Putnam’s Main Street has been transformed in recent years into a dining and entertainment destination for the region, due in large part to incremental and deliberate placemaking and planning.
Delpha Very, Director of Economic & Community Development, Town of Putnam
Delpha is committed to enabling Downtown Putnam to achieve its potential by rediscovering and achieving its goals as a mixed-use and walkable town center where people come to live, work, play and learn.
An infectious enthusiasm, love of community, the ability to build consensus and a tireless dedication are just of few of the many qualities that make Delpha Very such a tremendous asset to the Town of Putnam. As the town’s Economic and Community Development Director, Delpha’s efforts have led to the creation of Riverview Marketplace, the Putnam façade program, historic mill redevelopment, and the establishment of the Putnam Arts Council. Delpha is one of a kind – a visionary who has facilitated incremental progress in bringing Downtown Putnam back to life. Thanks to her efforts, Putnam has received five Preservation of Place Grants:
- 2008 – for a Main Street/Downtown Parking and Building Assessment
- 2010 – for a Downtown Vision, Action Plan & Policy/Regulatory Plan
- 2011 – for a Walkability Audit & Streetscape Design Study
- 2013 – for the Downtown Center Signage & Wayfinding Design plan
- 2015 – for creation of Downtown Design Guidelines & Standards