“Lessons from Austin” Moderators’ Notes

Thank you to everyone that took time out of their busy schedules to join us for ACE’s First Cultural Tourism Summit: Lessons From Austin with Meredith Powell of  Public City. We hope it was as enlightening and engaging for you as it was for us. We are grateful to have had Meredith Powell share her knowledge with us and impart … Read More

Making the Scene: Lessons From Austin Photo Highlights

Our Making the Scene: Lessons from Austin event was a wonderful experience. With about 200 people in attendance, the event featured a presentation by Meredith Powell of Public City—leaders of Austin’s cultural tourism efforts—about the decades of planning and team building that went into their plans, as well as lessons about what hasn’t worked and benefited all residents. Thank you … Read More

Creative Economy Mixer at Opalka Gallery

Our March 2019 our ACE #CreativeEconomyMixer was at Opalka Gallery on The Sage College of Albany’s Campus. We saw screenings of amazing Capital Region film projects in the gallery’s Screening Room, including “Safehouse” by Micah Khan of Golden Horde Films and “Zebra” by Lisa M. Thomas of Thin Edge Films. Sam Margolius shared a “behind the scenes” breakdown of a … Read More

Branch VFX Executive Producer Sam Margolius

Sam Margolius is a forward thinking producer and business executive balancing the hybrid spaces of art, entertainment, technology, production, and marketing. He is a Twenty year veteran of the content world with deep experience working with world-class studios, brands, artists, producers and visionary storytellers in both their core production needs as well as the strategy and implementation of new channels of … Read More

Community Loan Fund Business Spotlight: Coiled, A Textured Salon

Lavida Barkley began braiding hair at the age of 12, and what began as a hobby gradually became a profession starting with her first “client” at the age of 15 . “I relied on hair braiding off and on for years, while living in the Capital Region, to Atlanta Georgia, and back.” When she returned to the Capital Region to … Read More

Creative Economy Mixer at Darn Good Yarn: Photo Highlights

ACE held its February #CreativeEconomyMixer at Darn Good Yarn in Clifton Park. There were tours of Darn Good Yarn’s amazing facility, beverage tastings by Yankee Distillery and Single Cut Brewing: North Store, a performance by poet and visual artist D. Colin, and a “The Price Is Right” style giveaway! Many attendees also enjoyed the “Learn to Crochet/Knit” station as well. NYS Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner led an engaging discussion with … Read More

NY’s Capital Region: A Heron’s Nest for North American Haiku

Photo by James Schlett. It is a story that starts almost like a joke: almost two decades ago, a state worker, an electrical engineer and a classical music composer walked into a Tai restaurant. The joke, however, ends there, and what has happened since then has amounted to a tour de force in the North American haiku community. Haiku – … Read More

Sponsor Spotlight: Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership

Economic Forecast In 2018, Saratoga County continued to be one of the fastest-growing counties in New York State, and for good reason. With an educated workforce, great companies from diverse industry sectors, and a vibrant quality of place, we possess all the attributes that make our community a great investment for businesses and residents. Who wouldn’t want to invest, live, … Read More

Freelance Pattern Designer Needed: Darn Good Yarn

Darn Good Yarn is looking for a freelance pattern designer to assist with the design and photography of new knitting, crochet or weaving patterns. The candidate best suited for this position is a skilled knitter, crocheter or weaver, has experience designing patterns for all skill levels and can produce designs on a monthly basis. The Pattern Designer will be responsible … Read More

Community Loan Fund Business Spotlight: Dance Fire Studio & Fitness

Dance Fire Studio & Fitness

The Community Loan Fund has been helping businesses and individuals be successful since 1985 and offers a variety of programs and resources. They provide access to capital for microenterprises and freelancers for business development. This article is a part of a series that highlights local businesses who have benefitted from a Community Loan Fund Loan. Natalia and Florin Vlad opened … Read More