New community organization seeks to strengthen community

NUNDA — A new organization has sprung up in Nunda, with a mission to build a community that encourages the development and growth of local businesses.

The Greater Nunda Action Partnership (GNAP) has been in the works since the spring of 2018, originally being titled the Keshequa Action Partnership (KAP). At its first meeting, Jack Morgan, Mayor of Nunda, invited local business owners and area residents to a community forum to address any needs and concerns they may have about local business.

Following that spring meeting, the KAP work group was formed, with several committees functioning under its umbrella. These committees included area marketing, threats to the community, community building and more.

A series of meetings took place in the fall of 2018, which unearthed the committees’ belief that they needed more direction and focus.

A Steering Committee of 12 local business owners, community residents, Mayor Jack Morgan and the Town Supervisor met in January of 2019 to evaluate the success of the committees and determine a clearer focus moving forward.

At that January meeting, the group’s name was changed to the Greater Nunda Action Partnership to encompass all of the communities the group was working with and representing. This new organization was also designed with a more direct and clear focus, dissolving the committees and forming one large organization to help the greater community.

The first official public meeting of GNAP was on June 25 with 15 individuals in attendance. Items discussed in the meeting included a Steering Committee update, the Nunda Region Brochure update, details of GNAP membership, GNAP finances, upcoming community events and a presentation of the Landmark Society of WNY by Cynthia Hawk.

Patty Piper, GNAP Secretary, has been a resident of Nunda for nearly 60 years and got involved in the new organization to help the community and its residents flourish.

“I am interested in not only promoting healthy lifestyles to our local residents, I am interested in all aspects of supporting community engagement because when people are informed and involved many great positive changes can evolve,” said Piper.

The goals of the organization are to support activities that promote local businesses and attract visitors via the organized marketing and communication plan in addition to supporting collaboration of local businesses, churches, services clubs, schools and residents to work together to promote the health and well-being of the community.

One way in which the local community can support the organization’s mission and goals is to become a member of GNAP. General membership is open to all residents in the Greater Nunda Region, which includes Nunda, Dalton, Portage and Hunt.

A business/non-profit organization membership is $25 per year with multiple benefits that include and E-newsletter for you to share community event updates, inclusion in group marketing opportunities, opportunity for cooperative marketing through print and radio and an organization sticker to display at your business.

Individual/family membership, $10/$15 per year respectively, includes the opportunity to support and learn about local businesses and be up to date on all community events. The membership also includes an e-newsletter and sticker to display at your home to show your support for local businesses.

In order to become a member, one must fill out a membership form. Membership forms can be requested via email, via Facebook message or by showing up at future meetings.

Members would help support the common goal of making Nunda a desirable place that people of all ages would want to live, work and play.

“Our hope is that GNAP will bring residents of the greater Nunda area together to promote all that Nunda has to offer to residents and to people traveling through on their way to nearby parks, eateries and area ski center,” said Piper.

GNAP will meet every other even month on the fourth Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Nunda Historical Society. The next meeting will take place on Aug. 7.

The Steering Committee will meet every other odd month on the fourth Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Nunda Trinity Church. The next meeting will be on July 23.

All local residents are encouraged to attend the GNAP meetings, even if you are not a member. However, they do encourage everyone to become involved in the organization and help support their mission of the growth of business and the safe and attractive environment for area residents.

For more information about GNAP, you can visit their Facebook page titled, Greater Nunda Action Partnership. Inquires can be sent to greaternunda@gmail.com.