The Town of Lloyd Economic Development Committee [EDC] held a ceremony last week to honor unique businesses and organizations that have had a positive impact on the local economy and upon the community.
Charles Glasner is President of the all volunteer Committee.
“We are honoring two groups of people; one who we are calling Hidden Gems- businesses that are not on the main streets, per se, but are in the Town of Lloyd.”
Glasner said the second group is being honored for their service to the Community.
“We’re talking to soup kitchens, food pantries, the Methodist Church has a backpack program for the school and clothing drives that have a sense of community,” he said. “[It’s] stuff that gets done in the community that unless you’re part of the community, you wouldn’t really know about. When we called some of these people they were crying on the phone because they’ve never been recognized by anyone before, saying thank you for what you do. This was about how to bring people together and is more community-based and about businesses not in the mainstream, not on Main Street.”
Glasner thanked the rest of his committee for their support of this initiative: Gary Pregno, Peter Brooks, Vivian Wadlin, Alan Van De Bogart, Nicki Anzivina and Mikki Meyer.
Gary Pregno has been a member of the Committee for nearly six years.
“This is a fantastic turnout because when you think about it the people who came here nobody knew who they were,” he said. “Now you have a hundred people in the room and say, that’s what you do, that’s interesting. Now I’m going to find you. This [event] identified who they are.”
Nicki Anzivina said Lloyd has a lot of Hidden Gems that people are unaware are in town. She said the Committee set the criteria and afterward found there were 23 different groups and businesses who matched the criteria.
“For me it is a nice social event to bring a bunch of people together,” she said.