What are some upcoming projects Discover Albany is working on?
We’ve got quite a few things that we’ve been working on. I think that the downtown part of Albany is really starting to have kind of a renaissance, and what we’re hoping to see is the redevelopment and reinvigoration of some of the areas that had previously not been given a whole lot of attention. We are working with various agencies throughout Albany to come up with some great ideas to make the city more visitable and more livable.
Is the influx of technology jobs and new employees creating any kind of challenge with housing?
No. We actually had a population decline at one point decades ago, so now that it’s growing again and people have become a bit more mobile. There are a lot of people who can live in the city, there’s plenty of housing there, there’s plenty of new developments in Albany County. I think plenty of people moving into the area don’t really see an issue with driving 15 or 20 minutes to one of the outlying areas, even within Albany County. We have many suburbs. There are plenty of opportunities for people to find existing or new housing.
What advice do you have for other tourism agencies?
Being new to my role here, I’m honestly taking in more advice than I’m giving at this point. I think, just be open to new ideas and to collaborating. There’s nothing wrong with not knowing all of the answers and working with organizations that you may not have wanted to work with in the past. Together, you can be much stronger and more influential. So, collaborate, collaborate, collaborate.