The proposal that resulted in Plattsburgh winniing the Governors regional downtown iniative featured a multi story building to become the focal point for retail and the arts.
The unsuccessful Watertown proposal never seemed to have an actual proposal and reports said the planning dollars that are part of the award would be used to lay out the actual plan.
Sort of a why our downtown deserves it and then we will get specific. A rally was held to impress decision makers, but it never seemed to be explained.
Now getting involved in the hunger games is always something you have to wonder about, and frankly seeing it go out east is no surprise.
When the lobbyist/rainmakers were hired in January to get grants, Councilwoman Macaluso said she would give them six months for results. We are at that mark.
I'd be the first to say these "competitions" are in some ways like Lucy and the football, but you go for it hoping the result will be different.