance at 4p of 8 poets reciting the work of Gerrit Lansing; jazz bassist Michael Bisio accompaniment

Resident-artist Michael Bisio invites eight poet friends to honor fellow  poet and artist Gerrit Landsing toThe Lace Mill, 165 Cornell St., on October 20 from 4pm-6pm. in the East Gallery.

Poetry, music and storytelling fill the afternoon experience.  Come early, stay late, stroll the galleries and other offerings that day.

For more information, e-mail Michael Bisio at bisio@earthlink.net or read his artist profile page on RUPCO‘s site.

Suggested donation is $10 and covers expenses incurred by traveling artists.

Free and open to the public.

Guest parking on South Manor Avenue and Progress Street.

The Lace Mill Presents: A Jazz Experience September 22

Flyer for The Lace Mill presents: A Jazz Experience on September 22 with three established musicians

Resident-artist Michael Bisio invites fellow musicians Hui Cox and Michael Wimberly to The Lace Mill, 165 Cornell St., on September 22 from 4pm-6pm. Experience “Live Jazz” in an intimate setting,  an added bonus to ArtWalk Kingston. Come early, stay late, stroll the galleries and open studio.

For more information, e-mail Michael Bisio at bisio@earthlink.net or read his artist profile page on RUPCO‘s site.

Suggested donation is $10 and covers expenses incurred by traveling artists.

Free and open to the public.

Guest parking on South Manor Avenue and Progress Street.

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“By exchanging the art of medicine for the medicine of art, O+ empowers communities to take control of their collective well-being.” O+ Festival

We’re honored to be a part of O+ Festival again, the eighth year running since O+ hatched this bright idea in 2010. We’re opening the doors to the community and our first-floor Senate Room at The Kirkland, 2 Main Street, Kingston for the weekend’s wellness offerings. Be it yoga or sound baths, meditation or DFX, you’ll want to trade in your sweat bands for an O+ Festivall all-access wristband to experience the mind-body-spirit encounters this weekend, October 5 through 7. For the complete O+ schedule, click here.

Friday, October 5 
7-9pm GONG IMMERSION: Expect Lecture, Breath, Mantra + Movement before going deep into the Sound Current of the Gong. You may relax on your back, in a chair or sit and meditate. All are Welcome, All Ages, Genders + Levels of practice. This is an experience. Bring a blanket or pillow to sit on if you can.

Saturday, October 6
10-11am THERAPEUTIC YOGA FOR ARTISTS AND MUSICIANS: So much of the musical and artistic lifestyle involves repetitive motions and postures that can lead to chronic conditions over time such as back, shoulder and neck pain as well as inflammatory conditions in the hands and wrists.
11:30am-12:30pm PILATES: The Pilates method has long been used for improving function, focus, and strength. It is also used as a key component in many physical therapies and rehabilitation practices. Here is your chance to learn and practice the fundamentals of Pilates and integrate your life.
1-2pm HYPNOTHERAPY: In this 60 minute class, certified hypnotherapist, David M. Rinaldi will teach you how you can use self-hypnosis to reduce anxiety and relieve stress. You will learn about what hypnosis is, how it works, and how to use it. There will be a 30-minute group hypnosis where you will be guided by David into a very deep state of relaxation and practice using techniques to reduce anxiety and relieve stress. After this guided experience there will be time for sharing and Q&A.
2:30-3:30pm KIDS YOGA: This class is designed for families to explore yoga and mindfulness at a playful, kid-friendly pace. Through yoga games, parallel practice, and partner poses with your child, incorporate relaxation and breathing techniques into your family’s life, establish boundaries for your home yoga practice, and learn how to Play Yoga with your child. This class is geared for adult yogis of any level (newbies strongly encouraged) and their child partners (best for ages 5+).
4-5pm ACTIVISM, HOPE AND SELF-CARE: “Activism itself can generate hope because it already constitutes an alternative and turns away from the corruption at the center to face the wild possibilities at the edges or at your side.” Rebecca Solnit, Hope in the Dark
5:30-6:30pm VOICE EXPLORATION: CREATING LIVING SOUND: In this class, participants will come together in a circle to create an improvisational symphony of sound with their voices. 
7-9pm KIRTAN: “Mantra” translates as “mind-protection” or “mind-training. Please join acclaimed mantra musician Lee Mirabai Harrington for an evening of kirtan and healing mantras. 

Sunday, October 7
10-11am QIGONG: Qigong instructor Chris Brandon Whitaker will guide you through the Three Treasures Qigong form, a gentle set of exercises that naturally heals the body, balances the emotions, sharpens the mind, and raises consciousness.
11:30am-12:30pm REIKI: Reiki master Sensei self healer from terminal lupus with life changes that included: self healing with Reiki, guided Imagery, organic diet, stress management and positive thinking/manifesting.
1-2pm KIDS MAGICAL GONG SPACE JOURNEY: Designed for the Young Ages + Young at Heart. We will practice Breathwork, Meditation + listen to the Gong in a Magical way. Children will be able to experience the Gong like no other. All are Welcome, All Ages, Genders + Levels of practice.
2:30-3:30pm SHADOW YOGA: Playing with shadows, movement, mindfulness and breath.
4-5pm MOVING BODIES DANCE: Our bodies, full of life and movement, are the path and guide for this work. We will examine a particular aspect of our anatomy as a focus for our moving experience. Peering into our body provides a window into the form and function of our structure.
5:30-6:30pm SACRED NAPPING: A gentle yoga class to help find the fluidity and flexibility in the spine which holds the nervous system. After moving, we will spend a short time napping in order to nourish the nervous system and heal the cellular health of all systems. 

Newburgh Ribbon-cutting Ceremony September 25

Newburgh ribbon cutting September 25 at 3:30pmWe’re celebrating the opening of 15 buildings and 47 apartments in Newburgh’s historic East End. Join us for the celebration, local music and food. Come meet the neighbors and find out what’s next for Newburgh’s transformation. We’re still working out the details, so check back next week.   RSVP here.

A shout of thanks to our event day sponsors:

Refreshment purveyors include:

Rural LISC Annual Seminar June 4-7, 2019

We’re co-hosting the 2019 Rural LISC Annual Seminar Save the Date: Rural LISC Annual Seminar June 4-7, 2019with LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation) to be held June 4-7, 2019, at Resorts World Catskills in Monticello, NY.  Rural community development practitioners from across the nation will convene to share best practices, learn about new developments in the field, network and collectively dialogue on critical issues facing small communities in rural America.  The seminar agenda and presentation materials will be posted here closer to the date. 

As part of that conference, attendees will take a bus tour of RUPCO properties throughout the Hudson Valley including The Lace Mill, The Metro, Landmark Place, The Kirkland and Stuyvesant, Energy Square, Newburgh’s historic East End and  others. We’re honored to bring over 250 people to the region to experience the Catskills and to see  our  innovative efforts in regional community development.

Zelda’s Interactive Art Happening, September 22

Zelda (aka Judith Z. Miller) Lace Mill artist-resident Zelda (aka Judith Z. Miller) hosts a special event on September 22  from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Zelda’s Interactive Art Happening celebrates spiritual connection through the Body will be held in her home/studio 165 Cornell Street, #204 Kingston.  Guests will enjoy live percussion, black-light body-painting, dancing, refreshments, and the opportunity to view ZELDA’S collage ‘My G-d’ under black light. ZELDA’s apartment is lovingly transformed into a shamanic healing space with hand-carved trees flying in mid-air from the vaulted ceilings surrounded by photographs of nature, spiritual self-portraits, collages, and mannequins decorated with healing amulets.

This performance is in addition to Zelda’s Open Studio, which is part of Artwalk Kingston’s citywide weekend gallery openings. 

Guest percussionists Bobby Sabella and Bryan Henry perform as the duo Mianbe. Bobby is a studio/live performer who has been on the scene for 35 years working with the likes of John Patitucci, (Chick Corea), Bob Mayo (Peter Frampton),T ony Purrone (The Heath Brothers), Hugh McDonald (Bon Jovi) Andy Snitzer (The Rolling Stones), and Chip Taylor (Wild Thing, Angel of the Morning).  

Body-painters include Rut Flores, a native from Argentina who holds a Master Degree in Architecture from Buenos Aires and a Fine Arts Degree from Madrid, Spain; SNOWBANKS a Brooklyn-based artist who works on both on-canvas and on-bodies and sees the body as a fluid canvas, and Tania Trowbridge, who is fascinated with the beauty in nature, photography, and the dynamics of the human form. Tania is a professional Tattoo Artist/owner of Metamorphosis Tattoo in Kingston. Other artists to be announced.

The public is invited to bring something to share — a poem, a story, a dance, instruments, food/drinks and camera to document the body-painting process. 

On-treeet parking on South Manor Avenue and Prospect Street
Adults only (21+)
No dogs allowed

Zelda (aka Judith Z. Miller) headshotArtist Bio: Zelda (aka Judith Z. Miller) is a multifaceted artis/producer who lives in an erotic, musical, spiritual universe. As a feminist Jew who studies shamanism, she is inspired by the beauty of nature and the guiding force of her intuition as she explores the themes of connection to the Earth, spirituality, sexuality and gender. She sculpts, draws, writes, performs, photographs, and is an ecstatic dancer/percussionist/healer. Zelda co-founded The Fine Line Actors Theatre in Washington DC and performed at such venues as Source, GALA Hispanic Theatre and the Kennedy Center in DC, in NYC at WOW Café Theatre and Dixon Place, at the Lace Mill and with the TMI Project in Kingston. Currently Zelda is developing Que Será, Será (Whatever Will Be, Will Be), a multi-media one-person show that chronicles the joys and challenges of navigating non-binary Queerness from a childhood in the 1950s to adulthood.  She published in Inside Arts magazine, The Washington Post, and American Theatre magazine. Zelda currently resides at the Lace Mill artist residence in Kingston NY with her Great Dane “Z”.

Career Opportunity: Grant Writer/Administrator

This part time position (between 21-24 hours) will be responsible to facilitate committees, coordinate required activities leading to the annual grant submission of the HUD Continuum of Care Homeless Assistance Program for Ulster County.  The position will report to and be supported by the Vice President of Housing Services.  Additionally, this position will provide grant writing support and administration for other programs as needed. 

 Position Responsibilities:

  • Facilitate and coordinate the work of the Ulster County Continuum of Care (CoC) committees and working groups.
  • Handle required activities associated with the annual grant submission to HUD’s Continuum of Care Homeless Assistance Program
  • Provide monitoring of HUD funded programs
  • Assist in supporting the Coordinated Entry System data base for homeless persons.
  • Assist VP of Housing Services to prepare and submit HUD CoC annual application.
  • Responsible for documentation and recordkeeping for the Ulster County Continuum of Care

Required Knowledge, Skills, Education and Experience

  •  Strong organizational  and computer skills
  •  Grant Writing
  •  Excellent communication skills: written and oral
  • Understanding of human services and community based organizations that serve homeless
  • Ability to coordinate and engage a variety of stakeholders
  • Facilitation of meetings
  • Research skills to understand HUD Continuum of Care and other programs
  • Minutes and Recordkeeping

Please submit notice of interest for this position to kgermain@rupco.org by no later than Friday, September 14th at 12:00 pm