Standout High School Student Appointed To Wilmington Economic Development Committee

WILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington High School student Miriam Nelson was recently appointed to the Wilmington Economic Development Committee by Selectwoman Jomarie O’Mahony.

“I’m very proud of this young woman for all that she’s already done for this town. She’s a senior at Wilmington High School. She’s the second in her class. She’s attending Harvard in the fall with a major in Economics and Government.  At a time when high school seniors are looking to leave their hometown behind, Miriam Nelson is looking for more ways to get more involved,” said O’Mahony. “I’m so happy and proud to appoint her. I think her ability to research issues and think outside the box will be a great asset to the Committee.”

Nelson was recently selected as one of Massachusetts’s two representatives to the U.S. Senate Youth Program, earning herself a $10,000 College Scholarship. Earlier this school year, Wilmington School Superintendent Dr. Glenn Brand handpicked Nelson to receive the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents Academic Excellence Award. She was also recently named a National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalist.

Nelson is co-president of her Senior Class, treasurer of the WHS National Honor Society, treasurer of Wilmington Rotary Interact, and president of her school’s Model UN. She was also a captain of Girls Track and Field and hosted birthday parties at a laser tag entertainment center. Nelson co-founded “Project Make Your Mark,” which celebrates students and the community-at-large through ceiling tile art. She interned at the Massachusetts State House, where she was able to pursue her passion for public service.

The Wilmington Economic Development Committee was formed in 2019 to (1) Gain an understanding of what economic development means to residents, the degree to which residents are seeking more businesses or expansion of existing business, and the types of businesses residents would like to see in Wilmington; (2) Gain an understanding of Wilmington’s strengths and vulnerabilities as a host community to businesses currently operating, businesses considering Wilmington as a potential place to relocate, and for individuals seeking to start a business; (3) Facilitate communication with members of the Wilmington/Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce and other business in Wilmington and the area to understand their short and long term plans, opportunities and challenges; (4) Create an informational tool that presents Wilmington “in a nut shell,” providing statistics about the population, demographics workforce, and the attributes that make Wilmington the place to conduct business; and (5) Serve as an educational forum for committee members and the public by hosting guest speakers to cover different elements of economic development.

The Committee is proposing articles at the 2021 Annual Town Meeting to make it easier for breweries and sit-down restaurants to open and operate in Wilmington. The Committee also recently successfully pursued a grant opportunity from the state to secure a technical consultant (valued at $30,000) to assist with developing plans to help struggling businesses along the Route 38 corridor.

Nelson is replacing Tom Card, who resigned from the Committee.

In other appointment news, Selectmen unanimously appointed Robert Laskey to the Board of Registrars, which oversees voting and elections in town. Laskey was the candidate brought forth by the Wilmington Democratic Town Committee. Also under consideration were Robert Fasulo and Kelly Richards, two candidates from the Wilmington Republican Town Committee. Laskey is replacing Edward Sousa, who recently stepped down from the Board after 27 years of service. Laskey’s term runs through April 30, 2023.

Selectmen also appointed Assistant Town Manager Kerry Colburn-Dion, Town IT Director John O’Neil, School IT Director Ken Lord, WCTV Executive Director Ryan Malyar (ex-officio), resident Karen Campbell, and resident George Breslin to the Cable TV Advisory Task Force. The Task Force will be tackling the upcoming Verizon Cable License Renewal Process, as the town’s 15-year contract with Verizon expires early next year.

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