No matter how good an idea is, it will prove useless unless put into action. Local government and business leaders should keep that in mind after attending the City Revitalization Symposium.
Earlier this month, local leaders attended the symposium at the Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery Board of Cooperative Educational Services center. The CEO Roundtable put the event together to provide information about resources available to help cities revitalize themselves.
Notably, Auburn Mayor Michael Quill discussed how his city was able to reinvent itself with private and local investors, planning and federal grants.
Other speakers discussed how cities can market themselves and work with other surrounding municipalities to make sure they can pitch strong proposals to the state for development.
However, the key will be for these ideas, and many others from the symposium, to be put into action.
Communication will be an important factor.
Officials in Gloversville, Johnstown and Amsterdam must talk to business groups - and individual business owners - about what benefits they offer. They need to coordinate with businesses when they sponsor local events and try to make people see what the downtowns truly have to offer.
For their part, local business leaders must continue to contact their government leaders when they believe something is wrong, especially when it comes to safety.
They also should take the time to let others know about the good things that are happening in the cities and what activities can enrich our downtowns. For example, an event such as the Vintage Cafe Car Show in Johnstown would be an ideal time for downtown businesses to organize activities to turn spectators into shoppers.
Good ideas came out of the symposium. We hope business and government leaders act on them.