By Bill Tolbert
William W. Cone, a Miami man with experience coordinatingmajor national and international events, has been named chief operating officer forJamestown 2007.
Cone will have a leadership and management role in puttinginto place the statewide, national and international commemorative events and programsthat are developed by the Jamestown 2007 steering committee.
Cone's job is to coordinate educational programs andsignature events tied directly to the 2007 anniversary. He faces some challenges, and abig one is money.
Plans include a new, full-sized replica of the shipGodspeed sailing in 2006 to ports to drum up interest for 2007's events.
The foundation is trying to raise the money to build thenew Godspeed, and a new Discovery, but isn't there yet. The original Godspeed andDiscovery, along with the larger Susan Constant, brought the English colonists toJamestown in 1607.
And while Cone won't oversee any of the facilities atJamestown Settlement, construction of a renovated and expanded museum complex there istied to a 2007 deadline.
So far, money for construction and renovations isdesignated through bonds. But the operating funds to pay for staff, utilities and otherexpenses come through the state's general fund, so the current budget crisis could have abig impact there.
Even after operating money is found, more money is neededto buy artifacts for the new museums.
One other major challenge is developing the "oneJamestown" theme.
The idea is to have Jamestown Settlement, the National ParkService, and the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities work together inpreparation for 2007.
The park service and APVA own Jamestown Island, next doorto the Settlement. The park service is working on major renovations to facilities and newbuildings on the island. And the APVA owns the land where the original fort has beenfound.
Ideas have included joint ticketing and common shuttles forvisitors.
Cone has helped create major consumer expos, political andbusiness conferences, sports events, entertainment shows and one-of-a-kind celebrationsand special salutes.
Among his past projects were events for Coca-Cola, Kodak,General Motors, and the President's Commission for the Bicentennial of the U.S.Constitution."Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times