I Have a Vision
The Guthrie Memorial Library will rank as the place to be in Hanover tonight as the first of three “Community Visioning Sessions” will take place under the auspices of Main Street Hanover, the borough and the Chamber of Commerce. Things get under way at 5:30 p.m. with the Pennsylvania Downtown Center facilitating the process.
I’m really looking forward to hearing the many different ideas of where we are and where we can be as a community in a public forum. Downtown Hanover has so much to offer and so much potential, we need to move beyond the idea that a small group of people can try and develop ideas for the future in a private Facebook group controlled by one person.
As Panebaker Funeral Home co-wowner (and tireless downtown advocate) Kristin Newman said, “You can’t build a beautiful garden in one day. It takes nurturing.” That’s what I hope comes out of this process – this is not something we can do right now. But it is important we take another step forward instead of arguing about what that next step will be.
The work has already started. Instead of throwing pie-in-the-sky ideals out into the air, people like Newman, Scott Roland and others have actually started working on the future of downtown Hanover. Whether it’s events like “Chalk It Up” or Roland’s idea of a downtown conference center or the existence of new businesses like The Warehouse Gourmet and events like the Friday summer music series at The Sheppard Mansion, no one can try and say that the visioning sessions are a starting point.
But that’s not going to stop me from coming on out. I’m excited to play a little role in what comes next.