State of the Street
Every year the Cortland Downtown Partnership adds a little improvement to the esthetics of downtown Cortland. This summer historic downtown Cortland’s streetscape has been improved by an influx of foliage in Main Street flowerbeds, downtown flowerpots and in the public parking lots flowerbeds.
Just in time for the Taste of Downtown new trash receptacles will be installed on Main Street and Jets banners and flags will greet visitors to Cortland’s first NFL training camp. This summer marks the second major wave of beautification projects undertaken by the Cortland Downtown Partnership since hiring the new Executive Director, Adam Megivern. The Partnership also replaced the lights on Main Street’s trees during the 2008/2009-holiday season.
“The Cortland Downtown Partnership has, as one of its many goals, a commitment to historic preservation in downtown Cortland and the creation of a walk-able, friendly environment for downtown shoppers, dinners and visitors”, said Adam Megivern of the Cortland Downtown Partnership. The Cortland Downtown Partnership achieves this goal by working with property owners local businesses and city officials to make historic downtown Cortland a better place to live, work and visit.
The flowerbed and flowerpot service project that the Cortland Downtown Partnership took on seems to be making an impact on residents in the community. “A unified plant palate creates a very striking impact along Main Street,” said Vicky Delaney, owner of Cortland Picture Frame Company at 9 North Main Street and coordinator of the main street flowerbeds for the Cortland Downtown Partnership. “The volunteers who help make this happen deserve a lot of credit for the way downtown Cortland looks this summer.”
A new initiative of the Cortland Downtown Partnership to deepen the impact of the beautification effort downtown is the establishment of a Downtown Ambassadors program. The volunteer driven pilot program has engaged community members, organizations such as 40-Below Cortland, AmeriCorps and Cortland Works with the downtown district by providing a weekly physical presence to help greet and assist visitors, clean up the area and be the eyes and ears of the community. Each Friday throughout the summer, volunteers are encouraged to meet at 9 Main Street at noon to work on a designated service project targeted to meet the needs of the community. Interested individuals or groups can contact Adam Megivern at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 607.342.6460.