Sarah’s Snippets 12/15/2015

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Henri Nouwen said that community is important because it is the place that calls you back, your place of attachment, the place where you don’t need all things because you have other people to share life with. (paraphrased)

Community attachment in the Schoharie County often includes a great sense of pride. This past week was one of those times. The Governor’s Regional Economic Development Council awards were announced on December 10th. Schoharie County was awarded 10 grants totaling well over $1 million! These awards were made to SALT, Iroquois Indian Museum, Schoharie County, SUNY Cobleskill, Town of Conesville, Village of Cobleskill, and the Village of Schoharie.  Additional grants were awarded locally for low-cost economic development financing, Excelsior job credits, and NYSERDA energy efficient projects totally well over $55million more dollars.

SALT received $90,000 for the “Geo to Go” project from the NYS Council on the Arts (read about our grant proposal and the project here). The goal of this project is to facilitate an innovative, cutting edge arts, culture, history, media, community revitalization, economic development and tourism project in Schoharie County. This will include creating a geo- tourism website, a Geo To Go mobile app, and the creation of an audio/visual/augmented reality virtual content for the county’s Quilt Barn Trail first, followed by the addition of the Middleburgh Historic Trail, Schoharie Historic Homes Tour, the Timothy Murphy Historic Markers Trail, and Stories of Resilience Trail over the next two years.

SALT anticipates this project will be effective in driving additional tourism traffic to the area, thus creating a positive economic impact. Dozens of local artists, artisans, cultural sites, local organizations, plus state and national funders, will be working together on this project.  By connecting residents and visitors alike with the rich arts, cultural and historical assets of Schoharie County through the geo tourism technology community pride will increase and residents’ attachment to the area will grow.

SALT congratulates all the awardees in Schoharie County. We look forward to the improvements each project will bring to this region we are called back to, this place where we are attached…our community!

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