Patrick Clark, a neighborhood development consultant in Pittsburgh who has worked with Mr. Austin for several projects, said he connects with young people.
“Many of these Chambers of Commerce are clueless in getting paths to these young leaders. John got in front of a group of young leaders and threw some stuff out there and kind of challenged them to take a leadership role and some of them stepped up,” Mr. Clark said.
Two of the young people he offered a hand to are Abby Wilson, 28, of metro Pittsburgh, and Sarah Szurpicki, 27, of metro Detroit, co-founders of the Great Lakes Urban Exchange (GLUE). GLUE has a Website that serves as a video and audio forum about the Great Lakes region, www.gluespace.org.
A GLUE meeting is set for 7 p.m. Thursday at Manhattan’s Restaurant downtown and is open to the public.
Monday, April 07, 2008
Another article on the Great Lakes Union adds a few words about a GLUE meeting this coming Thursday in Toledo: