Local not-for-profit Western Catskills Community Revitalization Council will host a presentation by Elan Planning and Design of Saratoga Springs next week.

The presentation, the final market analysis that has been part of the state Department of State's Quality Communities Grant award, will be given at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21, at the Stamford Village Hall. The meeting is open to the public.

According to Linda Stratigos, executive director of WCCRC, "This meeting is the culmination of two years of work by the staff of Western Catskills, the Greater Stamford Area Chamber of Commerce and Elan Planning and Design. We hope current businesses, anyone thinking of starting a business and community members will make use of this valuable information.

"Main Street is Stamford's most important asset and the community must make every effort possible to preserve it and help businesses prosper here," Stratigos said.

The market analysis contains demographic, marketing and income information about the people who live, work and own property in and around the village of Stamford.

Presenters said the information gathered for this study is unique in that it includes information about part-time residents, as well as full-time residents. This data can be useful for local businesses and not-for-profits in tailoring merchandise or programs to the interests and needs of new and established customers.

The preliminary presentation to the Greater Stamford Area Chamber of Commerce demonstrated that the area will do well by offering "things to do" such as art galleries and performance art and to retail high-quality merchandise.

Presenters said the findings of this study show that the village of Stamford can capitalize on existing attributes such as its distinctive Victorian architecture, its location at the headwaters of the Delaware River and its scenic mountain village setting.

Elan Planning and Design has done comparison studies on the nearby villages of Middleburgh, Phoenicia and Margaretville so that Stamford can have information about what has worked and what has not in those neighboring communities.

Also part of the program will be the debut of preliminary drawings for park and streetscape renovations in the village. Light refreshments by T.P.'s Café will be served.

For additional details on the Market Analysis or other programs offered by Western Catskills Community Revitalization Council, call 652-2823.

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