In Johnson City, New York, Julie Deemie is fighting economic disenfranchisement, blight, urban decay, and overall despair in a terribly economically disadvantaged area due to postindustrial decay as well as two major floods within the past ten years.
Over the past year, Deemie has served as the president of Johnson City Partners, a non-profit organization comprised of neighborhood residents and community partners, all working together for the economic revitalization of the city. Deemie has played an integral part in improving the quality of life for the city’s residents by dedicating countless hours towards grant writing and implementation to acquire funds to restore the city. Furthermore, she plans and executes fun family events to foster hope within the community and initiates group cleanup efforts to ensure the city is aesthetically appealing.
For example, during her first year in office three years ago, she acted on her vision of “Carousel Day” to renew community pride by creating a free, family-oriented arts and educational event for city residents. Today, Carousel Day continues to be an annual event featuring skilled musicians, artists, crafters, and artisan demonstrations, held at a park the featuring the county’s largest and most intricately carved carousel.
Wherever Deemie sees an opportunity to help the residents of Johnson City, she takes it. From the flower planters Johnson City Partners puts on Main Street to the many economic development meetings and seminars she attends.
Deemie also has a soft spot in her heart for veterans, and is always certain to attend and contribute to any service, observance, or activity recognizing them.