Six inquisitive questions with Saratoga’s most interesting people.
By Alyssa McClenning
Marty Vanags, President of the Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership, is celebrating one-year in the Saratoga Springs area and, appropriately enough, it falls during Economic Development Week 2016. We caught up with the bow-tie wearing economic developer while he was on the go to one of his Business First Saratoga meetings.
1. Tell us about your earliest Saratoga memory.
My earliest memory of Saratoga was just over a year ago, when I was hired to run local economic development efforts. I officially arrived in May, just as the weather was starting to hit its spring stride.
2. The Saratoga Social was created to highlight the work of our local nonprofits. Which organization is most important to you?
I would have to say the organization I lead, the Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership. We get to impact people’s lives in a positive way every day by recruiting new businesses and helping existing ones grow. This means more jobs for people – and that gets me motivated every day.
3. Which spot in town serves your favorite drink or dish?
Dating back to our time in Illinois, my wife, Trish, and I have developed a tradition of finding the best margarita on a Friday night. So far, we think Cantina does the best work. The entire staff there knows us by now, and always seats us in our favorite spot. Amigos Cantina in Schuylerville comes in a close second.
4. Economic developers spend a lot of time on the road; you, in particular, criss-cross Saratoga County on an almost daily basis. What do you consider the most beautiful drive?
There are so many to choose from, but right now my favorite is Route 67 eastbound right near Cook Road. There is slight bend to the southeast and on clear day you can see all the mountains to the east. Another favorite is Fox Hill Road which turns into Lake Desolation Road coming from Edinburg. Once you crest the mountain top and come down the other side one can see for at least 100 miles to the southeast and into Albany. It’s breathtaking.
5. What's the first app/website you open in the morning?
The Weather Channel app to see how to dress for my morning walk with my dog. During baseball season, I check the MLB app to see if the Cubs won. It’s their year, you know.
6. "I consider Saratoga's greatest hidden gem to be..."
I enjoyed discovering the Skidmore Woods for walks with my wife and dog.