by Lisa Tome
The Town of Port Deposit has an extra pair of hands helping it along.
Unpaid intern Towson University student Sean Meyering is dedicating 120 hours to helping the town. He began his new post recently.
Meyering, a marketing and business administration major, is a senior at Towson. His working in Port Deposit is a requirement for one of his college courses. He learned about the town last year when town administrator Vicky Rinkerman spoke at Towson.
He is from Yorktown, N.Y., about 40 minutes from New York City. He likes the unique perspective that working in Port Deposit is providing.
During his time with the town, which will wrap up in mid-December, he will look at town promotional opportunities. He also plans to study the business community, the chamber, and more. Rinkerman said he will have a key role in the marketing plan for promoting Port's Visitor's Center at the Tome Gas House.
"One of the ideas I had is to bring all the businesses together for a restaurant week with proceeds (a portion) going to the Visitor's Center," said Meyering. He is also considering a Map Turtle Festival in Port Deposit.
"It's fun. I've had internships in businesses before. Working in a small town government is good. I get to learn different situations in government. It's a whole new challenge," he said. "I am happy to be here and ready to get things going. I will also work on the town website and make it more visitor-friendly."
Town leadership is enthused.
"We're glad to have any help. The town has multiple projects underway. We want to showcase the town and get these properties turned around," said Port Deposit Mayor Wayne Tome, Sr.