I am passionate about the upward potential of this region and the downtowns. The downtowns are the front porches of the communities and they need investments to make them feel as comfortable, welcoming and appealing as you want your front porch to feel.
The political leadership of Johnstown, Gloversville and Fulton County needs to work together for the betterment of the larger community. The opportunity of the moment is to seize upon Brownfield grant money that could start helping us rehabilitate key buildings, remove blight and build on our identity as the southern gateway to the Adirondacks. Wherever the improvements take place, we will all benefit. The entrepreneurial forces within our community are waiting for signs of skilled and astute governmental leadership to take a positive vision and transform memories of a glorious past into concrete steps for a more vibrant future, one that makes us and more importantly the next generation of entrepreneurs proud to make this "home."
I am quite convinced that when one entity wins, we will all win. And costs must be shared also. I urge our political leaders to find common areas of interest and work together for the common good above all else - beyond questions of power and personalities. This instance of cooperation can begin to build trust and inspire a broader public sense of confidence, which will be absolutely essential to develop the region's economy.
General manager, Mohawk Harvest