jennifer-jenningsFulton County Center for Regional Growth and the City of Gloversville, in conjunction with the downtown development team, are pleased to announce that Jennifer Jennings has been hired for the position of Gloversville Downtown Development Specialist.

Ms. Jennings is a graduate of Bryant College in Smithfield, RI. She spent several years in London, United Kingdom, where she earned a master’s degree in Urbanization and Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Upon her return to the states, she began a career in farm advocacy and area food systems. She has worked as an outreach consultant for the Agricultural Stewardship Association before moving on to work as a Food Industry Relations Associate for the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York. Most recently, Ms. Jennings worked as Market Manager for Schenectady Greenmarket.

“I am very excited about this new challenge,” Ms. Jennings said. “I have a deep affection for the city of Gloversville and see so much possibility in our area. While studying abroad, I began to connect the information I was learning with my home in the Mohawk Valley, specifically with Fulton and Montgomery Counties. My experiences provide me with a unique perspective on how to approach the problems of redevelopment. I can’t wait to get started.”

“We look forward to having Jennifer join our office,” CRG President and CEO, Ronald Peters, stated. “Our downtown team developed a specific job description when considering what we needed this position to do for downtown Gloversville. We conducted a thorough candidate search and are confident that we chose a qualified, energetic and enthusiastic employee in Jennifer Jennings.”

Gloversville Mayor Dayton King is also excited about Ms. Jennings joining the CRG. He added, “This position will be great for the City of Gloversville as we continue to move revitalization forward. I have enjoyed working with Ron Peters as we (the City of Gloversville) have renewed our partnership with CRG. The addition of Jennifer as the Gloversville Downtown Development Specialist will only help our relationship to grow.”

The downtown development team supporting the Gloversville Downtown Development Specialist position is made up of a consortium of downtown business owners and downtown groups. This team has collectively funded the position for a three-year contract and will assist CRG in overseeing the progress and direction of the position. The team consists of: the City of Gloversville, Downtown Gloversville Business Improvement District, Fulton County Center for Regional Growth, Gloversville Economic Development Corporation (AKA Promote Gloversville), the Hohenforst Family, and Ronald Zimmerman.

Ms. Jennings will start her new job with CRG on January 3, 2017. Downtown Gloversville businesses are encouraged to reach out to her as of this date via phone (518-725-7700, ext 107), email (jenniferj@fccrg.org), or at CRG’s office, located at 34 West Fulton Street.

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