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Downtown Community Forum focuses on canal

This month’s discussion focused on the development of the Erie Canal, as well as the Empire Trail, and the effect the two have had on the economy and quality of life in Utica.

Posted: Jun 4, 2019 11:17 PM

UTICA, NY – Local business owners and community members gathered at the Thincubator, Tuesday for the June Downtown Community Forum.

This month’s discussion focused on the development of the Erie Canal, as well as the Empire Trail, and the effect the two have had on the economy and quality of life in Utica.

Rita Sleys, the owner of the Rosemont Inn Bed and Breakfast on Genesee Street in Utica, said her business has definitely seen a positive impact.

“We are getting ready to host our third group. Many times they come from out of state. They choose to stay in bed and breakfasts. They choose to go to restaurants. They spend their money here in Utica.”

Officials with the Erie Canal and Empire Trail were quick to point out that while the two have given the local economy a shot in the arm, they are not the final answer to a booming economy for the Utica, and surrounding area.

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