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Chris Prasek Joins DWC as Summer Intern Thanks to a Westfield Foundation Grant

Chris Prasek Joins DWC as Summer Intern Thanks to a Westfield Foundation Grant

The Downtown Westfield Corporation (DWC), with assistance of a Westfield Foundation grant, has hired Chris Prasek for their summer intern position. The Westfield Foundation grants provide non-profit and civic organizations with financial assistance to provide summer employment to an area student.  The DWC has been fortunate to have this assistance available for many years.  Particularly during the busy summer months, the intern position is critical to downtown promotional activities such as the Sweet Sounds Downtown Jazz festivals, Second Sundays, Customer Appreciation Days, and the Downtown Westfield 5K & Pizza Extravaganza. Chris has been assisting the DWC in prior summers on a periodic part-time basis during jazz nights and the Pizza Run as well as taking care of the flower baskets on Central Avenue and the storefronts placed by the DWC.

A 2015 graduate of Westfield High school, Chris is going to be a Senior in Fall 2018 at New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, NJ pursuing a degree in Chemical Engineering.  An active member of the NJIT Track & Field team and a seasoned athlete at Westfield High School, Chris has carried his leadership skills in achieving the Dean’s List at NJIT and is pursuing a chemical engineering position after college.m  Chris also is an avid fisherman traveling all over the state in search of the perfect catch. 

Chris is obtaining valuable work experience in a small office environment while interacting with the downtown business community.  Working closely with Executive Director Sherry Cronin, Assistant Executive Director Beth Brenner, and Jamie Lemberg, Online Marketing Manager, Chris will be involved in the execution of events such as the Downtown Westfield 5K & Pizza Extravaganza, Sweet Sounds Downtown Jazz Festivals and new Second Sunday events. Chris will be finishing his summer employment focusing on special committee projects, board reports, press releases, and NJ Main Street Reporting.

The Downtown Westfield Corporation, formed in 1996, is the management entity of the Special Improvement District. It is governed by a seven member Board of Directors, has two full-time and one part-time staff members, and numerous volunteers serving on Design, Promotion, Economic Vitality and Organization committees. The vision of the DWC is for Westfield, NJ to be a preferred destination where people want to live, work, and visit.  Westfield is also honored to be one of over 40 Main Street Community Programs in New Jersey, a part of the National Trust’s National Main Street Center. Westfield is honored to have won the 2004 Great American Main Street Award, the 2010 America in Bloom Award and the 2013 Great Places in NJ award by the NJ chapter of the American Planning Association. For the latest happenings, event information, and promotional offers from Westfield businesses, check out www.WestfieldToday.com.

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