January 24, 2013

Development effort to outline progress


PLATTSBURGH — The Partnership for Community Development plans to unveil its Vision2Action Report Card tonight at the Strand Theater.

The free presentation will focus on progress made in the target areas featured in four Vision 2040 forums last year: the arts, recreation, transportation and education.

An economic introduction will be followed by a presentation of advances that have become possible in the past year.

The forums were intended to identify what the community needs to do to sustain itself during the next three decades.

Vision 2040, which led to the Partnership for Community Development, had earlier determined the region needs to attract 3,000 families to Clinton County if it hopes to maintain its size, generate sufficient tax revenue and provide needed services.

Partnership for Community Development co-Chair Bob Smith of Nine Platt Hospitality Group believes strongly that the four topic areas are vital to attract families.

“We have great pride in our region and also some untapped potential. These events of the past year have helped to increase communication and awareness,” he said in a press release. “The outcome has been increased cooperation and coordination of efforts that have resulted in significant accomplishments.” 

The event also provides an opportunity to view the progress made at the Strand Theatre as renovations near completion, including a performance to highlight the acoustics of the venue.

A preview is planned of the Destination Master Plan forum scheduled for April.

The event will close with a short discussion about future facilities, events and institutions that could make the region even more attractive.

The Partnership for Community Development intends to continue its Vision 2040 forums in the coming year. Topics include a discussion of the role of the visitor industry to the region’s economic success and regional history as a source of community pride.

Partnership for Community Development co-Chair Devi Momot of Twin State Voice Data Video said she is excited by the efforts.

“The more individuals that are actively involved in our community, the more successful we will be. We can accomplish amazing things when we pull together,” she said.

The doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the event starts at 6 p.m. at the Strand Theater, 29 Brinkerhoff St., Plattsburgh.

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