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For Immediate Release: 4/09/18

The New York Power Authority and New York State Canal Corporation will name the finalists for the $2.5 million Reimagine the Canals Competition, aimed at transforming the state's Canal System to become an engine of economic development and hub for recreation and tourism

The competition, which attracted 145 entries from nine countries, comes as the Canal System celebrates its centennial in 2018.

The finalists will receive up to $50,000 to further develop their entries. The winners, who will receive between $250,000 and $1.5 million to implement their ideas, will be announced early this fall.

WHAT: Announcement of finalists for the Reimagine the Canals Competition

WHEN: Tuesday, April 10, 11:30 a.m.

WHERE: SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Gateway Center, 1000 Irving Avenue, Syracuse.

WHO: Representatives of NYPA and the Canal Corporation, members of the finalist teams

Contact: Steven Gosset, Click To Send An Email or by telephone at 914-327-9300.

About the NYPA

NYPA is the nation's largest state public power organization, through the operation of its 16 generating facilities and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. NYPA uses no tax money or state credit. It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of electricity. More than 70 percent of the electricity NYPA produces is clean renewable hydropower. For more information visit and follow us on Twitter (@NYPAenergy), Facebook (/NYPAEnergy), Instagram (@nypaenergy), Tumblr (nypaenergy), and LinkedIn.

About the New York State Canal Corporation

New York's canal system includes four historic canals: the Erie, Champlain, Oswego and Cayuga-Seneca. Spanning 524 miles, the waterway links the Hudson River with the Great Lakes, the Finger Lakes and Lake Champlain. The canals form the backbone of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor and connect hundreds of unique and historic communities. In 2018, New York is celebrating the bicentennial of the start of the Erie Canal's construction.

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Steven Gosset
Media Relations
(914) 390-8192