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Urban Action 1/23

This week's calls to action include the following events and activities. (All are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.)

Forecasting the region's economy

The Rochester Beacon online publication will present a 2019 Economic Forecast Forum on Monday, January 28. The forum will look at the economic challenges and opportunities that will impact the Rochester region in 2019 and how the new Democratic Senate majority in Albany will impact Upstate New York.

Panelists will be Heather Briccetti, president of the Business Council of New York State; Donald Levy, director, Siena Research Institute; EJ McMahon, founder, Empire Center for Public Policy; Kate Washington, CEO, OWN Rochester; and Kent Gardner, chief economist, Center for Governmental Research and a Rochester Beacon founder. The event will be held at the College at Brockport Downtown, 161 Chestnut Street, at 5 p.m. Tickets: $20; 210-0547.

Input sought on the RCSD's search for a superintendent

The Rochester school board will hold two community forums next week to get public input regarding the search for a new school superintendent. Representatives from the search firm BWP and Associates will lead the forums.

The schedule: Tuesday, January 29, East High School, 1801 East Main Street; Wednesday, January 30, at Joseph C. Wilson Commencement Academy, 501 Genesee Street. Both events will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The public is also asked to participate in an online survey concerning the superintendent search. The survey can be accessed at through Friday, February 15.

Highlighting cities that serve all ages

The Community Design Center Rochester will present "Creating Health and Vibrant Cities for All," on Wednesday, January 30. Gil Penalosa, chair of World Urban Parks and founder of 8 80 Cities, will talk about transforming cities into places designed to meet the needs of 8-year-olds and 80-year-olds.

The event will be held at Gleason Works Auditorium, 1000 University Avenue, at 7 p.m. Reservations: 271-0520.