Let Mr. Vago’s great work continue

To the editor:
We are business owners and also a family that cares deeply about this community, and we are compelled to express our displeasure at what has happened with the TRDDA and its Executive Director David Vago.
Though we are in the countryside, Corey Lake Orchards has always been a huge supporter of the city, stemming from our tremendous belief in the strength and community of Three Rivers. We’ve appreciated the work of many previous DDA Directors, but none of them had the vision nor took the initiative that Dave did to build partnerships. He acted on building connections, understanding that the revitalization of downtown should be linked to the work being done in other communities around downtown including the lake community around our farm.
We both knew that the customer base at our business could be an asset to the Three Rivers Downtown, if we could help them learn about it. In the corollary, there were Three Rivers residents who didn’t know about us either. To bridge the two, we provided Dave with a communication platform — our website, email, and Facebook page — to tell over 5000 people who visit our social media pages about what is going on in Downtown Three Rivers. He described his vision for the downtown and ensured that our followers knew about key events, like the Friday evening strolls and HarmonyFest. He also personally hung signage and flyers at our farm.
In addition, Dave was instrumental in helping us get our first “Downtown to Down Home” Local Festival off the ground and personally worked the DDA booth that day, explaining to hundreds of visitors why it’s worth it to visit the city. This event featured Three Rivers businesses, area attractions, and the Three Rivers Artist’s Guild. We felt it was so successful we should make it an annual event, and we are in planning stages with Dave for this year where we hope to expand it.
We have been thrilled to have someone with Dave’s dedication, professional background, and experience leading the efforts to revitalize our community and have committed resources (financial, personnel, products) from our business to continue to support that.
We hope the DDA Board will rectify this situation quickly and let Mr. Vago’s great work continue.
Beth Hubbard, Owner and Manager, Corey Lake Orchards
On behalf of the Hubbard Family
Three Rivers

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