To the Editor:

Thank you to all who have worked to make the economic development coordinator position a reality in Washington.

Because of this effort, there was a lot of excitement in Bryan Memorial Town Hall on the afternoon of July 29. A very well-attended, well-run meeting was held to introduce the economic development team to the people of Washington.

Attendees came from many sections of the town’s population, including educators, merchants, elected officials, representatives from many town boards and commissions, emergency services, members of the arts community and interested citizens.

The recent Plan of Conservation and Development update included a recommendation that the town engage the services of an economic development coordinator.

The Board of Finance and the Board of Selectmen and, ultimately, the voters put money in the budget for this to happen.

A lot of groundwork by a few people launched the effort and yesterday’s meeting was described as a “workshop.”

I would call it successful. The conversation was lively, informative and, most of all, positive. People from many walks of life forming a collaborative effort to enhance the beauty of this town and help it to continue to grow and prosper.

This “conversation” will grow and gain momentum as more people become aware of it and contribute to it. Our economic development team will be in town, getting to learn the town and its population.

They will learn Washington has a lot of very intelligent, creative and caring people.

Future workshops are planned. If you desire to know more and to be involved, you can ask any of our elected officials, members of many of the town boards and commissions or any of the merchants in town.

Again, thanks to all who have initiated this movement and good luck to all who continue to make it evolve into a wonderful future for the town of Washington.

Joan Lodsin