Revitalizing Waterbury, Inc.
Revitalizing Waterbury, Inc. ("RW"), a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation located in Waterbury, Vermont, was founded in 1991 to preserve and enhance the economic, historic and social vitality of Waterbury, one of Vermont's 23 designated downtowns and an accredited member of the National Main Street Program. With more than 260 individual and business members representing a broad spectrum of our community, RW works in cooperation with local, regional and statewide stakeholders to create and maintain a vibrant downtown that is inviting, safe, economically sound, lively and livable. As well as serving as one of Waterbury's most active NGOs, RW is an ombudsman for small businesses in and near Waterbury; a mediator between those businesses and town and State governments and agencies; and a vital partner to Waterbury's Development Corporation, currently being established. RW's current annual operating budget is approximately $125,000.
Waterbury, Vermont is a vibrant community of 5,000 located in the heart of Vermont's Green Mountains. Just a 20 minute drive from Montpelier (Vermont's state capital), 30 minutes from Burlington (Vermont's largest city), and midway between the popular resort areas of Stowe and the Mad River Valley, Waterbury sits at the intersection of three of Vermont's most heavily traveled roads (Routes 2 and 100 and Interstate 89). Its downtown is home to a vibrant mix of residential neighborhoods; civic and cultural facilities; and independent small businesses. With its small-town values, big-city employment opportunities via its flagship corporate partners (Green Mountain Coffee Roasters and Ben and Jerry's), numerous tourist attractions, and varied dining experiences, the community has become a thriving destination for local, regional, and national visitors. A recent retail market study undertaken as part of a community-wide brand and marketing initiative identified creative businesses in all sectors as a major strength of Waterbury.