F.O.C.U.S. on Building Community with Soul

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Sean Kirst has written the fastest selling book ever put out by Syracuse University Press, and it’s all about you – the Soul of Central New York. As a journalist, a parent, and a spouse of a teacher he knows a bit about community building. He and his son Liam and Logan Reidsma, who are working on improving neighborhoods with the Greater Syracuse Land Bank, will speak at the Friday F.O.C.U.S. Forum 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. on Feb. 17. February 17, 2017

F.O.C.U.S. Forum Presenters

Sean Kirst has been writing about the people of Upstate New York since his youth in Dunkirk. At various times in his life he has covered the news of Rochester, Niagara Falls, Buffalo, Oswego and Syracuse, but mostly Syracuse, where he and his wife Nora live and have raised their three children. His third book The Soul of Central New York is a collection of his columns about the people of the region, and it has become the fastest selling book ever for Syracuse University Press. As a city resident whose children attended public schools in Syracuse and played in Little League in city parks and who applies a hands-on strategy for neighborhood cleanup, he has a valuable perspective to share about our community.

Liam Kirst is a Community Outreach Coordinator for the Greater Syracuse Land Bank working on a mural project to improve the appearance of vacant properties as an LISC AmeriCorps service member. He is a Syracuse native and a graduate of the Syracuse City School District’s Corcoran High School. Liam has interned with the City of Syracuse’s Department of Neighborhood and Business Development and has worked in Syracuse University’s Office of Community Engagement and Economic Development as well as Syracuse Media Group’s Sports Department.

Logan Reidsma also is a Community Outreach Coordinator for the Greater Syracuse Land Bank. He is originally from Virginia and worked as a photo editor and a photographer with the Daily Orange at Syracuse University. He went on to work as a GIS Mapping Technician for the company Maponics before beginning his work with the Land Bank.

Everyone is welcome!


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