In the Northeast Kingdom Newport is a community that continues to look for economic boosts. It's also a place with ties to several failed EB-5 plans. But now, things are trending up. Plans are underway in the Gateway to Lake Memphremagog.
Improvements coming to downtown Newport. City and state leaders hope a combinations of taking better advantage of Lake Memphramagog and improving key, local businesses will bring the city back to it's heyday. "It's about finding the right assets and putting them in place in a mindful way," said Mike Schirling, the State's new Secretary of the Agency of Commerce and Community Development. He was just one of a group of local and state leaders who gathered Thursday to discuss redevelopment efforts for the City.
"We have to keep a supermarket downtown. We've got 10,000 people that come a week, that's an integral part of the community and connection," stated Ernie Pomerleau, President of his family's real estate company. Pomerleau says development is now happening in Newport. First on the list, upgrades and renovations to the Vista Supermarket. "As always we encourage local shopping, I'm sure that's what people that have businesses in this local community root for," Tim Merrill explained. Merrill is General Manager of the Downtown based Supermarket. He was happy to announce the supermarket group has singed a new ten year lease, ensuring the business, which employs 60 people, stays downtown.
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