OSWEGO, NY – Mayor Tom Gillen appointed Ellen B. Clark, concierge with experience Oswego NY and co-founder of Lighthouse Coworks, as chair of Oswego’s Promotion and Tourism Advisory Board.
Clark, a charter member of the board, is a native of Oswego and graduate of Cornell University.
She is known for her love of Oswego and her desire to inspire that love in others.
Gillen said he appreciates the time and energy Clark has already given while serving on this board for the past year, and he knows that her “enthusiasm and sincere interest in the Oswego community” will enable her to do a great job leading this group.
The mission of this board is to develop a strategic and tactical platform to promote the city of Oswego’s rich cultural, historic and recreational attractions and to promote the quality of life that the community deserves.
Per Mayor Gillen’s direction, the board has been looking at the city’s challenges and asking “How do we as a community grow and prosper?”
Some of the challenges the board has taken on include how to utilize our waterways more effectively, ways to coordinate and collaborate on local events and seeking information for technological advancement for City Hall.
Members of the group include city employees Amy Birdsall, planning and zoning director and Justin Rudgick, community development director; Councilor Ron Kaplewicz, and Council President Eric VanBuren; and several leaders in the community, including Greg Mills, director of the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce; Nate Emmons, former interim director of the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce; Mercedes Niess, executive director of the H. Lee White Marine Museum; Austin Wheelock, economic development Specialist for Operation Oswego County; and Kristi Eck, chief of staff for SUNY Oswego.