What does downtown Ticonderoga need? The Ticonderoga Revitalization Alliance is asking residents, business leaders and elected officials that question with hopes of developing clear goals for the community’s future.
What does downtown Ticonderoga need?
The Ticonderoga Revitalization Alliance is asking residents, business leaders and elected officials that question with hopes of developing clear goals for the community’s future.
The alliance has contracted with Tricia Haggerty Wenz of Indigo River Consulting, a Connecticut-based firm, to survey people on their feelings and wishes for downtown Ti.
“The purpose of our survey is to focus the non-profits along with the business community and the town’s political leadership on a series of common goals,” Jim Major of the alliance said.
Major said Wenz has had success in revitalization in other communities.
“Tricia has successfully developed a $20 million rehab project in Newburgh and also helped develop a non-profit group assisting the town’s leadership in public common goal projects,” Major said.
The survey asks about housing, schools, shopping opportunities, medical facilities, “hometown atmosphere,” public safety, downtown vitality, cultural activities, tourism and other issues in Ticonderoga.
It also asks what people value most about Ticonderoga, what they would like to see changed, what they feel Ti’s greatest assets are, what Ti’s biggest challenges are, what are the community’s most urgent needs and more.
“Currently we have several non-profits and other organizations doing good work, such as the Fourth of July events, creating crosswalks, workforce education, downtown and trail beautification, downtown events, art and music projects, the sawmill project, building façade clean-ups, web-based filming, building rehabs, etc., as well as the chamber successfully supporting business,” Major said.
“All of this is wonderful and laudatory and benefits everyone who lives in the area,” he said. “The downside might be that separately we loose the benefit of doing and having a greater impact. If our goals were united and were developed by a consensus of thought, we are hopeful of a greater impact.”
The Ti alliance hopes the survey leads to greater cooperation in the community.
“We are reaching out to the community in the hopes of creating a wave of joint effort at the community’s direction,” Major said. “As this process proceeds, we will report back to the community as to the information generated. We ask everyone who receives a survey to take a few minutes to complete the questionnaire and add their input to this process.”
The survey has been distributed via Email. People who did not receive a survey and who would like to complete one can contact the alliance online at ti-alliance.org
Wenz said she looks forward to helping Ticonderoga create and implement a plan for downtown revitalization.
“To date, our planning process has involved a meeting with a group of stakeholders, the main street project (Montcalm Street Partnership), PRIDE, the chamber, local artists and TRA,” Wenz said. “The outcome of this meeting has produced a simple, two-page survey that we are encouraging as many as possible residents, business owners and stakeholders to complete.
“The results of this survey will help determine a vision for downtown Montcalm Street, the appropriate next steps and building upon the good work of so many people, business and organizations that are already doing so much for our community,” she said.