the following request for information was just placed on the message boards for the Cleveland+Pittsburgh+Youngstown Regional Learning Network.
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attention friends of the Cleveland to Pittsburgh corridor:
Similar to Cleveland and Pittsburgh, Youngstown has many architectural and industrially historical sites, but unlike those cities, we don't do as good of a job of illuminating them at night. A bunch of us are attempting to gather partners and funding streams to beautify the hills and features circling downtown Youngstown, and we need your advice.
We are looking to contact individuals through the Regional Learning Network for best practices for moving forward, especially about funding issues, such as:
* What was the funding stream to pay for capital/infrastructure lighting expenditures?
* How do you maintain lighting operating costs and pay the bills on a continuous basis?
* How do you sell the importance of illuminating such structures to potential partners, and even funders?
Instead of recreating the wheel on this adventure, we'd like to gain insights from successful people in the RLN which will ultimately increase the chances of our project being successful. Please forward this request to anyone who may have the time to explain to us how the process to success worked in their cities.
Thank you for you time.