BALLSTON SPA — The Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership will work with Ballston Spa to develop a customized economic development plan for the village, officials announced Wednesday.
The effort is part of the Saratoga Partnership’s Next Wave Communities initiative, through which it is creating tailored economic development plans for local communities, at no cost to the communities. The partnership is currently working on similar plans for the towns of Moreau, Galway and Malta.
The village, which has 5,500 residents and is the Saratoga County seat, lost the mills and factories that were once the heart of its economy during the 20th century, but in the last couple of decades has seen a resurgence of interest in its downtown area, with restaurants, antique shops and specialty retailers.
The initial step in the process is a survey designed to assess the community’s vision for Ballston Spa, identifying both advantages and obstacles to success, and seek ways to collaborate in crafting the plan. The survey is available online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XRZF9FL.
“We are excited to work closely with the Saratoga Partnership to create a blueprint that will guide the economic vision of our historic and charming village for years to come,” said Mayor Larry Woolbright. “From our friendly hometown atmosphere and destination shopping and eateries to the visible sense of community, we know that Ballston Spa is a special place. We look forward to involving people throughout the village in shaping a strategy that will enhance our strengths and encourage future investment and growth.”
The Saratoga Partnership will lead a series of activities including interviews with key government, business and community stakeholders; meetings with village officials to identify and map key strategic assets; convening of workshops; and creation of three-, five- and 10-year economic development scenarios. Ultimately, a written report will be developed for possible adoption by village officials.
One community meeting was held about two weeks ago, and another will be scheduled for January, the Prosperity Partnership said. The plan could be completed as soon as February or March.