A Look Back—And Forward

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A lot can happen in a decade, so we asked some community members where they were in 2006, and what they think (or hope!) they’ll see in the future.

Marty MummertMarty Mummert
Artist/Owner, Marty Mummert Studio

What were you doing 10 years ago?
I was working out of a shop in East Berlin, Mummert Studio, with a focus on creating, manufacturing, and wholesaling my line of “rusted metal” signs.

How have you seen Gettysburg change since then?
Gettysburg has become an increasingly welcoming place for the tourist, the arts, shopping, and dining. I’ve been able to meet a lot of really neat people here, as well as the chance to create art for them and their businesses.

What do you think the next 10 years will bring?
Revitalization projects, new businesses, and the outreach for tourism will definitely increase visitors to the area. Nobody can resist the charms of Gettysburg!

Robin FitzpatrickRobin Fitzpatrick
President, Adams County Economic Development Corporation

What were you doing 10 years ago?
I returned to the ACEDC after working for the Rendell Administration on the Governor’s Action Team. I joined the YWCA of Gettysburg as a member of the organization and their board of directors—it made me feel like I was immediately integrated after being away for a few years.

How have you seen Gettysburg change since then?
There is more cooperation and support among community organizations who must often compete for limited resources. We’ve begun to meet and share resources, intellectually. It’s made us all feel like we are working toward the same goal—the betterment of our community.

What do you think the next 10 years will bring?
I hope to see businesses continue to cooperate and plan strategically to meet the needs of not just individual organizations but the community as well. That’s something we can all abide by and feel good about.

Kay HollabaughKay Hollabaugh
Retail Market & Office Manager, Hollabaugh Bros. Fruit & Farm Market

What were you doing 10 years ago?
I was active on the board of the North American Farm Direct Marketing Association. Our business was growing exponentially—retail, wholesale, and our horticultural endeavors.

How have you seen Gettysburg change since then?
There is more focus on the value of the rich, agricultural land just nine miles north of town. The farm markets, wineries, and distilleries that now dot the county have been embraced and become part of what draws visitors.

What do you think the next 10 years will bring?
Speaking solely as a small business owner, my hope is that we will be here—and thriving. We hope to see more motor coach groups make their way from Gettysburg to Upper Adams County. We are ever grateful for the support of our wonderful neighbors, both near and far. We plan to continue to be “generations growing for you.”

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