Wilmington Economic Development Committee Receives Technical Grant From State To Help Fill Vacancies On Main Street

WILMINGTON, MA — At Monday night’s Board of Selectmen Meeting, Wilmington Town Manager Jeff Hull announced that the town has received a technical grant from the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Economic Development’s Massachusetts Downtown Initiative to assist local businesses in recovering from the economic downturn brought on by COVID-19.

“A consultant will be assigned to the Town to assist with identifying the specific challenges that have led to business slowdown or vacancies,” explained Hull. “A set of actionable steps are expected to be developed to help get businesses back on their feet. A webinar will be  scheduled in late February  to begin discussions to assess local conditions and identify possible short to intermediate term actions to spur businesses.”

Hull noted that the target area for this effort is the Main Street corridor.

The consultant is expected to assist the town with this project through June 30, 2021.

The Wilmington Economic Development Committee, chaired by former Selectman Mike Champoux, was responsible for securing the grant.

According to its website, the Massachusetts Downtown Initiative (MDI) “offers a range of services and assistance to communities seeking help on how to revitalize their downtowns. Its Local Rapid Recovery Planning program provides technical assistance by consultant teams with expertise in effective strategies to stabilize business districts.”

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