Meet Farmville Downtown Partnership: Gerry Spates

Gerry Spates, Farmville town manager and FDP board member

Gerry Spates, Farmville Town Manager and FDP board member

How did you find your way to Farmville

I was born in San Francisco, California and grew up in the Washington, D.C. area. After serving in the Vietnam War, I was stationed at Fort Pickett. I liked the area so much that I decided to stay here.

Who asked you to become a part of Farmville Downtown Partnership? Why did you say “yes”?

Mayor Whitus asked if I would consider acting as Council’s appointment to the FDP board because I already worked closely with the businesses downtown. I thought FDP was doing a lot of great work with the Main Street program and I was happy to be on the board.

If you could be any object located in the Main Street District, what would you be and why?

I would be the clock in front of Town Hall. That clock has a great view down Main Street at all the hustle and bustle downtown.

Do you remember the first time you visited Farmville Downtown? What has changed since then?

When I was stationed at Fort Pickett in 1970, a few buddies and I came to Farmville to eat dinner. I remember Tom’s Campus Room and The Red Lion being downtown. I loved how quaint and beautiful the town was. The buildings and the businesses have changed and the people have gotten older (like me), but what remains is that the town is still as quaint and beautiful as it was back then.