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Symposium worthwhile

November 27, 2012
The Leader Herald

We're looking forward to seeing the results of the Fulton and Montgomery Region CEO Roundtable's upcoming City Revitalization Symposium, as we think this will be a worthwhile event.

The symposium will bring together federal Housing and Urban Development officials, state economic development groups, leaders of our three local cities - Gloversville, Johnstown and Amsterdam - and business and education representatives.

Organizers said they can't recall another event like this one. Local officials will hear from Auburn Mayor Michael Quill, developers from the Capital Region and other business leaders.

Downtowns across upstate New York are facing problems similar to those in Fulton and Montgomery counties. Some upstate communities have developed successful revitalization models that others could follow.

At the symposium, developers will talk about what's helped and hindered them, and government officials will discuss available resources. The roughly five-hour event will conclude with sessions in which the cities will convene in separate groups to discuss the next steps toward creating revitalization plans.

We encourage elected officials from the three cities to clear their schedules for this event from 3 to 8:15 p.m. Dec. 6.

Many of our elected officials work for their cities part time. It's not often they get an opportunity to gather with other leaders and focus on mapping solutions. The role of the elected politicians is vital in revitalization efforts. These officials have the power to change policies that can foster growth.

For a business to succeed, it needs a good plan. Similarly, each city should have a plan for improving its downtown.

The symposium will be open to the public. There is no fee because members of the CEO Roundtable are covering the costs.

We encourage anyone who has ideas or a stake in downtown revitalization to attend the event.



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