Main Street Norwalk (MSN) has made a number of headlines in recent months, many of them somewhat embarrassing for the organization. But MSN appears to have put all that behind it.
Following the resignation of their previous program director, Cheri Gersak, MSN received nearly 70 applications, 10 of which they were eager to interview. That's a big jump up from previous searches, which have yielded at most 15 total applicants. And, we are told, the pool was an impressive one, with many applicants boasting excellent experience and other credentials.
After such a selection process (and the boost in the program director's salary) we are confident that the new program director, David Gulden, will be an improvement and a real boon for this community.
A vibrant city center is a major asset for the community, and we must give credit where it is due. Despite problems at Main Street, the various bodies beneath the Norwalk Economic Development Corp.'s (NEDC) umbrella (of which MSN is one) have been a positive force in the community.
Over the past several years, Norwalk has fared relatively well in difficult times. That and evidence from other communities suggests that a good economic development program can really improve the economic success and the livability of a community.
However, these programs cannot do it alone. Without community support, Bethany Dentler of the NEDC, Jim Wiedenheft of the Huron County Development Council, and David Gulden are just spinning their wheels.
So if you want to live in an exciting community, go out and volunteer just a little of your time to help because that's the only way it's ever going to happen.