Downtown Gloversville will be the setting for the quarterly meeting of the NYS Urban Council, a group that facilitates and encourages revitalization and development of central business districts in cities, towns and villages across New York State.
The conference: “Gloversville – Downtowns with a Future – The Making of Places,” will run Thursday, April 14 at 8:30 a.m. to noon on Friday, April 15 at various downtown buildings within walking distance, starting at the NBT Bank Building at 12 North Main Street
Formed in 1991, the NYS Urban Council gets assistance from the Empire State Development Corporation as it brings together “downtown practitioners” and economic development professionals to share ideas about breathing life into business districts,
The regional meeting in Gloversville is a chance to convene professionals to work together to identify solutions for common issues faced in our communities and business districts. A peer-based resource, the Council tracks innovative programs and communities, in hopes of being a go-to resource for New York business districts. This regional meeting is open to downtown and Main Street casino canada professionals, their respective board members and businesses and the like to come learn in this “live” learning laboratory. The planned “Live Learning Laboratory” program will be fast-paced, with peer-to-peer exchanges, lively speakers, peer professional social opportunities and best (and not-so-good) practice examples.
Organizers are putting together an informal gathering opportunity for those who plan to arrive the night before on April 13. Contact the local hosts, Vince DeSantis of the City of Gloversville, firstname.lastname@example.org or Ron Peters, Fulton County Center for Regional Growth 518-725-7700.
Tickets are $75 for the full conference or $25 for the Thursday night dinner and presentation only. Tickets may be purchased online here (with an added EventBrite handling fee.)
The Holiday Inn Johnstown/Gloversville is offering a $90 room rate April 13 -15 for participants who mention NYS Urban Council/INNCOM (308 N Comrie Ave, Johnstown, NY 12095 (518) 762-4686).
Program at a Glance
Thursday, April 14, 2016
8:30 a.m. Registration Open with Complimentary Breakfast at former City National Bank building 12 N Main St, Gloversville, NY 12078
9:15 a.m. Welcoming Remarks
9:45 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Break Out Sessions
Workshop Option A — “Raising the Quality of Life for Living in your Downtown with Crime Prevention” at the former City National Bank / NBT Bank Building 12 N Main St, Gloversville, NY 12078
- Community Policing and Crime Prevention in your Downtown
- Panel: Neighborhood police programs. The first line of economic development in your downtown is dealing with perception and the safety of your center city.
Workshop Option B — “The Making of a Place is all about Messaging”
- Panel: Marketing, special events, outreach. What are the tools to building a vibrant life in town? Experts in downtown programming and marketing will speak of the tools and techniques they use to affect positive messaging and create a sense of place in their communities.
12:00 p.m. Luncheon at The Glove Performing Arts Center, 42 N Main St, Gloversville
During lunch, the Committee for Gloversville’s Downtown will give a status update and ask members of the local business community, participants and downtown practitioners from across the state to share ideas to help shape the host community’s plans for the future.
1:45 p.m. Afternoon Sessions
Workshop C — “Innovative Programming for your Community”
- What others are doing to fill the gap or at least encourage the gap be filled; pop-up retail, food trucks, place-making, alternative energy, car sharing, bike sharing, incentives, office to residential conversions
Workshop D — “Chamber Rotunda-Camp Fire Session”
- Sit around the campfire (indoors) and discuss the challenges of bringing a “Creative Class” sector to life in your community. Discuss with your peers what they are doing in their communities to bring about change in food, the arts, creativity in development, technology and education into the heart of town.
3:15 p.m. Walking Tour of Downtown followed by tour of Schine Memorial Hall - Meet at Chamber Building.
5:00 p.m. Reception and Dinner at the Eccentric Club
- cocktails cash bar, followed by a buffet dinner.
Friday, April 15, 2016
8:15 to 9:45 a.m. Urban Council Board Meeting (for Urban Council Board Members)
9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Non Board Members meet for breakfast at Mohawk Harvest Cooperative
- Statewide & Region-by-Region Coffee Chat
Conference speakers, panel details and requests:
Anthony Capece Albany Central BID: 518-462-4300