Middle Main

A neighborhood just a little off center

Elizabeth Celaya
  • Poughkeepsie, NY
  • United States
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I am, first and foremost, excited about the possibilities of Middle Main! I have been working on this project since 2008, and am thrilled to see the progress we have made. Community development is my passion. I began working at Hudson River Housing in 2002 as a Supervising Case Manager, working with clients of our emergency and transitional housing programs.  I became Community Relations Manager in 2007, and Director of Organizational and Community Development in 2012. 

In addition to my work overseeing Middle Main, I oversee our Community Building & Organizing line of business, our marketing, outreach, media relations, and communications, and our strategic planning.  I am currently a member of the Board of Directors of Hudson River HealthCare, and have served on the Poughkeepsie Plenty Advisory Committee, the Comité Latino of Poughkeepsie, the Fall Kill Watershed Committee, the Poughkeepsie Journal Multicultural Advisory Committee, and the Dutchess Regional Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Committee.

I have a BA in Latin American Studies from Vassar College, and an MS in Nonprofit Management from The New School.

Elizabeth Celaya's Blog

The Latest "Brief" from the Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory

Posted on January 20, 2015 at 10:00am 1 Comment

2014 - what a year it has been!  In brief:


In December we were awarded $1,350,000 in funding through the NYS Consolidated Funding Application.  This brings our total committed funds to 64% of the total needed to rehabilitate the building.  This announcement followed close on the heels of a $100,000 award from the TD Charitable Foundation. …


Perspectives on Gentrification

Posted on November 11, 2013 at 4:35pm 1 Comment

I want to share these two thought-provoking articles on such an important topic.  As they both point out, we can all choose a role to play, for better or for worse. 

The Ins and The Outs by Vinnie Rotondaro and Maura Ewing, Narratively

Along one of New…

Orange Baked Acorn Squash

Posted on October 9, 2013 at 9:18am 0 Comments

If that sounds good to you then I've got your attention and can remind you of the Middle Main Walking Club setting off tomorrow at 12:15 from the Mid-Hudson Heritage Center at 317 Main St. It looks like cool, partly cloud, dry fall weather tomorrow- perfect conditions for a mid-day invigorating walk that will leave you feeling great and full of energy for the rest of the day!

I encourage you to take part if you can for several…


"Staging:" Food Adventures in Middle Main

Posted on July 9, 2013 at 4:12pm 0 Comments

When I read this article in the luxury-market magazine Departures, I couldn't help but think about how easily you could swap Houston for Middle Main.  There are lots of parallels here - a city seen as less than a destination, neighborhoods filled with diverse cultures, and of course, an authentic ethnic food scene.  The world-renowned chefs profiled in this article talk about drawing inspiration from the hole-in-the-wall joints in Houston's back-alley neighborhoods, and learning new…


First Community Dinner May 18th

Posted on May 8, 2013 at 3:22pm 1 Comment

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At 3:32pm on June 1, 2010, Melissa D'Ambrosio said…
Absolutely Elizabeth. I would love to help in whatever way I can :)
At 5:00pm on January 13, 2010, Eddie Summers said…

This study is very interesting. Although, Poughkeepsie was not identified in it we could use some of the principles to help revitalization the city. The 5 point approach to tackling the basics, build on the city's economic strengths, transform the physical landscape, growth the middle classes and create neighborhoods of choice could be a good guide towards revitalization.
At 10:52pm on January 6, 2010, Eddie Summers said…
Elisabeth, I just noticed the BEAHIVE webpage. It's a great idea and very needed n Poughkeepsie. If Beacon can do it so can Poughkeepsie, especially given that we're a much larger city, with a larger population of diverse people.
At 3:48pm on August 20, 2009, Eddie Summers said…
Thanks Elizabeth! I look forward to being apart of the revitalization of Main Street in the city of Poughkeepsie.


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