Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Be Part of the Largest State of Delaware “This Place Matters” Photo

Come gather with your friends, neighbors, and co-workers at the

Mispillion River Pedestrian Bridge by Bicentennial Park

August 12, 2010

8:00 a.m.

Local photographers, Leafo Photo, to take a community photo in Milford for a chance to win the National “This Place Matters” challenge.

Join us in showing that our community believes “Milford Matters.” We are the kind of place where a children’s class inspires leaders, a landscape inspires artists, and a history inspires vision. We are Milford, Delaware. River Town. Art Town. Home Town.

Downtown Milford, Inc.’s “This Place Matters” is part of an initiative by the National Trust for Historic Preservation to help raise awareness about the special places that help to define our national heritage. For more information, please call (302) 839-1180.

*NEW* 3D Modeling Volunteer Opportunity

Looking for professionals for a breakthrough opportunity

Downtown Milford, Incorporated (DMI) is seeking volunteers for a “Main Streets in 3D” project. Volunteers will be receiving training from GOOGLE and IGLOO STUDIOS experts on how to use 3D modeling programs such as; Google Earth and Google Sketchup to assist in our downtown revitalization projects. DMI is flexible with work/ school schedules. Volunteers are required to attend a daylong training in Milford, Delaware.

Job responsibilities: Working with the project team to create 3D models of the Downtown Milford area buildings; creating fly through 3D models of Downtown Milford; Assisting DMI staff with recruiting and training new volunteers for the project; additional duties may include taking photos of downtown buildings and working on additional projects using 3D modeling technology

Qualifications: Strong computer skills; Experience with Google Earth, Google Sketchup, or other 3D modeling technology is preferred but not required; Willingness to learn new computer technologies; Good organizational, leadership, time management and problem solving skills; Ability to work independently as well as part of a team; Strong communication skills and able to organize and facilitate group or one-on-one trainings

If interested please contact DMI or email your resume:

Elizabeth Purcell

Phone: (302) 839-1180

Email: Elizabeth@downtownmilford.org

About Downtown Milford, Inc.:

Downtown Milford, Inc. is a volunteer driven 501 (c)(3) non-profit community organization that promotes quality development of the traditional central business district of Milford, Delaware in order to preserve the area’s rich historic heritage and bring new life and purpose to the downtown area. Downtown Milford, Inc. is an accredited National Main Street program. For more information on Downtown Milford, Inc., please visit http://www.downtownmilford.org/. For more information on the National Main Street program, please visit http:// www.preservationnation.org/main-street/.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Downtown Milford, Inc. Selected as a 2010 "Main Streets in 3D" Community

Volunteers and Staff to Receive Free Training
By Google Sketchup and Earth Experts

Milford, Delaware, July 21, 2010 - The National Trust Main Street Center in collaboration with Google and Igloo Studios has chosen Downtown Milford, Incorporated (DMI) as one of five Main Street Programs nationwide to receive free training in the use of 3D technology to empower the organization's revitalization efforts in the downtown historic commercial district of Milford, Delaware.

More than 1,200 accredited Main Street programs nationwide were given the opportunity to compete for the “Main Streets in 3D" Project. The National Trust Main Street Center and representatives from Google and Igloo Studios, creators of Google Earth and Sketchup, chose the top five Main Street programs with the most innovative and creative ideas for using the Google Sketchup and Google Earth 3D technology in their communities. These communities will receive a free "all day", on-site training session and modeling from the Google and Igloo Studios experts.

“Downtown Milford, Inc. is honored to be chosen as one of the five "Main Streets in 3D" communities and plans to use this training and 3D technology to show business owners facade enhancement options, improve our planning process for our streetscape projects, develop a historic 3D timeline of the downtown area, and to create interactive fly through 3D videos of our downtown area to promote cultural and heritage tourism," stated DMI Executive Director Lorraine J. Dion. “By recruiting recent graduates and high school students to work on this project we hope to engage more youth in our historic downtown.”

Within the next few months, experts from Google and Igloo Studios will come to Milford to train our volunteers and staff members on the use of Google Earth and Sketchup as well as the use of photography to enhance the 3D models. While the Google and Igloo Studios representatives are in Milford, they will also be modeling some of the most complicated historic buildings in downtown Milford. The National Trust Main Street Center commended DMI for its strong community partnerships, engaging the area youth and incorporating Milford's heritage and historic architecture in its proposed projects.

DMI 3D modeling project community partners, to date, include: City of Milford, Delaware Architects, Wagamon Technology Group, LLC, Leafo Photo, Dave Kenton, and photographer Bob Connelly. DMI is actively recruiting volunteers for the project from Delaware Technical & Community College and the University of Delaware.

If you are interested in volunteering for the 3D Modeling project, please contact the DMI office at (302) 839-1180.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Meet a Downtown Milford Business Owner

Welcome Back Wagamon Technology Group, LLC!

When the fire seven years ago tore through sections of Milford's historic downtown district, Wagamon Technology Group, LLC relocated to a shopping plaza along Route 113. Now, Downtown Milford, Inc. is pleased to welcome back Wagamon Technology Group, LLC to Milford's historic downtown business district.

"I always had the ambition to move back downtown," stated Allan Wagamon, owner of Wagamon Technology Group, LLC, "My building partner and myself were just in the right place and the right time for the opportunity to buy a building downtown. Not even a year later, the remodeling was complete and we were ready to move in."

Wagamon Technology Group, LLC, celebrating 15 years in business, is an IT management company. Although the company will perform home user repair, its primary focus is maintaining networks, servers and offering first class service and support to over 200 customers.

From the beautiful flooring to the great use of color on the walls there is much to be admired in the new office space. But, there is one hidden treasure in Allan Wagamon’s new office that truly shows his passion for Downtown Milford. Hanging next to his desk is a 1938 walking survey map of Milford by William P. Richards. “It’s all about the atmosphere when choosing to work and own a business in Downtown Milford. When I need a break I can take a walk, enjoy the Riverwalk, eventually you meet just about everybody on the street. It’s the hometown feel that draws me downtown,” Wagamon stated.

The new building also has a newly renovated 1,000 square foot office suite that is available for immediate occupancy. An exposed brick wall and wooden staircase leads visitors to a great view overlooking Downtown Milford. For more information on this space or to view this space please contact Allan Wagamon (302) 222-0270 or Bill Krieg (302) 542-0816.

Please join DMI in welcoming back Wagamon Technology Group, LLC. We are proud to have you as part of our community.

“Meet a Downtown Business Owner” will be a monthly newsletter feature, highlighting a different downtown business every month. Stay tuned...