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Community Events and Conversations

We promote discussions and events that engage, educate, and support conversations between people in the community.
Man speaking at a public forum in Colgate's Hall of Presidents.

School Budgets

We are pleased to foster community discussions concerning budget challenges facing the public school districts in Hamilton, Morrisville-Eaton, and throughout the central New York region. To this end, without bias, we are collecting, organizing, and sharing published reports, documents, and data related to issues of school district budgets. READ MORE

Natural Gas Exploration

The issue of natural gas exploration is an important one for Madison County. Bruce Selleck, Harold Orville Whitnall Professor of Geology and director of the Upstate Institute maintains a list of resources and information on this subject. READ MORE

National Abolition Hall of Fame

On October 19, 2004 a "Cabinet of Freedom" launched the National Abolition Hall of Fame. On March 5, 2005, the first inductees for the Hall of Fame were chosen from lists provided by thirteen abolition scholars. On October 22, 2005 — the 170th anniversary of the first meeting of the New York State Anti-Slavery Society — the Upstate Institute hosted the induction of the first five inductees into the National Abolition Hall of Fame & Museum. The Hall of Fame and Museum is located on the second floor of the Smithfield Community Center (SCC), 5255 Pleasant Valley Rd., Peterboro, New York. READ MORE

Cultural and Heritage Tourism

In 2010, a large group of stakeholders from various cultural tourism organizations in Madison County gathered at the Oneida Community Mansion House for the Symposium on Cultural and Heritage Tourism: Working Together in Madison County. Cultural Tourism is a term that describes travel that is directed toward experiencing the arts, heritage, and diversity of the people and landscapes of a region. To advance the goals of this symposium, we've compiled some key resources from the region. READ MORE

Community Indicators Project

The Upstate Institute at Colgate University is partnering with the Central New York Community Foundation on a website that showcases information about Madison County’s community indicators. The Madison County section of CNY Vitals will include data on demographics, economy, education, housing, and human services and health. Currently, Colgate students and faculty are working with the Upstate Institute to collect data about Madison County’s civic engagement and public safety, and environment, transportation and planning. Data collection will be completed shortly, and the website will be up and running soon. READ MORE

Madison County Literacy Coalition

The coalition was formed with 50 county organizations in 2009, and was ratified at a County Literacy Summit at Colgate sponsored by Upstate Institute in May 2010. The Coalition is committed to the goal of 100 percent literacy through 100 percent community engagement in Madison County, N.Y. READ MORE