The Office of Government and Community Relations works to maintain positive and effective relationships between the University and all levels of government and the community, and acts as the University’s liaison and primary point of contact with elected and appointed officials and staff. The team works to strengthen the University’s visibility and image, particularly at the State and local levels, and to create an advocacy strategy that supports the University’s strategic vision. The unit informs the University community about relevant federal and State government action and helps respond appropriately to funding and legislative opportunities.
The office is responsible for overseeing the University’s State Relations agenda, which includes major priorities, campus-based University-wide funding initiatives, legislative priorities, and other advocacy and outreach activities. The team also works to secure State funding for capital-based initiatives related to the University’s facility needs. In addition, the office leverages events and award ceremonies on campus that raise the profile of the University – both regionally and nationally. These events typically involve dignitaries within the governmental sphere, as well as partners in business, industry, civic, and philanthropic organizations.
The University at Albany strives to be an active, engaged and conscientious neighbor. The Office of Government and Community Relations serves as a link between UAlbany, the city, its neighborhood associations, businesses and the broader Albany community to cultivate relationships that make both the University and the city stronger together
The Office of Government and Community Relations also pursues federal funding through Congressional initiatives developed in support of major University research programs. The team reviews and evaluates federal grant and funding opportunities that reflect the Administration’s priorities. Based on annual reviews of University priorities, the office coordinates Congressional and Federal agency advocacy for funding programs for existing and proposed initiatives of University PIs, faculty researchers, and administrators. The team also reviews ideas and strategies for proposing authorizing legislation that would support future University initiatives.
The office also coordinates Federal Agency Days on campus to educate our faculty and researchers on how to better understand, compete for and attract federal funding. Additionally, the office proposes a number of other initiatives in Washington D.C., including agency visits, events and briefings, and advancing nominations for appointments to federal boards and advisory committees.