Monday, August 6, 2007

Hiring Headline Writer

There is so much to talk about in the City of Troy that I feel like the most difficult aspect of this blogging venture will be coming up with a title for each entry. Perhaps I could enlist the support of the local papers. They are the professionals in those matters.

Many thanks to Times Union reporter Ken Crowe for mentioning this blog in his post this afternoon. I really would love to spread the word of the blog so that more and more people can hear what I have to say about all that is happening in Troy. As much as you have seen in the media for the past three years, there is even more happening than you can imagine. We really have improved the climate for growth in the City of Troy since the beginning of 2004, and we are only scratching the surface.

For instance, this evening the City held its second public hearing concerning the downtown signalization project set to begin construction this fall. This is a $3 million project, of which 95 percent of the costs will be covered through federal and state funding. The aesthetic benefits of this project will be visible as soon as the work begins. We will be replacing the antiquated lights throughout downtown with state-of-the-art, historically accurate traffic signals.

Each intersection will get a complete overhaul. And while the visuals will certainly be a benefit in long-term development, the energy saving measures will also be valuable. Each intersection will be outfitted with the latest technology so that we can keep traffic moving, lower harmful emissions at these intersections, and better improve the livability and pedestrian access in our downtown.

It is yet another ambitious project that we have undertaken, and it is another great example of what can be done through collaboration and hard-work.

The project is expected to be completed next summer. if you have any questions or comments.