Saturday, November 18, 2017


World Renowned Poverty Expert to Speak in Elmira

Elmira - Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chemung County (CCE) and the Chemung County Poverty Reduction Coalition are pleased to announce that Dr. Martin Burt, founder and head of Fundación Paraguaya, will be visiting Elmira in anticipation of a project in the City next summer.  Fundación Paraguaya is a non-governmental organization specializing in worldwide innovations to eliminate poverty.  

Dr. Burt will give a free 30-minute presentation on his work in developing and utilizing the “Poverty Stoplight” program in 25 countries on Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 10:00 AM in the auditorium of the Human Resource Center (425 Pennsylvania Ave, Elmira, NY).   

The “Poverty Stoplight” allows families to self-diagnose their level of poverty across six dimensions and develop customized plans to overcome any level of poverty.

Dr. Burt holds a PhD from Tulane University and is a visiting professor at both the American University of Nigeria and at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts.  He previously served as the Mayor of Asunción (Paraguay’s capital city), Vice-Minister of Commerce, and Chief of Staff to the President of Paraguay.  He is also the recipient of numerous awards, including Global Development Network Best Development Project.

“CCE Chemung organized the Poverty Reduction Coalition three years ago with support of the AmericorpsVISTA program of the Rural Health Network of South Central NY as well as Professor Tom Hirschl from Cornell University”, according to CCE Executive Director Andrew Fagan.  “The Coalition consists of over twenty organizations that have been meeting monthly to learn about poverty and how best to address it.  The “Poverty Stoplight” represents our next major effort in working to alleviate household poverty.”

Dr. Burt and his wife, Dorothy, will spend two days in Elmira getting to know the area and its people, along with touring an area of the City targeted for this program. 

Please join us to hear about this exciting program.  There is no charge to attend.

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