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Art Night no longer a big draw to downtown Schenectady

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Third Fridays aren’t what they used to be in Schenectady. Art Night is dying a slow death, and the new passeggiata isn’t happening at all this month. Art Night began in May 2007, and was quickly a hit. At the second installment of the monthly event, 500 to 600 people showed up. By 2008, about 1,000 people were regularly showing up on the third Friday to buy art, listen to music and stroll through the ...

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November 16, 2012
8:21 a.m.

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Running 'the same event for 6 years' No longer works; really?
Where is the Schenectady Chamber of Commerce
The Mayor
Other professional agencies
Each month should have 1 special draw through out the year.
November should center around Thanksgiving and the parade.
January- A New Year Them
The volunteers, business community, special groups will all volunteer if and when the City/County/Chamber decide to work together and seriously promote these events.

November 16, 2012
3:58 p.m.

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Leesa Perazzo needs to take off her rose-colored democrat-issue glasses and get a clue. Proctors events do bring business to restaurants but do little for retail, other than limit parking for regular customers. Downtown events would have a better chance at success if the actual businesses planned them. Currently events are planned by the same out of touch people with little or no input from the business community. Many things are shoved down business owners' throats last-minute. Anyone with half a marketing brain should know that marketing must be planned for way in advance of actual events, so they are done right - well-organized and properly promoted.