Structure

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Part of the Montpelier Alive Design Committee, Parklet Project, 2013-2015
Montpelier Alive accomplishes its mission through a Board of Directors, Advisory Council, Executive Director and Committees made up of citizen volunteers. If you are interested in getting involved as a volunteer or committee member, please contact our offices at 802-223-9604.

Office Staff
  • Ashley Witzenberger, Executive Director, director@montpelieralive.org 
  • Susan Sanderson, Office & Event Support Coordinator, events@montpelieralive.org 
  • Jessica Ball, Volunteer Coordinator, volunteer@montpelieralive.org
Advisory Council
  • Kevin Ellis, Ellis Mills Public Relations
  • Tim Heney, Heney Realtors
  • Mayor John Hollar, DRM
  • Gary Holloway, Downtown Program Coordinator, VT Dept of Housing and Community Development
  • John Mayfield, Julio's Cantina
  • Peter Ricker, Denis Ricker Brown
  • Fred Wilber, Buch Spieler, Former Owner
Like other downtown organizations across the country, we use the National Main Streets Program's suggested structure of 4 committees:

  • Design Committee focuses on improving the physical aspects of Montpelier's Downtown (streetscape, lighting, facades, circulation, etc.) and developing strategies to ensure an attractive appearance, highlighting the city's unique assets and heritage.
    • Chair: Paul Carnahan
  • Economic Development Committee focuses on developing and implementing a market strategy that will result in an optimum mix of businesses, retail, services, lodging, residences and cultural activities for Montpelier to ensure its economic viability within rapidly changing local and global economies.
    • Chair: Greg Guyette 
  • Organization Committee focuses on managing the organizational structure to assure there will be the basis for a long-term, self-sustaining and stable Downtown Revitalization program.
    • Chair: Sarah Jarvis
  • Promotions Committee focuses on promoting and marketing a unified, high-quality image for the Downtown and organizing cultural activities which will bring people to Montpelier.
    • Chair: Rob Chapman
 In addition to our core committees listed, we also host these additional committees:
  • Fundraising Committee 
  • Montpelier Business Association; all business are invited to meet the first Wednesday of every month, 8:30 am, City Hall 
  • State House Ice Rink
Event Coordinating Committees

  • July 3rd Committee
  • ArtsFest Committee 
  • Art Walk Committee
  • City-Wide Tag Sale Committee 
Designated Downtown
Shortly after Montpelier Alive was formed in 1999, we received State of Vermont recognition as a Designated Downtown. Through this program, downtown property owners and renters are eligible for tax credits. The downtown can also create its own signage, apply for special transportation funds, and take advantage of special state programs designed for downtowns.