Collaborative work rolls at bowling alley

Arkville — The Central Catskills Collaborative is getting down to business at its upcoming meeting on Thursday, Nov. 13 being held at 3 p.m. at the Middletown Town Hall.  This hands-on session, facilitated by The Catskill Center for Conservation and Devel-opment, will combine the serious business of community revitalization with serious fun: bowling. 
“Integrating a little recreation with our planning work fosters camaraderie and promotes a local business.  People living along the 50-mile project area will have an opportunity to see one of many businesses that makes Margaretville a success story,” said Lisa Rainwater, The Catskill Center’s executive director.
This latest meeting of the Collaborative will strengthen ties between the communities and formulate action to implement the new opportunities emerging along the Route 28 Corridor.  “The participation of local residents in the planning stage is only part of the process,” said Catskill Center Regional Planner Peter Manning.   “We’re fostering a culture of cooperation, so that the visions we develop are backed by the teamwork to see them realized,” he explained.  To achieve this, the Collaborative offers settings that encourage community interaction within the framework of regional cooperation. The interactive component of this month’s meeting will be a friendly bowling “competition” in which teams will be organized by community to facilitate dialogue and strengthen relationships.
The business portion of the meeting begins at 3 p.m. at the Middletown Town Hall with a presentation by DTi, website designers for the Central Catskills Chamber of Commerce. The Collaborative will provide updates at the meeting on both the Scenic Byway and Esopus-Delaware Revitalization projects, and the process to implement them, including the need for community involvement in these state-funded programs. 
The Collaborative is comprised of representatives from the municipalities along Route 28 (from Hurley to Andes), and the meeting is open to the public.