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June 17, 2014

Wayfinding Program gets $300,000 infusion

State Sen. Kathleen O’Connor Ives, D-Newburyport, recently secured $300,000 for Amesbury’s Wayfinding Program, which she hopes will bring more people into the city soon.

“Informative wayfinding signage will be helpful to visitors, tourists, residents and Amesbury’s business community to showcase the many amenities the city has to offer,” Ives said.

The funds will go toward design, purchase and installation of roadway signs, directional signs, community maps, guides and bike trail signs that will help visitors navigate the city.

“We are pleased that the senator is working on our behalf, and continuing to advocate for Amesbury on Beacon Hill,” Mayor Ken Gray said. “The funding for the Amesbury Wayfinding Program would enhance our position between two interstates by directing travelers to key economic destinations within the community.”

The Amesbury Chamber of Commerce will also host a public hearing on the subject at the Nicholas Costello Transportation Center this evening. Potential designs for wayfinding signage will be presented to gauge which ones work best. Doors will open at 7 p.m.

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A shark tank is coming to Amesbury High School this week, but divers won’t be needed.

Two of AHS most promising business education students will be competing for a $1,000 first prize in the inaugural Student Entrepreneurs who strive to Excel and are Driven (S.E.E.D ) student entrepreneur competition at the AHS auditorium Thursday evening at 6. According to co-sponsor, AHS alumna (’78) and Truven Health Analytics director of business development Melody Marden, they are an impressive pair.

“One of the things that I found interesting is that, while some students created a quasi or a mock company to fulfill the requirements of the class, there were students that did have businesses that they were running on the side,” Marden said. “They were really able to hone their skills and knowledge and being able to forecast and the metrics of the price of one unit to help them grow their business even further. Kaylee and Garrett are perfect examples of that while being full-time students.”

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