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A Competition to Reimagine the
New York State Canal System

Meet the Finalists and Share Your Ideas

About the Competition

The New York State Canal System is an engineering marvel that transformed New York State. From its inception in 1825, the canals have created new opportunities for New Yorkers in how they live, work, and play.

As the Canal System enters its third century of operation, the New York Power Authority and the New York State Canal Corporation, under Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's leadership, launched Reimagine the Canals, a $2.5 million global competition that seeks the best ideas to enable the Canal System to become an engine for economic growth and world-class tourism. The response was overwhelming. 145 entries were submitted, representing nine states and seven countries.

An expert panel of jurors, NYPA, and the Canal Corporation have selected seven project submissions that stood out above the rest. These seven finalist teams were awarded up to $50,000 each to take their ideas to the next level, presented in the Meet the Finalists section of this website.

Your input is needed! Review and share your valuable feedback on the finalist proposals. Comments will guide the selection of winners and you will help shape the Canal System’s future.

In early October, the winners of this competition will be revealed— $2.5 million will be awarded to the winners, and the reward will be passed on to all New Yorkers. It’s time to get on board as we reimagine the next generation of the New York Canal System!