Wilmington Forms Economic Development Committee To Become More Proactive In Attracting Businesses

WILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Selectmen unanimously approved the formation of a Town Economic Development Committee at their meeting on Monday night.

The Committee will have several purposes, as outlined by Hull:

  1. Gain an understanding of what economic development means to residents, the degree to which residents are seeking more businesses or expansion of existing business, and the types of businesses residents would like to see in Wilmington.
  2. Gain an understanding of Wilmington’s strengths and vulnerabilities as a host community to businesses currently operating, businesses considering Wilmington as a potential place to relocate, and for individuals seeking to start a business.
  3. Facilitate communication with members of the Wilmington/Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce and other business in Wilmington and the area to understand their short and long term plans, opportunities and challenges.
  4. Create an informational tool that presents Wilmington “in a nut shell,” providing statistics about the population, demographics workforce, and the attributes that make Wilmington the place to conduct business.
  5. Serve as an educational forum for committee members and the public by hosting guest speakers to cover different elements of economic development.

“The Economic Development Committee would be an advisory committee making recommendations to the Board of Selectmen and Town Manager,” explained Hull. “An Annual Report would be filed with the Town Clerk summarizing their activities for the year. One or more representatives from the Committee would be expected to meet at least once a year with the Board of Selectmen to discuss their work.”

The Committee, which would be expected to meet monthly outside of the summer, will consist of Town Manager Jeff Hull, Planning Director Valerie Gingrich, a designee from the Board of Selectmen, a representative from the Wilmington/Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce, two business owners, and a resident at large. Selectman Greg Bendel will serve as the Selectmen’s designee. Hull has not filled the other four spots yet, but has individuals in mind he intends to ask.

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