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Redefining local economic development: Part 2, To create and recreate
July 19, 2010
The Mayor’s Corner
Redefining local economic development: Part 2, To create and recreate

Our area is known for its splendid opportunities for recreation–fishing, boating, hiking, biking, and more. Yet, our seemingly boundless impulse for creation may be equally important.
If we tallied up all the nationally recognized illustrators,  film makers, painters, sculptors, graphic designers, architects, photographers, print makers, instrumentalists, singers, actors, directors, voice talents, authors, composers, culinary artists, garden artists,and jewelers, we would be very happily overwhelmed by the list.   The abundance of creative professions and arts-related professionals that call our area home is amazing in both variety and quality.
Any economy depends of a base of core activities. Historically, Croton-on-Hudson has been both a dam village and a rail village.  I would humbly propose Croton is also an arts village.  
Croton creates. I am convinced the extraordinary concentration here of so many different artists in such diverse media is a key to our future local economy.
For this reason, we have created a new volunteer post of Village Arts Liaison. As you may know, we appointed a wonderful new Village Historian, Mary Lambruschi, last month. Given our vibrant archive brimming with art and documentation, it seems timely and fitting to designate a Village Arts Liaison as a small step in bringing our past and our present closer together.
The Arts Liaison will be a conduit for any salient arts related issues, requests or questions the local arts community wants to place before the village and vice versa for arts-related matters the village wishes to direct to the greater arts community. Marion Callis has graciously agreed to serve as the post’s inaugural appointee. She may be reached at
If you have more ideas for the Village to consider, please don’t hesitate to contact me.