“Relying on an outside consultant is not the answer. You need to take it from here and partner with others, such as the (New York) Department of State.”
“We need a very specific business plan,” Russell added. “What we have here is general. A business park is a major opportunity, so is bio-fuel processing, such as from willow.
“There is an agricultural base here. Westport needs to look at other communities to partner with, possibly even look to Vermont. We need to look at every building on Main Street for revitalization and decide what the spaces could be used for.”
“The new challenge is for the committees to take the information and move forward,” Connell said. “The arts was the main focus and what got us the grant money (for the study).
“The most important thing so far is that it’s got people talking.”
Suggestions are still welcome, he said.
Copies of the report are available at the Westport Town Hall and library or go to: www.westportny.net and click on “projects.”
The next Planning Committee meeting is 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, at the Westport Town Hall. All are welcome.
Email Alvin Reiner at: firstname.lastname@example.org