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The School Facilities Management Institute (SFMI), in collaboration with the New York State Education Department, presents the annual Critical Issues Summit. It provides New York State’s education professionals with the most timely information and resources to continue providing safe, clean, healthy, and energy efficient learning environments for students, teachers, administrators and the local community. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to connect with your education colleagues. 

Who Should Attend

  • Directors of Facilities
  • Superintendents of Buildings & Grounds 
  • School Business Officials 
  • School Business Managers
  • School Board Members
  • School Superintendents
  • Support Staff
  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Project Managers
Preliminary Schedule
8:00 am   Registration and Coffee
9:00-9:30 am Welcome and Featured Speaker
Kim Parahus, NYSSFA President
Shannon Tahoe, Interim Commissioner, NYS Education Department
9:30-10:45 am Need Funding? Energy Incentive Programs
NYSERDA and utility representatives will discuss various programs and systems available to provide financial and  technical resources for your districts.
Hannah Morgan, NYSERDA
Joseph Crimi, NYPA
Alex Valentino, PSE&G
Renee Devine, National Grid
Orange and Rockland Utility representative 
10:45-11:00 am Break
11:00 am-12:15 pm  Project Funding Options: Understanding the Differences between an Energy Performance Contract and a Capital Project
Funding options and the differences between an EPC and capital project funding will be discussed.
Andrea Orlando, C&S Companies
Steve Abramski, C&S Companies
12:30-1:30 pm Lunch (Albany Room in the Empire State Plaza)
1:45-3:00 pm  Critical Issue Updates
Kimberly Evans, Public Health Specialist, NYS Dept. of Health and Rosanne Groff, Coordinator, Office of Facilities Planning, NYSED
Representatives from NYS Department of Health and NYSED's Office of Facilities Planning will present updates on lead in water regulations, the BCS two year
cycle, visual inspections and other critical updates.
 3:00 pm Closing Remarks by NYSSFA President Kim Parahus

Registration includes lunch, breaks, and training materials. 
Cancellation Policy: Cancellations received after February 25 receive no refund and you will be invoiced for the registration fee.

SFA Member: Active/Affiliate/Business Partner 
♦ $85 first participant
♦ $55 for each additional person from same school district or organization 

SFA Non-member: Active/Affiliate/Business Partner 
♦ $125 first participant
♦ $95 for each additional from same school district or organization

Hotel Accommodations

The Hampton Inn & Suites is Sold Out.

Hilton Garden Inn, 62 New Scotland Ave, Albany, 518.396.3500, Rate: $175/night, Group code: NYSSFA, Deadline is February 12. Parking is complimentary. Check-in time is 3 p.m. and check-out is 12 p.m.
Reserve your room using the book link.

Thank You Sponsors


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The Critical Issues Summit provides an excellent opportunity for companies to engage and connect with our members. Companies interested in a sponsorship should contact SFMI at 518.465.0563 or sfmi@nyssfa.com. A complete listing of sponsorship levels and benefits are listed below.

Reserve Your Sponsorship Here

All sponsors receive:

  • Recognition in the event’s printed materials and on signage at the event

  • Recognition in all e-mail communications promoting the event

  • Sponsor recognition on event name badges

  • Listing on the SFA or SFMI website with a link to your company’s website

  • Pre- and post-event visibility

Premier - $7,500

  • Five complimentary registrations and parking passes
  • Information table to place literature
  • Two week sponsorship in our weekly Wednesday Wake Up electronic newsletter

Executive - $3,500

  • Two complimentary registrations and parking passes
  • Information table to place literature
  • One week sponsorship in our weekly Wednesday Wake Up electronic newsletter 

Capital - $1,500

  • One complimentary registrations and parking pass