WEST ORANGE, NJ — The executive director of the Downtown West Orange Alliance (DWOA) earned some big praise from a statewide nonprofit as part of its annual awards series for 2022.
Downtown New Jersey (DNJ) recently announced the winners of its Downtown Excellence Awards, which celebrate initiatives that have “made a major or sustained impact on downtown economic development” in the state.
“With each passing year, we are more and more impressed by the dedication and creativity of downtown organizations and their partners in providing services, engaging new audiences, and promoting economic development,” DNJ executive director Courtenay Mercer said.
Megan Brill, executive director of the DWOA, earned an award as an “Individual of Excellence – Downtown Professional.”
“Megan Brill has been the Executive Director of the Downtown West Orange Alliance (DWOA) since 2013. The DWOA follows the Main Street Four Point Approach, a volunteer-driven, historic preservation-based, economic development program. Megan Brill and her team engage the local community in activities that support downtown development and increase the West Orange Main Street’s contribution to its local economy. Megan has curated a portfolio of events and activities that support the Downtown’s economic development, such as business openings and ribbon cuttings, community events, and annual holiday programming. DWOA events include the Annual Mayor’s 5K Run/Walk, Downtown Thursdays, the Annual Holiday Open House, as well as collaborations between local organizations such as the West Orange Farmers Market, Thomas Edison Museum, Turtle Back Zoo, and others.”
“Megan is one of the most dedicated individuals when it comes to the improvement, enhancement, and appeal of the Downtown District in West Orange,” West Orange Township Councilwoman Michelle Casalino said. “She is well-known, well-liked, and part of the fabric that makes our downtown successful and fun.”