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56th Annual School Transportation Conference

July 13-16, 2014
Albany, NY

Dan McCoy

Greetings!

I'm so happy you are visiting Albany County to experience its charm, charisma and beauty. Each season, Albany County exhibits new character by offering a wide range of activities to entertain families, singles, senior citizens and children. Simply, Albany County has something for everyone.

 

You will be mesmerized by our architecture and you must visit our extraordinary museums, theatres and restaurants. The city of Albany's business district and surrounding neighborhoods are rich with cultural heritage, while the suburbs offer historic houses and public spaces. Our hill towns showcase nature and agriculture at its finest.

As the capital of New York State, Albany is the hub of state government and offers magnificent sights including the Million Dollar Staircase at the State Capitol, the Empire State Plaza and the Egg.

Enjoy your visit and we hope to see you in Albany County again soon!

Daniel P. McCoy
Albany County Executive 

On behalf of the Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau, we are delighted to welcome back the 56th Annual School Transportation Conference to New York State's historical capital city.

We are certain your experience will be productive and personally rewarding, but will also provide you with an opportunity to discover all that Albany has to offer. From shopping to dining, to arts and entertainment opportunities, and countless cultural cuisine venues, Albany has it all for you to take in! 

The Albany Marriott will be the host hotel for this prestigious convention and is centrally located along Wolf Road. You will find many options for shopping and dining in close proximity, including over 40 restaurants and Colonie Center Shopping Mall which features L.L. Bean, P.F. Chang's, The Cheesecake Factory, Sephora, Christmas Tree Shops and Regal Cinemas Stadium 13. Located at Wolf Road Shoppers Park is a favorite clothing store, Talbot's (outlet store) click here to learn more. 

Just a stone's throw away from the hustle and bustle of Wolf Road, is The Crossings of Colonie, an ideal place for walking, running, biking and skating. Conveniently bordering the Crossings is the Rudy A. Ciccotti Family Recreation Center, one of the most comprehensive fitness facilities in the Capital Region that includes a family friendly water park.

Approximately 20 minutes from Wolf Road is the contemporary design of the Empire State Plaza, completed as a vision of Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller in 1978. The Plaza was built not only to serve as government offices, but as a center of arts, culture and community activity. The New York State Museum (the largest State Museum in the country), the Empire State Art Collection and the Empire State Performing Arts Center (known as The Egg for its unusual and distinctive design) are all contained at the Plaza. In addition, you will be able to visit the NYS Capitol as well as the Albany Institute of History & Art.

The Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center offers visitors access to information seven days a week. The knowledgeable staff can answer visitor inquiries and they are well stocked with travel brochures about the capital region of New York State. The Visitors Center is also home to the USS Albany Exhibit, an exhibit dedicated to preserving the National Heritage of the City of Albany and to honor all those who proudly served aboard ships named after the capital city of New York State. Experience the rich history of the USS Albany ships starting in 1846 to the current day. Come walk through history and view memorabilia!

Back by popular demand, the Historic Trolley Tours of Albany will begin every Saturday in June at 11am. The tours will being and end at Dutch Apple Cruises FREE parking lot. The tour will last for approximately 1 1/2 hours and everyone will be able to enjoy the beautiful Dutch architecture and our 400 year old city....Tickets may be purchased on-line through their website at www.dutchapplecruises.com

While you are in the capital region enjoying your conference be sure to add some unique culinary options and infuse some local destination flavor into your stay. From locally grown fare to unique craft cocktails and beer, there will definitely be something to please your palate and leave you wanting more!

 The Albany Distilling Company, Inc.   (518) 512-9949 
 Albany Pump Station  (518) 447-9000
 Beirut Restaurant  (518) 270-9404
 Blu Stone Bistro  (518) 869-9976
 Brookview Winery  (518) 732-7317
 Chatham Winery  (518) 392-WINE
 City Beer Hall  (518) 449-2337
 Dali-Mamma  (518) 443-2233
 Mamoun's  (518) 434-3901
 Mariachi  (518) 465-2568
 Flow from The Garden (dinner only)  (518) 427-3881
 Jake Moon Café  (518) 768-2570
 Nine Pin Cider  (518) 449-9999
 Olde English Pub  (518) 434-6533
 Palmer House  (518) 797-3449
 Roy's Caribbean  (518) 433-1343
 Sri Siam Thai Restaurant  (518) 915-1655
 Taste  (518) 694-3322

Another fun meeting experience that has grown in popularity is attending a local Farmers' Market. Markets are dedicated to offering fresh food, produce, crafts, wines, organic meats and cheeses, honey and baked goods. Visiting the capital region markets helps to support local, small farms. The nearer the food is, the less gas, electricity and other energy is used transporting it, saving the environment and the economy from the effects of wasted energy. Most markets are seasonal so be sure to visit their website for the latest information. Enjoy!

Ballston Spa Farmers Market
Cohoes Farmers Market
Colonie Farmers Market
Delaware Avenue Neighborhood Farmers Market
Delmar Farmers Market
Downtown Albany, NY Farmers Market
Empire State Plaza Farmers Market
Menands Farmers Market 
Rensselaer Farmers Market
Schenectady Farmers Market
Troy Summer Farmers Market
Waterford Harbor Farmers Market

 

Green Meeting

What Can I do as an Attendee to be Environmentally Responsible at My Conference? You have the power to make a difference....start by adopting a few common sense policies that will not compromise your experience...it will make you feel good knowing you have contributed to part of your conference's success by leaving a smaller "carbon footprint". If available, please make sure to recycle as much as possible in your hotel room, catered functions, registration and on the exhibit floor. Paperless, paperless, paperless whenever possible. If conference mobile apps are available, utilize as much as you can. Ask the housekeeping department not to change the sheets and towels daily unless requested by you. In addition, ask the hotel not to replace the amenities daily unless they are gone. Before leaving your sleeping room for the day shut blinds and turn down the heat/air conditioning during the day in rooms while attendees are gone. Utilize public or hotel transportation as much as possible....better yet walk if you can. For additional information on how you and/or your meeting can make a difference click here.

Listed below are several useful links that will provide you with additional information as well as information regarding services, shopping and dining in the Capital Region. If there is anything we can do while you are here, please contact Debby Goedeke, Convention Services Manager at 1-800-258-3582 x 100. Please enjoy your stay and come back soon.

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Walking tour of downtown Albany
Wolf Road Dining Options/Map
Albany attractions


Shopping Information
Colonie Center Mall
Crossgates Mall
Stuyvesant Plaza


Travel Information
Albany International Airport
Albany-Rensselaer Amtrak Station
Driving Directions
Megabus


Banks 

 

 

 Bank of America

 133 Wolf Road

 (518) 459-9003

 First Niagara

 95 Wolf Road

 (518) 482-6074

 Key Bank

 155 Wolf Road 

 (518) 453-1612 

Medical Care Facilities

 

 

 Albany Medical Center

 43 New Scotland Avenue

 (518) 262-3125

 Albany Memorial Hospital

 600 Northern Boulevard

 (518) 471-3221

 St. Peter's Hospital

 315 South Manning Boulevard

 (518) 525-1550

Pharmacies

 

 

 CVS

 465 Sand Creek Road

 (518) 482-2835

 Hannaford Pharmacy

 96 Wolf Road

 (518) 482-1925

 Rite Aid

 463 Albany Shaker Road

 (518) 458- 1205

Churches

 

 

 St. Francis Chapel

 145 Wolf Road

 (518) 459-2854

 Calvary Baptist Church

 12 Launfal Street

 (518) 459-2717

 St. John's Lutheran Church  

 303 Sand Creek Road

 (518) 465-7545


 

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