Kasey Drummond wore many hats during her 15 years with the Town of Glenrock. She was a police dispatcher, a code enforcer, a court clerk, a town planner, a community and economic development director and a Main Street manager.
Often, she was many of those roles all at once.
After an amazing tenure at town hall, Drummond is resigning. She leaves behind a legacy of progress and a blueprint for future success for her town.
Drummond recently sat down with Wyoming Main Street to talk about some of her favorite projects and what lies ahead for downtown Glenrock.
(This conversation has been edited for clarity and brevity.)
Wyo Main St: There’s hardly a job you haven’t held at town hall. How did that diversity of experience inform your work as a Main Street manager?
Drummond: Usually in community development, the town planner, the code enforcement official, the director – all those positions would be held by different people. I had to become proficient in all those roles.
The benefit to business owners was, since I was doing all of it myself, I could get the work done without the layers of bureaucracy and rolls of red tape. The work got done much quicker and smoother that way. I was proud of that.
Wyo Main St: What event that you helped develop stands out as the biggest impact to retailers in Glenrock?
Drummond: No. 1 would have to be the Christmas Shoppe. It’s an event for artists who make handmade artwork. We are fortunate to have many talented artists in Glenrock. I knew a few of them and brought this idea forward. Those folks knew other artists and things just took off.
This past December was the event’s third year. It addressed the economic vitality arm of Main Street America’s four-point approach. That first year, the event was four weeks long and brought in $15,000. The next year, we extended the event two weeks and made almost $23,000. This past year, despite the economic downturn, we netted just shy of $24,000.
The Main Street program takes 10 percent of the profits and pay the taxes and credit card transaction fees for the artists. The little bit left over we put toward our fund for future projects.
The support we get for the Christmas Shoppe is overwhelming, and thanks to the success of that event a new boutique just opened downtown and another is in the process of opening a storefront.
Wyo Main St: Glenrock has really taken this idea of placemaking and run with it. Talk about how it has benefitted the town.
Drummond: During one of our Best Practices Workshops we visited the town of Rome in Georgia. We discovered an all-inclusive bike repair station there. I loved that idea and brought it back and incorporated it into a pocket park adjacent to town hall.
It’s a memorial park dedicated to Annie Danaher, a beloved local businesswoman, volunteer and friend to many in the community. She was 100 years old when she passed.
I enjoy seeing kids fiddling with their bikes in that park, pumping up the tires, adjusting their brakes. It’s a great addition to the community and a lovely place to sit and watch the day pass.
We were also privileged to have internationally-renowned artist Arcy come paint a 30-square-foot mural of the Pony Express called “Deliverance.” It’s a wonderful piece, and the community loves it.
Wyo Main St: You’ve obviously set the stage for great things to come in Glenrock. What can people expect in Glenrock’s future?
Drummond: We recently partnered Main Street with Glenrock Economic Development to form Glenrock Up. It’s a true team environment now. They will coordinate to promote quality of life, seek business expansion and retention and continue to develop Glenrock.
I’m really excited about that group’s potential.
I’m going to miss all my Wyoming Main Street peers and my coworkers in Glenrock. Really, I’m going to miss everything about this town and this job.