- Grove City, Pennsylvania

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July 3, 2014

Boomtown hears young voices

MERCER — Students from the Mercer Area School District were among the 20 participants at the June 17 Mercer Boomtown meeting held at the Mercer County Career Center.

Led by the Mercer Area Chamber of Commerce, the "Boomtown" project comes from Jack Schultz's book "Boomtown USA: The 7½ Keys to Big Success in Small Towns."

Committee member Lizette Olsen, executive director of AWARE, said the youth attending the meeting were vocal about activities of interest to young people, including sports, fishing and hunting, and theater.

Olsen says there is a lot of excitement around the process. She has attended all the meetings and said that a total of 65 people have participated.

"People always want to stay after the meetings and talk from a position of 'can do,' which is actually one of the hallmarks of the Boomtown process," she said.

Olsen encourages people to read the book, which is available at Mercer Area Library.

"It is an easy summer read and so encouraging," she said. "All we need to do is point to the impact in the Greenville area."

The Mercer Area Chamber learned about the concept from the Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce, which started a group four years ago. The book helped Greenville's Boomtown group find success since then, and those involved have helped Mercer get started on their own meetings.

Shane Nugent, president of the Mercer Area Chamber's board, led the group in a discussion of group's four committees.  He is encouraging each committee to set two to three objectives to realizing within a year.

The committees are 1) beautification/art/historical/marketing committee; 2) agricultural/residential real estate; 3) light industry/retail; and 4) quality of life/activities/welcome. Government relations will be a separate committee for elected officials.

Olsen said, "We are seeking measurable, forward movement, and sharing the success with everyone in the community. There is definitely a positive vibe at these meetings, not a whole lot of replay of old grievances."

"Bottom line, doing nothing is not an option, Olsen says. "When we all pull together, and each contributes time and talent, together we can change our community.

Interested people are encouraged to join a committee and attend the next meeting, which is scheduled for 6 p.m. Aug. 5 at the Mercer County Career Center.

For more information, contact Dotty Pintar, executive director of the Mercer Area Chamber, at 724-662-4185 or

Mercer Boomtown is also on Facebook.

Published June 25, 2014, in Allied News. Pick up a copy at 201 A Erie St., Grove City.

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