Brandon Bouchard ’08

Summer 2007 Davies Leader

“Main Street Project”
Redevelopment Authority of the City of Meadville

The Redevelopment Authority of the City of Meadville executes community revitalization plans in the Meadville community. In Summer 2007, the Redevelopment Authority began work on the “Main Street Project.” Brandon completed the background research and preliminary groundwork necessary to allow the Authority to propose the Main Street Project for grant funding as well as for the creation of a Main Street manager position. Brandon also completed a parking survey to evaluate the parking needs in downtown Meadville.

Brandon states that his experience with the Authority allowed him to “learn Meadville.” He feels that most students have a “double responsibility” to learn both the Allegheny campus as well as the Meadville community and that most students turn to the community only after they feel comfortably situated on campus. Working at the Authority and with the Davies program allowed Brandon to conquer both communities simultaneously. He just wishes he had discovered Creative Crust earlier in his Allegheny experience!

Brandon is an Economics major at Allegheny College.