Tuesday, August 15, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EDT
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University Club of Albany 
141 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12210

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Ellen Dragonette 
University Club of Albany Foundation 

CDRPC@50 - Thyag - 8/15 

The 3rd CDRPC@50 speaker series will feature Sambamurthy Thyagarajan (Thyag), former longtime adjunct professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the University at Albany and Executive Director of CDRPC from 1972-1980. He'll discuss how planning has retooled to address the components of sustainability over the past 40 years. CE credits available! 

Capital District Regional Planning Commission Continues 
Speaker Series at University Club to Mark Anniversary 

S. Thyagarajan FIIA, AICP (“Thyag”) will discuss
40 Years of Planning in the Capital District, Tuesday 8/15

ALBANY, NY – The third in the Capital District Regional Planning Commission’s (CDRPC) speaker series, CDRPC@50, will feature Sambamurthy Thyagarajan, former longtime adjunct professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the University at Albany and Executive Director of CDRPC from 1972-1980. A luncheon presentation will be held on Tuesday, August 15 at the National Register-listed University Club at 141 Washington Avenue at Dove Street.

He will discuss how planning has retooled to address the components of sustainability, including: the environment, economy, transportation issues, land use change, community development and resource conservation. Attendees will learn how planners at the local, regional and statewide levels use these tools to make better decisions about our built and natural environments.

The University Club will serve a hot and cold buffet from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m., with the program commencing at 12:30. The cost for the luncheon is $20. Reservations for the August 15 luncheon are required by Friday, August 11 and may be made online at www.universityclubalbany.com or by contacting Donna Reinhart at 518-453-0850 or donna@cdrpc.org.

Prior to retirement, Mr. Thyagarajan served as senior planner at Energy Answers, a company that develops solid waste management solutions with environmentally sound resource recovery technologies. Previously, Thyag served as Director of Facilities Planning and Development for the NYS Division for Youth. In his career in regional planning from 1963 to 1982, he was responsible for the development of regional plans for the Baltimore, Detroit, the Albany Capital District, and the Tri-State New York City region. He also worked in Belgrade in present-day Serbia; in London and with the United Nations Development Program in South Korea. For some three decades, Thyag served as an Adjunct Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the University at Albany, in the Department of Geography and Planning.

Mr. Thyagarajan has been a board member of local organizations involved in health and human services, and served as a member of the Albany Civic Forum; Riverfront Action; the Albany Land Use Advisory Committee of the State Commission on the Capital Region; and Chair of the strategic planning committee for the Ten Broeck Mansion.

Thyag holds a Master of City & Regional Planning, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH; a B.A. in Architecture from the University of Bombay, India; he is a Fellow of the Indian Institute of Architects - FIIA; and a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners – AICP.

This event is open to the public and presented by the Capital District Regional Planning Commission (CDRPC) and the University Club of Albany Foundation, Inc. One need not be a member of either organization to attend. If your municipality has passed a resolution accepting CDRPC as a training provider, this event will meet the State law for Planning and Zoning Boards continuing education requirements (sample resolutions available upon request). A certificate of attendance will be provided to Planning and Zoning Board attendees. Certification Maintenance credits may also be available for members of the American Institute of Certified Planners.


The Capital District Regional Planning Commission (CDRPC), a regional planning and resource center, is in its 50th year of providing support to New York’s Capital Region. The CDRPC provides objective analysis of data, trends, opportunities, and challenges relevant to the Region’s economic development and planning communities. Since its creation, the Commission has been promoting intergovernmental cooperation; communicating, collaborating, and facilitating regional initiatives; and fostering dialogues on solutions to regional problems. The CDRPC was established by an agreement signed by representatives of Albany, Rensselaer, and Saratoga and Schenectady Counties in 1967, and these counties continue their commitment to the organization by providing financial support for its programs and services to this day. This funding forms the basis for CDRPC’s operating budget, and is further used to leverage funding from grants and other revenue sources to serve the best interests of the public and private sectors in the Region. For further information about CDRPC please visit www.cdrpc.org or https://www.facebook.com/cdrpc.

The 501c3 University Club Foundation which was formed in 2009 to recognize and maintain the unique historic and architectural significance of the University Club building and property, its neighborhood and the city of Albany, where it has been located since its inception in 1901. For more information call 518-463-1151 or visit www.universityclubalbany.com.