Buy local, address transit issues, and attend an event at the Patricia Lindley Center for the Performing Arts — those are the messages heard by those gathered for Main Street Wellington’s annual meeting.
Tony Gallo, president of the Lorain County Chamber of Commerce was the keynote speaker Jan. 28.
He urged the audience to change its spending habits, even with just 10 percent of what those gathered would normally spend at chain restaurants, national retailers, or online.
“When those dollars are spent locally it’s multiplied by at least three times,” Gallo said. “Local people are hiring people and they’re spending money locally, too. We want to keep money in Lorain County as much as possible.”
Gallo said there’s also a big push to address transit issues in Lorain County.
“An economic development hindrance has been the lack of transit,” he said. For example, workers are having difficulty getting to businesses like Green Circle Growers in Oberlin, which has jobs but no way for people to easily get to their facility.
Finally, be sure to take in the arts at the Lindley Center. “Arts and culture can be an economic driver for a community,” Gallo said. “Wellington fits that missing piece that probably was never here before to help arts and culture develop.”
The meeting also included business.
Main Street board nominees Melissa Gregan, Michelle Griffith, and Janeal Hardoby were approved (Hardoby was not present to be photographed). Outgoing board members were Sandy Denes, Harold Sumpter, and Patti Young.
Jenny Arntz, Main Street Wellington director, reported that the financial report “is in a positive light” showing a $14,275 surplus.
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“I want you to know how fortunate we are to have Jenny Arntz as our new executive director,” outgoing board member Patti Young said, introducing Arntz, who took over the organization last May.