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Westport Chamber leader looks to future of town

— According to the head of the Westport Chamber of Commerce, Westport is ready to poised for a breakthrough.

“I think we are ready to make a great leap forward,” said Dee Carroll, president of the chamber. “If we pay attention to the ideas that are in the River Street Association Report, our community could continue to build on economic success and revitalize the town.”

The River Street report is a project sanctioned by the town of Westport and the chamber through a grant to look at economic development strategies.

“They were charged with coming up with some concrete things that our community could do,” Carroll said.

The Chamber will be hosting a meeting to discuss the release of the report Nov. 19 at 6 p.m.

Before that, the chamber will be hosting its annual dinner Thursday, Nov. 7, at the Westport Hotel and Tavern. This year, the chamber is recognizing the numerous residents of the town who have volunteered to help serve the community as their Citizens of the Year.

“We were aware of so many volunteers,” Carroll said. “The big one, of course, was the school doing their town adoption day. The whole school got involved and we thought this would be a way to thank everyone.”

Carroll also spoke of the people who volunteered their time at the Westport Heritage House.

“We have had over 40 volunteer ambassadors who have represented the community to visitors and told the stories about life here in Westport,” she said. “Nancy (Decker) and all of the people on the committee are volunteers. The chamber is all volunteer and there are a number of people who are volunteering throughout the town in a bunch of different capacities. If it were not for the volunteers, we would struggle.”

Carroll said that volunteerism will be a key to the success of the town in the future.

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