Erie Canalway Executive Director Stepping Down


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7After eight years with the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, Executive Director Beth Sciumeca has announced that she will be transitioning out of her position as executive director over the next six months to pursue other professional opportunities.

Sciumeca has worked for the Erie Canalway since 2005. She led the organization during the early stages of implementing its Preservation and Management Plan. An announcement that appeared in the Canalway’s newsletter said “She has been instrumental in raising the stature of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor both nationally and statewide.”

In the coming months, Sciumeca is expected to help the National Park Service, Erie Canalway Commission, and Heritage Fund Board Рthe primary partners that oversee the National Heritage Corridor Рensure a smooth transition to new management.

The Erie Canalway Heritage Fund Board recently hired Bob Radliff to serve as Acting Director. According to the Canalway’s newsletter, “Bob¬†has more than twenty-five years of experience raising and managing resources for nonprofit organizations, serving the last 17 years as the Executive Director of the Community Loan Fund of the Capital Region.” Since 2010, Radliff has also served as the Executive Director of the Albany Center for Economic Success.

Radliff is expected to join the Canalway part-time in September and full-time in October.

The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor spans 524 miles across the full expanse of upstate New York, encompassing the Erie, Cayuga-Seneca, Oswego, and Champlain canals and their historic alignments, as well as more than 230 canal communities.

Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Commission and the Erie Canalway Heritage Fund is a partnership to preserve and promote the corridor as a world class tourism destination, and to foster communities connected by the waterway.

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