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Milford Improvement Team has new director

Thursday, February 6, 2014

By KATHY CLEVELAND

Staff Writer

MILFORD – Wendy Hunt has replaced Tracy Hutchins as executive director of The Milford Improvement Team.

Hutchins left the position to become the new director of the Souhegan Valley Chamber of Commerce.

At the Jan. 27 selectmen’s meeting, Hunt outlined new projects she will introduce this year, including Milford Pride Day, a town-wide cleanup and barbecue on May 3. There will also be a town tour, with the MIT partnering with the Heritage Commission, Historical Society and the Conservation Commission, and a vacant building tour to highlight available spaces for potential businesses.

“My one goal is to promote the interests of Milford,” she told the board and gave a PowerPoint presentation, outlining the organizations accomplishments and goals.

Events like the Pumpkin Festival have “ripple effects,” she said, in that they show off the town as a travel destination, and the festival alone generates $123,589 worth of publicity as 33,000 people visit the town and generates $163 for each dollar spent.

MIT coordinates the annual Great Pumpkin Festival, the town’s largest event, which will celebrate its 25th anniversary this year, as well as Taste of Milford, the Keyes Art Festival and the Milford Winter Farmers Market. The organization also decorates the town with flowers and banners and has a revolving program for businesses loans.

Hunt joins the MIT with a background in law, fundraising, community event planning, grant writing and marketing. She comes to the MIT from her position as the community development director at Opportunity Networks, a nonprofit organization in Amherst and Nashua that provides services to disabled adults. Hunt, who lives in Amherst, has also worked in the Milford and Amherst communities for the Stabile Companies.

She earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Florida, and her law degree from Stetson University College of Law. She has been a member of the Florida Bar Association since 1987 and practiced law in Tampa until she started her family.

The MIT describes itself as a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting, revitalizing and enhancing the historic, natural, social and economic vitality of Milford. It began as DO-IT (Downtown Ongoing Improvement Team) in 1992 as an outgrowth of efforts to save Town Hall from being condemned and demolished.

For information on the MIT, visit www.milford
improvementteam.org
.

Kathy Cleveland can be reached at kcleveland@cabinet.com or 673-3100, ext. 304.

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