I am off to Potsdam to participate in the Governor's announcement of regional economic development councils, including one serving NNY counties. It's a new way to deliver the state's economic development program as ten regions will compete for grant money. Given the importance of jobs to this area, I look forward to participating in the program in whatever ways are appropriate.
Meanwhile I noticed there was a 9:30 presser today to announce the much talked about Godsmack concert is being held at Can-Am Speedway in LaFargeville...just up the road from Ted Ford.
After a review of staff concerns over the logistics of such a large event at the Fairgrounds, the city manager had OK'd the concert with reasonable stipulations. A meeting with promoters had been slated for 11AM, but news of the change flashed across Newzjunky earlier in the morning.
I can only assume the facilities at the racetrack better suited the promoters and the event is still in Jefferson County, convenient to Route 81.
Meanwhile, the manager was meeting today on job descriptions for two new posts to oversee the Recreation Department. One a superintendent responsible for facilities and events management, the other a program director for recreation programs.
Events for this summer were reviewed on an individual basis and the Godsmack request, which was made in June required additional review due to concerns expressed by the Police Chief and others......Those were resolved this week, but the promoters felt their interests were better served at the more expansive Can-Am facility.
08/20/11 - LaFargeville, NY : Godsmack