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Survive Then Thrive

With Community Development Director, Judy Pangman, I was tasked to create a committee that would address the issues facing the City as it sought to navigate the perils of the pandemic and its impact on our local economy; and to plan for a post-pandemic reality in which we might come out stronger.
From a core of 6 people, we devised a sub-committee structure that eventually included more than 6-dozen members of the business leadership, retailers, restaurateurs, and the community.

Click to see the committee strategy; structure and objectives.

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A benefit to my other life as owner of Sweet Home Productions is that I was able to donate the construction of a website that educates about COVID relief, but also serves as a portal through which businesses can be supported through the purchase of gift cards as well as on-line shopping.

Initiatives to assist small businesses.
Grant funding was the most obvious boon to small downtown businesses. But, we also got creative in deployment of other (less bureaucratic) strategies,

Thank you, Mark Drnek. I am giving the NY Conference of Mayors plaque recognizing Oneonta’s Survive, then Thrive initiative to Mark in recognition of his leadership and hard work. Well done!