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Salisbury Plans for Downtown Ambassador Pilot Program

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SALISBURY, Md.- If you've ever had trouble finding certain restaurants, businesses or services in downtown Salisbury, there will soon be a way to avoid that problem.

The city has plans to launch a "Downtown Ambassadors Program," which is expected to start next spring.

Janice Hellzen came all the way to Salisbury from Minnesota to spend time with her daughter who is just one week away from giving birth to her grandchild. Hellzen arrived a few days ago and already needs a little help getting around.

"I'm going to have to figure this out because when she goes into the hospital, I'll have the baby and I'm going to have to find my way around," Hellzen said.

The challenge will not be as difficult for visitors like Hellzen come May. The Salisbury City Council plans to launch a pilot Downtown Ambassadors Program and in order to fund it the city is applying for a $19,000 grant through its Main Street Improvement Program. The funds will be provided by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development

The city will hire four college students: two will work a lunch shift (11 a.m.-2 p.m.) and the other two will work a dinner shift (5-8 p.m. six days a week. The ambassadors will be an "information booth of sorts" to locals and visitors looking for businesses, restaurants and services. The helpers will attend large events at Salisbury University to promote downtown as well as other local events.

"I have a hard time finding my direction around town, and I think to see somebody you can go to and ask a question [like] where's the best place to get a bite to eat, or a cup of coffee or where's the store, would be really helpful," Hellzen said.

Barry Bourkel of Salisbury thinks the program is a good idea.

"A lot of people are from out of town from the surrounding area , so I think it would be a good idea," Bourkel said. 

The pilot program will run from May 1 until Oct. 31.

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