I read with interest the story on page one of the Dec. 7 edition of The Leader-Herald regarding the Fulton and Montgomery Region CEO Roundtable's City Revitalization Symposium at the Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery Board of Cooperative Educational Services center.
According to the story, one of the speakers, Richard Kline, owner of the marketing organization Shannon Rose, said it is important for cities to let businesses know what benefits they would have by opening in the cities, such as tax breaks, transportation benefits and good atmosphere.
In my opinion, "transportation benefits" is not an intangible thing for a company seeking to locate in a city. An affordable public transportation system is one thing a company would look for in picking a location.
Another speaker, Ken Tompkins, regional director for Empire State Development's Mohawk Valley Region, said, according to the story, if cities work together to develop a regional plan with surrounding areas, they could help local projects obtain state funding for development.
Although Tompkins did not mention transportation, it seems a no-brainer that transportation should be an important component of the plan.
Fulton and Montgomery counties should develop a coordinated transportation system serving the three cities - Gloversville, Johnstown and Amsterdam - in the two counties.
Member, Gloversville Transit Commission