Yesterday was the Newburgh Community Conversation at the armory on S. William Street. Double the amount of people showed up to this event than the first one! The conversation was headed by Arianna Koudounas, a native Newburgher and urban planning student at Georgetown. We started off with introductions and then later broke off into groups to discuss: housing, economic development, education and youth, and the arts. All of our groups set 3 long term and 3 short term goals for Newburgh. One idea that I particularly liked was the idea to brand Newburgh art spaces and galleries with a symbol like other communities do. The idea for Newburgh was the light bulb that had already been used in the Newburgh Illuminated Festival to commemorate Thomas Edison’s work in the city.
It was a great event to get everyone talking and thinking about ways to better the City of Newburgh, as well as a great place for networking. We had people come from as far as Maryland to Massachusetts to be a part of the event. There were people who had been living in Newburgh their whole lift to people who are interested in moving to the city and wanted an insiders point of view. The next event should take place in about 2 months.
Now that the Newburgh Community Conversation has ideas and creativity churning out, it would be great to see how we can all come together and make something happen! If you’d like to be a part of this event, stay tuned for announcements for the next event.