Radio producer helps attract business to Wilmington
One of the areas hardest hit by Tropical Storm Irene in 2011 was the city of Wilmington. Located in the Green Mountains of southern Vermont, Wilmington has been able to bounce back and rebuild itself, but there is still a lot of work to be done. Many buildings in the city center remain empty.
âA lot of people drive through Wilmington, but we would like it to be a city by car as well,â said Wilmington Works program coordinator Meg Staloff.
A community member uses his sports celebrity to help usher in a business boom.
During the week, you can find executive producer Paul Pabst swapping sports takes with Dan Patrick on the nationwide Dan Patrick show. For the past few years, Pabst has had a second home in Wilmington.
âFall is awesome. Summer is awesome. I even love mud season. That’s how invested I am,â Pabst said. âThere’s a much more local feel, a real feel. It looks like America was 50 years ago.â
Pabst won a celebrity edition of the now-defunct video streaming show, Sports Jeopardy. He took his cash prize of $ 20,000 and donated it to the City of Wilmington. Officials are using this money as cash prizes for his “Make it on Main Street” program.
âIf you’re in a town of fifty or 60,000 people and you can do something for charity, that doesn’t really make a dent. I think in a small town with two or 3,000 people like Wilmington, it will do. a lot of publicity for the city, “Pabst said.” So the spillover isn’t just new business, but maybe new long-term tourism. “
“He’s (Pabst) a really great guy. He’s community driven. He loves it here and it’s really, really telling who he is as a person and it’s really exciting,” said Gretchen Havreluk. , economic development consultant in Wilmington.
People can submit their business ideas for the Make in on Main Street contest until Monday, July 16 at 5 pm. The business must help Wilmington and the winner must be ready to move in and get started within one year of receiving the award.
âI believe there are really going to be some good strong ideas and I want to work with them and share with them the resources that we have at the state level and at the local level,â Havreluk said.