Breathing Life into an Abandoned Gem
When most people glanced at the unassuming façade of 103 W. Court St. in Rome, they saw little more than a vacant eyesore. But for Jenn and Chris Brillante, this neglected structure held a world of potential.
It was not just a building; it was a cornerstone for the rejuvenation of a resurging small city pulsating with history and innovation.
A Vision Comes to Life
This summer marked a momentous occasion as the Brillantes proudly cut the ribbon on the newly revitalized 103 W. Court St. What was once a derelict space now stands as a testament to vision and collaboration.
A crucial element in this transformation was the infusion of a $25,000 grant from National Grid’s Main Street Revitalization Program.
Alberto Bianchetti, the Regional Director for Customer and Community Engagement at National Grid, commended the Brillantes for breathing new life and investment into Rome’s heart, emphasizing the significance of not only welcoming new businesses but also celebrating those like the Brillantes that nurture and remain devoted to their communities.
From Dream to Reality
Jenn Brillante, the President of C & D Advertising, expressed her delight in creating an inspiring environment for both team members and tenants within the revamped space. She shared her personal excitement in the journey of relocating and expanding their business in her beloved hometown.
A Thriving Hub of Entrepreneurship
At the helm of C&D Advertising, Jenn Brillante wears the dual hats of President and Managing Partner.
This regional powerhouse is the primary occupant of 103 W. Court St., which not only accommodates their operations but also provides a home to three other small businesses: Brillante Enterprises LLC, One Nine Photography, and Roman Cleaning Service.
Moreover, there is available space for lease, opening doors to further entrepreneurial endeavors.
Integral to the building’s rejuvenation was the creation of an audio production suite, a valuable asset for C&D Advertising’s creative pursuits.
The Brillantes’ thoughtful revitalization of the edifice seamlessly aligns with the City of Rome’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative and the Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council’s strategic endeavors, which strive to elevate city centers into bustling hubs for retail, dining, culture, and entertainment while nurturing vibrant communities.
A Catalyst for Economic Resilience
National Grid’s Economic Development Programs have, since their inception in 2003, disbursed more than $125 million in support, catalyzing the creation or preservation of over 60,000 jobs and nurturing nearly $10 billion in private and public investments across upstate New York.
By fostering energy efficiency, renewable energy delivery, and productivity enhancements, National Grid propels the growth of resilient economies.
Lighting the Path to Sustainability
As a pioneering provider of electricity, natural gas, and clean energy delivery, National Grid’s reach extends to over 20 million individuals across networks in New York and Massachusetts.
With an unwavering focus on building a cleaner, more reliable energy future, National Grid strives to transform energy landscapes, aligning with state climate objectives and curbing greenhouse gas emissions.