Economic Development

Economic & Community Development Consultant

Gretchen Haverluk

Gretchen Havreluk is currently contracted three days per week as the Economic Development Specialist.  She is currently working on several projects including:  Facade Improvement Grants for local business properties, Bi-Town Economic Development Committee work, consulting with the Old School Enrichment Committee, sidewalk reconstruction, redevelopment in Wilmington, and grant administration.   The redevelopment work includes expanding broadband/fiber optic and cellular services, Coworking/Incubator space and the potential of expanding wastewater and water on the east side of town.  


Gretchen has several private, local, state and federal resources available to help businesses with any challenges they may encounter.

Please feel to contact Gretchen at (802) 779-2905 or email her at

OR… Leave a message on the town phone at (802) 464-8591  ext. 117


Need Funds to Expand Your Existing Business?

Wilmington has implemented a Revolving Loan Fund for businesses.   The Town of Wilmington’s Revolving Loan Program is designed to help new or existing businesses start up or relocate in the Town; as well as help businesses that are already in Town to expand. The purpose of this loan program is to help create jobs or to help maintain existing jobs. This funding can be used for different purposes including, but not limited to; the purchase of machinery or equipment, leasehold improvements, interior and exterior signs, inventory purchases, code improvements, etc.

This loan program is designed to encourage business growth within Wilmington, provide flexible repayment options, and offer low interest rates to applicants.  View the application on our Applications page, listed under Documents/Agendas/Public Notices.

Please feel free to contact Gretchen Havreluk for questions.

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