Apr. 29—After taking part in “model camp week” over the previous few days, a bunch of native advertising leaders, working together with Roger Brooks from Vacation spot Improvement Affiliation, has created a basic overview about promote Larger Johnstown as a spot for out of doors recreation, the humanities, festivals and downtown exercise.
Contributors mentioned proposals, together with concepts for logos and slogans, regarded by greater than 1,600 on-line feedback left by residents and people from outdoors the world, and interviewed folks in the neighborhood.
Brooks offered among the ideas on Friday throughout a gathering at Ace’s within the Cambria Metropolis neighborhood.
His staff will take the data compiled and develop a full set of pointers to be offered later this summer time.
“This can be our motion plan that we’ll should begin to work on,” Go to Johnstown Government Director Lisa Rager mentioned. “That is type of a ‘preparing’ 12 months. We’re laying the groundwork for this.”
A prototype emblem with a hammer placing an anvil and the phrases “Johnstown Pennsylvania” and “EST. 1800” was displayed. However Brooks defined the imagery within the context of a bigger mission for a metropolis that has seen its inhabitants plummet from virtually 70,000 to about 18,400 in a century.
“Branding is not about logos and slogans,” Brooks mentioned. “It is how can we improve the inhabitants in Johnstown? That is the underside line. You have seen reducing inhabitants right here for 80 years. You must stem the tide. That’s key to every part.
“After which, to try this, we have now to shake some perceptions of Johnstown which are nagging you. And we will do this by placing Johnstown on the map as a fascinating place that we are going to reside, that we are going to spend money on, work in, begin a enterprise in, increase a household and go to.”
Brooks emphasised the significance of selling what is exclusive to the area, together with sights such because the Inclined Aircraft. He additionally spoke positively concerning the out of doors recreation alternatives — with climbing trails, bike paths and rivers — and growing companies downtown.
“I believe it solidifies possibly what loads of us have thought,” Sean McCool, 1st Summit Financial institution’s public relations and communications supervisor, mentioned. “It reveals it in a extra formal approach that we have now to benefit from our sources, we have now to benefit from our rec.
“There are loads of issues right here which are occurring that we have now to have the ability to construct on. Hopefully, this can be a approach to unify all of the totally different sectors — the non-public and the general public, and all of the folks right here.”
Neighborhood Basis for the Alleghenies President Mike Kane mentioned the presentation “was actually, actually targeted on what (Brooks) perceived because the kind of constructive attributes of our group and actually offered a street map for a way we will implement it. It will be all about how our group implements it. It will be necessary that we’re on the identical web page and work collectively.”
Brooks mentioned the area wants to draw millennials — born within the Nineteen Eighties and ’90s — with an excellent high quality of life, whereas not dismissing their expectations or rejecting them as a technology that doesn’t need to work.
“I did not notice among the issues he mentioned concerning the millennials,” mentioned Tim Frick, who works for Goodwill Industries employment providers. “I am type of responsible of the identical factor, not giving them correct credit score. My son’s a millennial, however he is a tough employee. I’ve all the time attributed millennials to not being pushed to work and never caring about different issues that different generations have. I believed he was spot on.”
The Johnstown space may also present a spot for folks to work remotely, whereas avoiding main cities, if that’s what an individual desires, particularly with altering views cased by the pandemic.
“It is time to do one thing,” Brooks mentioned. “Proper now, post-COVID, persons are searching for locations like Johnstown. It’s the absolute good time to vary the story of Johnstown.”