The success of the 2nd annual Grey to Green Festival illustrated Youngstown's full-court press in play: community volunteers, elected officials, university representatives, local farmers, students, and progressive citizens - all coming together to promote innovation and sustainability in the Mahoning Valley.
and the event reemphasized to me this concept:
that a single person with a great idea can be transformative in this town.
Kudos needs to be given to Deb Weaver, whose vision of this festival inspired and attracted a team of grassroots volunteers, which partnered with the leadership of many other organizations to pull off a kickass event.
a couple of hundred people were in Wick Park for the opening remarks, which included some of the following statements...
Congressman Tim Ryan on grassroots initiatives, venture capitalists, and the future of the region:
Youngstown Mayor Jay Williams on transforming urban america:
Will Allen from Growing Power in Milwaukee on bringing people to the table:
people were spilling out from the main pavilion:
the food court was so busy they ran out of food!
this piece received a lot of attention throughout the day:
kids, adults, vendors...all having a good time:
the Wick Park Revitalization project showed off its final design:
The Greater Youngstown 2.0 table even made an appearance:
the richness of the park, just off the YSU campus and a short walk downtown, really highlighted the beauty natural greenspace can provide:
more pictures soon.