As I was driving to our office in Gloversville from our office in Amsterdam, heading north on Route 30, I couldn't help but notice how rapidly the snow was melting and the grass starting to reveal itself. And with the prediction of warmer times ahead (fingers crossed), the pleasant aroma of spring will soon be in the air, the mud will be drying out and the grass growing greener - and before you know it the travelers, vacationers and summer seasonal residents will be returning to our region.
With that being said, this is also a good time to think about, and plan for, a touch up of our businesses. This can amount to as much as a new coat of exterior paint, sweeping and cleaning sidewalks or spaces around your building, some well-placed flowers around your facility, or anything in between. It need not cost a lot, but simply making your business areas more appealing will go a long way. And "appeal" is what defines our businesses and communities, whether for the purpose of economic development (yes, major businesses do want to relocate their people to, and be members of, a community with a good quality of life), or to draw more customers into your place of business; it will be a worthwhile investment.
A charming facade and business site will turn heads and make people take notice. Now is the time to start planning for a cleanup, whether a major one or simply coming up with a schedule of mowing and hedge clipping for the warmer months. But, the community is more than just our business and residential properties. It's the streets, sidewalks, vacant lots, parks and other green spaces - it is all our community - we are the community.
Every year, the Chamber, in partnership with the Fulton County Board of Realtors, undertakes a county-wide cleanup effort, and this year we will be looking to partner with a group in Montgomery County to make it a truly regional endeavor. We all should want to keep our communities clean, attractive and inviting and only you can make that happen.
If you as an individual, or club, or other group would like to be included in our clean-up endeavors by donating a little time (we supply garbage bags and other tools) and elbow grease, please contact the Chamber at 725-0641.
Remember, we are the community.
Mark Kilmer is the President/CEO of the Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce.