A global competition is taking place to find the best ideas to re-imagine the New York State Canal System.

Governor Andrew Cuomo made the announcement today at the World Canals Conference.

"The Canal System is a vital part of New York's storied past and it is critical that it continues to be an essential component of our state's future," Cuomo said. "We're looking for bold and innovative ideas that ensure the canal system and its surrounding communities can grow and prosper and with this competition, we encourage bright minds from across the globe to contribute their best ideas to help bring this piece of history to new heights."

The competition, to be run by the New York Power Authority and New York State Canal Corporation, will award up to $2.5 million to develop and implement the winning ideas.

The goals of the competition include soliciting programs and initiatives that promote:

  • The Canal System and its trails as a tourist destination and recreational asset for New York residents and visitors;
  •   Sustainable economic development along the Canal System
  • The Canal System's heritage and
  •  The long-term financial sustainability of the Canal Corporation

Submissions for the first round are due by December 4th. The final winners will be announced next spring.

For more information, go to www.reimaginethecanals.com.

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