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An architect's rendering, at left, shows USITT's new National Office at 315 South Crouse Avenue in Syracuse, New York. USITT's offices will be on the second floor overlooking the parking area on the right of the building.

by Sylvia Hillyard Pannell
USITT President


"Growing Pains" Lead to
New Location, New Friends

The USITT National Office has moved! After more than a decade at 6443 Ridings Road, Syracuse, New York, our staff increased and our holdings and need for storage space grew. We needed more office space; thus our lengthy search for a new office location began.

In May, after many months and an exhaustive and exhausting search by Office Relocation Committee members Carol Carrigan, John Uthoff, Larry Hill, Helen Willard, and Sylvia Hillyard Pannell, we selected and leased a larger and more convenient space in the South Crouse Commons Building. Please make note of our new address:
315 South Crouse Avenue, Suite 200
Syracuse, NY 13210

South Crouse Commons is located at the foot of the hill, some 10 blocks from heart of the beautiful Syracuse University campus. It is two blocks from Syracuse Stage, the premiere professional theatre of Central New York, and very near the beautifully-restored Genesee Grande Hotel.

An outstanding feature of the new office location is its site within the boundaries of the Connective Corridor, a Syracuse initiative (learn more at The USITT National Office will be situated among three major universities and more than 20 cultural venues, all within one mile. Therefore, USITT is "connected" to Syracuse arts associations and like-minded organizations providing the opportunity to strengthen relationships and share ideas and efforts. This will invigorate our organization in new and exciting ways.

"The Connective Corridor is a community-wide effort to link the vast array of arts and cultural happenings, businesses, and neighborhoods in the City of Syracuse. Both an urban design project and collaborative initiative, the Connective Corridor will promote the diverse cultural and economic assets that Syracuse has to offer.

"Partners in the project include Syracuse University; Congressman Jim Walsh; Senators Charles Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton; the City of Syracuse; National Grid, our lead corporate partner; and Time Warner Cable. During the academic year, Syracuse University offers the Connective Corridor shuttle bus, a free service to all riders commuting between destinations along the Corridor." -- from the Connective Corridor website.

The South Crouse Commons building dates from the 1930s. However USITT's second story office space is newly designed and constructed. It features an attractive reception area, nine roomy offices, a fully equipped mailroom/ workroom, a break room, and an inviting and comfortable conference room. The staff is very pleased with the new offices, and is glad that, on the first floor of the building, storage space is provided for such needs as publications and conference materials.

Further, the building features a loading dock that will simplify the packing and moving demands of conference, and other shipping needs.

To celebrate the move, the Fall Board of Directors meeting will be held in Syracuse October 11 to 14 with meetings at both the new office and at the Genesee Grande Hotel where the board will be housed. This marks the first time that the Board of Directors has met in Syracuse.

USITT and its staff look forward to settling in and becoming better acquainted with our new neighbors and neighborhood. They would love to show you around. Please plan a trip to USITT's new national office should you be traveling in Central New York -- and don't forget to note that change of address!

To help introduce USITT to the Connective Corridor, a Cocktail Reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, October 12 at the Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology.

We would be pleased to have any members and their guests join us to help celebrate our new connections. Please contact Ashley A. Austin at 800-938-7488 or if you are able to attend, or for complete directions.

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