Economic Development Committee

Meetings

  • 7:30 pm
  • 3rd Thursday of every month
  • Town Hall
    29 Middle Road
    Boxborough, MA 01719

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

View Most Recent Agendas and Minutes

Members

  • Rich Guzzardi, Chair
    Term expires: 2020
  • Joseph Ferguson
    Term expires: 2022
  • Kristin Hilberg
    Term expires: 2021
  • Nate McKinley
    Term expires: 2020
  • John Neyland
    Term expires: 2021
  • Mark White
    Term expires: 2022
  • Dawn Willis
    Term expires: 2022
  • Susan Bak, Ex-Officio
  • Becky Neville, Ex-Officio

Overview

The Economic Development Committee (EDC) is a 7-member board, plus two ex-officio members (Select Board and Finance Committee) appointed by the Boxborough Select Board. The EDC was formed as a result of an action in the Boxborough2030 Master Plan, calling for the reconstitution of the EDC to work with the Planning Board, Finance Committee and other boards, commissions and committees, as needed, to execute the action items called out in the Master Plan and further the economic development of Boxborough in accordance with its values and vision. The main purpose of the EDC is to develop and promote balanced business development that is in keeping with the town’s character.

Mission

The EDC Mission Statement is as follows:

Improve Boxborough’s economic viability and quality of life through thoughtful development in keeping with the town’s rural character and sense of community.

Strategies

The EDC has established 4 key economic development strategies, which along with its mission guide the work and focus of the committee.

UMASS Amherst Study

The EDC, with the support of the Planning Board, Boxborough Select Board and Finance Committee has commissioned the University of Massachusetts - Amherst, Center for Economic Development, School of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning (LARP) to conduct an Economic Development Study for the Town of Boxborough. The purpose of the study is to help us assess our current economic environment and provide viable recommendations for our future, aligned with the Boxborough2030 Master Plan and the needs and desires of the town.

For a high level description of the study, you can read the EDC Study Communication (PDF). You can also review the study Scope of Work (PDF) for more detailed information. The study will be carried out in two Phases, the first of which is being performed during the Fall of ’19 in order to leverage the UMASS Amherst LARP 2nd Year Masters’ Students Fall Studio Program. The second phase will be performed in the Spring of 2020, if approved by the town at Special Town Meeting on December 10, 2019.

Feedback

The EDC has a busy fall schedule (PDF). Please take a look and join us at one of our events. Community feedback is essential to focus and advise us on the work we do.