Testimonials

RL park “Rather than letting communities get bogged down in planning, Cathy consistently moves plans to actionable steps and plays an active role in identifying and securing the resources that help to bring about successful change. If community development was a high school football game, she’d play the roles of talent scout, head coach, and most enthusiastic cheerleader as well as the play-by-play color announcer, letting everyone know about all of it! “ –Donna Holdorf, Executive Director, National Road Heritage Corridor

 

Cathy is a tireless champion for communities. She brings significant experience with state, local, and private funding programs to the communities she works with, but her greatest skill is her ability to get people excited, engaged, and ready to work together.” –Lindsay Baxter, Program Manager, Pennsylvania Environmental Council

 

“We were fortunate to work with Cathy on our New Bethlehem Trail Town Feasibility Study.  I’ve also heard her speak at several other venues.  With her in-depth knowledge, practical experience, excitement for the possibilities and relatable presentation, she inspired us to move forward successfully and inspired business owners to participate and improve their bottom line. Her presentations are always well done, thought provoking and inspiring.” –Sandy Mateer, President, Redbank Renaissance, Inc.  and New Bethlehem Borough Council

 

The technical assistance provided by Cathy at McCollom Development Strategies is superb.  Her wealth of expertise and experience has helped guide stakeholders to create a vision and a plan of action for making it into a reality.  It has been a pleasure to work with her on projects for the Monongahela River Town Program, a two-state water trail, with multiple agencies, diverse communities, and wide-ranging community development needs and goals. This work will lead to great recreation assets, economic development in trail communities, and healthier people.”— Ella Belling, Executive Director, Monongahela River Trails Conservancy

 

“Cathy’s organizational and marketing skills have been extremely helpful in looking for creative ways to build partnerships for revitalizing small towns that create a foundation for sustainable development and tourism.” — Lois Turco, Chair, Canal Towns Partnership

 

“When I was opening my bicycle shop along the Great Allegheny Passage in October of 2008, Cathy was instrumental in helping me understand the market and find sources of funding. All of these years later, she continues to be a valuable resource as my business grows.” — Bradley Smith, Owner, Confluence Cyclery

 

“Cathy McCollom consistently demonstrates a passionate and professional demeanor each time Explore Altoona secures her services in leading conversations and facilitating strategic planning projects. She commits herself to utilizing her extensive professional experience and background and combines that with doing the necessary research into the subject at hand and consistently maintains her  knowledge of related current trends. Cathy is a true joy to work with personally and maintains a respect for your organization’s needs and mission as she exudes a genuine interest in her involvement with you and your stakeholders!”
–Mark Ickes, Executive Director, Explore Altoona

 

“Cathy served as the first Trail Town Program coordinator for the towns along the Great Allegheny Passage. Her skills as a convener and facilitator helped successfully launch this new initiative. She was excellent in developing relationships with the business and community leaders.” — Linda McKenna Boxx, Past President, Allegheny Trail Alliance