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Arthur Levitt Public Affairs Center

Rust to Green

The Levitt Center began an exciting new collaboration with Cornell University, The City of Utica, and the Utica Rust to Green initiative. A team of researchers from Cornell University selected Utica to be a test city in their study of ways to move rust belt cities toward a more sustainable future. Kevin Alexander '13 was selected as the first Levitt Center funded Rust to Green Civic Research Fellow. He worked over the summer with a research team from both the Levitt Center and Cornell University. The Levitt Center team, headed by Professor George Hobor, mapped and surveyed Utica area non-profit organizations in an attempt to better understand the networks and dynamics that animate this important part of the Utica community. In addition, they assisted the Cornell University team in a survey of Utica residents.