Hire downtown business recruiter

We hear talk about how the bypass has hurt downtown Bennington. I don't believe it is the bypass. The reason we have many empty storefronts in downtown is because the town hasn't done enough to make it work as an economic center. We cannot continue studying and appointing ad hoc groups to address our problems. We know what we need to do. The Select Board should hire a recruiter for downtown, someone with a track record of getting things done, who can create jobs and solidify our economic base. If the downtown was vibrant, the bypass will no longer be an excuse.

— Mike Bethel Bennington