Specialist takes an interest in city

The Leader-Herald

GLOVERSVILLE —The Fulton County Center for Regional Growth Board of Directors may be getting a visit from a former worker at New York City’s Bryant Park.

Downtown Development Specialist Jennifer Jennings told the CRG board that she has had conversations with Andy Manshel about Gloversville. She said Manshel came up to the city a few weeks ago and did a walking tour of downtown.

“He did a case study on Gloversville, which is on his website,” Jennings said. “He has a lot of experience in economic development and he is interested in Gloversville from discussion we have had during the walking tour.”

Jennings said Menschel has offered to come up to Gloversville for a very low fee to discuss opportunities for downtown Gloversville. She said she met Manshel at the Project for Public Spaces event in New York City. During the event, she said they started discussing Downtown Gloversville and the Downtown Revitalization initiative application for the city.

“He helped review the application and he said if we wanted to do a conference call we could do that. If we wanted more of a formal meeting, we would just pay for his gas and hotel room for the night,” Jennings said. “For someone who has the experience he has it is really useful.”

Members of the CRG were interested in having Manshel meet with them during a board meeting. Jennings said she would work to set that up for this fall, possibly even this month.

Gloversville will be hosting one stop during a three day series with Mark Fenton, a national expert on complete streets, starting on Oct. 5.

Jennings said Fenton is touring a number of cities in the Mohawk Valley and will stop in Gloversville during his tour.

“Basset Healthcare reached out to us about being a host. We are going to have about 50 people [at the CRG] for a discussion and he is going to host a walking tour to show best practices and also options for improving for complete streets,” she said.

By Patricia Older

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