Every community in America has a Main Street. It is where we gather, where we shop, where we enjoy social and cultural activity. It is where we live, work, and play. Main Street captures our memories, embodies our history, and foreshadows our future. These places, whether we call them “Main Street” or something else, represent the heart of our communities.
As a county Legislator representing the City of Poughkeepsie, I have been a strong advocate for its economic success and revitalization. Key to this revitalization is a strong and vibrant Main Street corridor.
There are currently several plans to bring back Main Street in Poughkeepsie. They include:
•Main Street Economic Development Strategy — a proposal of five concepts to extend the length of Main Street corridor.
•Middle Main Initiative — a program focused on a five-block area aimed at creating an active cultural hub that supports local businesses.
•Waterfront Redevelopment Plan — a blueprint to create a world-class waterfront with better access to the river, new housing and commercial opportunities with a focus on attracting millennials.
These plans represent an unprecedented investment in the City of Poughkeepsie that will create a lasting impact locally, countywide and regionally. The initiatives also demonstrate extraordinary examples of public-private partnerships. The importance of a reinvigorated Main Street in Poughkeepsie to our overall economic health has not been lost on most of my city and county colleagues, and I am excited to lead the way in turning good ideas into reality.
The county has become, and will continue to be, an integral partner in the rebirth of our city. There are a number of ways County Executive Marc Molinaro and I are working with community stakeholders to attract people and businesses to the City of Poughkeepsie. For example, our county Planning Department has been empowered with a new focus on helping developers and investors by creating a more business-friendly atmosphere — one that will help to fill vacant commercial space, attract more tourists and promote Poughkeepsie’s potential as a key economic hub.
If we can revitalize our Main Street, we can build on that success throughout our city. A vibrant and productive Main Street means more jobs for residents and more resources to deliver essential services, such as road repairs, snow removal and public safety — improving the quality of life throughout the city.
I look forward to continue working to rekindle the spirit of Main Street here in Poughkeepsie. A stronger Main Street will make a stronger Poughkeepsie. And a stronger Poughkeepsie means a stronger Dutchess County. Main streets matter.