MAYVILLE - Many Mayville residents enjoy where they live so much that they're willing to do their part to make it even better.
On Wednesday night, Feb. 20, the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency invited Harry Sicherman, noted community and economic development consultant, to the Chautauqua Suites Hotel and Exposition Center to act as mediator to a Mayville-area community development forum. Sicherman, who has 35 years of experience with revitalization efforts, is best known for assisting in the redevelopment of lower Manhattan following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
"I was asked by the CCIDA to take a look at Mayville for the possibility of downtown revitalization ... which tells you that downtowns are the most important thing to a lot of people in Upstate New York and that many are in at least a partial state of decay," said Sicherman. "Downtown is the center of government and community, and it's where it starts for a lot of (cities and villages). As many of you know, the big-box department store has contributed to the destruction of the downtowns of (municipalities) all across the state and country. Throw in social networking, television, et cetera, and you've drained a lot of personality away from the downtown model."