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Springville steps into the spotlight

SPRINGVILLE — It’s a good time to be in Springville, and I don’t just mean the fantastic produce for sale at Gentner’s Auction. Our little village is turning heads, in a very positive way.

Last week, I spoke to Mark Garrison of National Public Radio’s Marketplace program, about the state of our economy in Western New York, the Springville Journal’s hiring a new staff reporter and how business is going, around town.

Our ability to introduce a new staff reporter is good news for our paper and our area, since it means we’re thriving well enough to be able to contribute to jobs development. While the new reporter will work part-time, that will also allow us to give our freelance staff more work, and send our eyes and ears out into the community, more than ever before. We are optimistic that the support our local businesses have provided will allow us to continue to thrive, as the voice of our community.

But the good news didn’t stop there. Garrison also spoke to local car dealership owner Carl Emerling and Mark Meyer, owner of Mark’s Country Store, about their businesses. Both Emerling and Meyer reported nothing but good things, shedding a rosy national spotlight on our little corner of the country.

Read and listen to the show for yourself, by visiting www.marketplace.org/topics/economy/job-born-link-between-growth-and-work#.

Not convinced yet? No fewer than three different people have asked me about Springville’s growing identity as an arts destination, this week alone.

Ben Siegel, editor of Block Club Magazine, spoke to me about Springville’s reputation as a burgeoning arts player in Western New York and Doug Sitler, a board member for the Ashford Hollow Foundation, talked about linking Buffalo, Springville and the Griffis Sculpture Park as an arts corridor, of sorts. We’re not just a cow town anymore, folks.

The future looks bright for our community, and I, for one, am proud to be watching, listening and writing along with you, as we continue on the path to an exciting future.
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