WHEN: FRIDAY, DECEMBER 19TH, 7:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.


TOPIC:  What’s happening downtown? Valuing our public spaces!

Merike Treier, executive director of the Downtown Committee and chair of the recent OCL study “Community Image: Valuing Our Public Spaces,” along with distinguished community leaders Bob Doucette and George Curry will take a look at Downtown Syracuse. Hear about the past, present and future of downtown, and how the heart of the community provides our region with sustainability.

This program is geared to those who often are downtown for culture, dining, or business and for those who do not go downtown often or hesitate to experience all that is happening downtown. This program is for everyone.


MERIKE TREIER serves as executive director for the Downtown Committee of Syracuse, Inc.  In this role, Merike oversees all of the Downtown Committee programs involving advocacy, economic development and revitalization, marketing, security and environmental maintenance.  She started at the Downtown Committee in 2004 as the economic development specialist and later worked as the Downtown Committee’s deputy director and director of economic development. Merike also serves as the president of the Downtown Syracuse Foundation, Inc., and is a board member for the Gifford Foundation, the Onondaga Citizen’s League, Onondaga County Public Library, Housing Visions Consulting and Adapt CNY, Inc.  Merike received a B.A. in Geography, with minors in Geology and Environmental Studies from the State University of New York at Geneseo and received an M.A. in Geography with a concentration in urban planning from Binghamton University.

ROBERT DOUCETTE is a cofounder of Paramount Realty Group and President of Armory Development & Management. With 30 years of real estate experience, Mr. Doucette has been a pioneer in the downtown revitalization efforts in Syracuse, NY.  Mr. Doucette has also served as a consultant to city governments and private companies interested in urban revitalization and mixed use development.  In addition, he has taught as an adjunct professor at LeMoyne College’s Sociology and Urban Studies Departments and Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management where he taught real estate development. Mr. Doucette holds his bachelors degree from Lemoyne College and a Master of Public Administration and Juris Doctorate from Syracuse University.  Mr. Doucette has won several awards for his work in the Armory Square District of Syracuse and he serves on boards of several organizations.  His volunteer activities include Syracuse 2020, the Downtown Committee, Onondaga Environmental Institute, and Catholic Charities.  He has two children and lives with his wife in Syracuse.

GEORGE W. CURRY is an Endowed Kennedy Chair and Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF).  Curry’s academic career spans more than four decades at ESF. A pioneer in the field of cultural landscapes, his dedication to his students and profession have earned him numerous recognitions, including the 2008 New York Professor of the Year designation from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the2007 Landscape Architecture Educator of the Year award by DesignIntelligence magazine. Curry’s involvement in cultural landscape preservation research with the National Park Service and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation has been a major professional focus for the last 20 years while he continued to teach undergraduate and graduate students at ESF.  Curry has been instrumental in revitalizing a number of neighborhoods in the Syracuse area, including Syracuse’s Armory Square which is now listed in the National Register of Historic Places.


“A Sustainable Community requires linking together economic vitality, social equity, and environmental stewardship”

For more information, contact F.O.C.U.S. at 315-448-8732 or focus@syrgov.net

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