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The Telegram
  • HealthNet offers training, grant opportunities

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  • HERKIMER — Herkimer County HealthNet is offering some opportunities for local municipalities early in 2014, according to Alison Swartz, Creating Healthy Places coordinator.
    HealthNet will host a free social media marketing training session for Herkimer County farmers’ market managers from 1 to 3 p.m. on Jan. 13 in the Herkimer County Cornell Cooperative Extension’s conference room at 5657 state Route 5, Herkimer. Kim Tranter, who teaches social media marketing at Herkimer County Community College, will cover the basics such as Facebook, Google, Twitter and more. The class will help empower participants to create and enhance social media for their municipality. The training will be basic and introductory.
    Grant funding
    Herkimer County municipalities that can use bicycle racks, crosswalk signage or recreation images can apply for assistance under the Complete Streets program. HealthNet seeks to enhance the health and well being of individuals who live, work, play and learn in Herkimer County.
    A component to the Creating Healthy Places to Live, Work and Play in Herkimer County Grant is developing transportation policies and environmental change to ensure streets are safe, accessible and convenient for all users of the roadway including pedestrians, bicyclists, users of public transit, motorists, children, the elderly and people with disabilities, Swartz said.
    Complete Streets projects throughout New York and in other states consist of, but are not limited to the construction or maintenance of bicycle lanes, traffic signals, mid-block crosswalks, lighting projects and curb extensions.
    Through the Creating Healthy Places Grant, Herkimer County HealthNet wants to help municipalities jumpstart this movement and transform their community into Complete Streets communities. The program is offering up to four municipalities a combination of the following items based on their needs and wants, up to a $5,000 value for each municipality that has already adopted a Complete Streets policy or that will adopt a Complete Streets policy:
    • Signage to guide all modes of transportation to outdoor recreational facilities (parks, playgrounds and ball fields)
    • Signage to alert motor vehicles of bicycle lanes or sharrows (shared lanes)
    • Crosswalk signage
    • Bicycle racks to be distributed throughout the municipality (grocery stores, banks, municipal offices)
    The total price must equal $5,000 or less, including shipping, after all desired items are added up. Herkimer County HealthNet will purchase the items on the community’s behalf and have them shipped to each location. Applications must be submitted no later than Thursday, Feb. 27. Herkimer County HealthNet’s Wellness Committee will review it shortly thereafter.
    For more information, contact Swartz at 867-1499 or ajswartz@herkimercounty.org.
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