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Power Vista Community Room Renovation Complete And Available for Group Meetings Year-Round

Contact:
Joanne Willmott
716-286-6651
joanne.willmott@nypa.gov

February 1, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE           

LEWISTON—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) has recently completed renovations of the Community Room of the Power Vista on the grounds of NYPA’s Niagara Power Project.  These improvements, including the installation of a high-efficiency heating and air conditioning system, and energy efficient doors and windows, were designed to make the room available for year-round use by community groups and visitors to the Niagara Project.  The Power Vista, which serves as the visitor center for the Niagara Project, is at 5777 Lewiston Road. 

The renovations have added to the versatility of the Community Room by extending its use to all times of the year and updating its facilities to accommodate a greater variety of meetings.  The Community Room is available at no charge to area not-for-profit and civic organizations for meetings and events. 

“The Power Vista Community Room renovations have turned a practical space into an attractive venue for community meetings and events,” said Horace Horton, regional manager, Western New York, NYPA.  “This is another way NYPA has responded to community needs and shown its continued interest in being a good neighbor in Western New York.” 

Organizations such as Leadership Niagara, Niagara University, the Health Association of Niagara County Inc. and the Niagara County Federation of Conservation Clubs have held events at the facility. The Community Room is also available for tour groups and school groups who bring their own lunches. 

The Community Room, a 4,250 square foot space on the lower level of the Power Vista, can comfortably accommodate 200-300 guests depending on the type of meeting or event.  Adjoining the Community Room is a large outdoor patio overlooking the lower Niagara River and Gorge which can be used weather-permitting.

To book a meeting, interested parties should contact a member of NYPA’s Community Relations staff to discuss all logistics.  There is free parking and the facility is handicapped accessible. 

The Power Vista opened in 1963 and has welcomed more than six million visitors.  The Power Vista is admission-free and contains over 50 state-of-the-art interactive exhibits on energy, electricity and local history. Educational programs are offered at no charge for students at all grade levels.  NYPA also sponsors special events year-round at the Power Vista. 

For additional information on booking the Community Room, please call the Power Vista 716-286-6661.

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About NYPA:

 ■    NYPA uses no tax money or state credit.  It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of electricity.  ■    NYPA is a leader in promoting energy-efficiency, new energy technologies and electric transportation initiatives.  ■    It is the nation’s largest state-owned electric utility, with 18 generating facilities in various parts of the state and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines.

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