Westborough EDC to function with learn approach subgroups on initiatives

By Susan Gonsalves, Contributing Writer

Westborough – The Economic Growth Committee will share concepts with teams performing on the town’s master prepare alternatively than test to carry out a lengthy list of ambitions on its individual.

EDC member Allen Edinberg, who is also a Selectman, built a presentation at a March 4 assembly on how the board can satisfy its mission—which includes retaining, attracting and conference with firms as perfectly as advising the Board of Selectmen.

He categorized a lengthy record of priorities into four areas: downtown, outreach, programs and advising. 

Quite a few of the strategies centered on means to achieve the local community about a revitalization work this sort of as by newsletters, well timed updates, exclusive events, marketing and galas. 

Edinberg stated that larger contact is needed with company choice makers, small enterprise owners and important affinity groups.

In addition, he referred back to a presentation by Hudson officials at the EDC’s past assembly about Enterprise Advancement Districts (BID) as a likelihood for Westborough.

He also highlighted techniques to foster small business enhancement this sort of as valet parking, pop up dining places and outside eating. 

Monetary measures these as providing Tax Incentive Finance (TIFS), partnering with banking institutions for personal loan applications and pursuing smaller business enterprise grants had been also talked about, as was supporting bylaw adjustments to boost accountable business improvement.

Town Manager Kristi Williams mentioned that those subjects and lots of other individuals really should be narrowed down to 3 to five goods to try out to achieve in a year. She extra that she and other staff users would explore how the perform would be divided amongst town staff members and the Board alone.

EDC member and Town Planner Jim Robbins stated that a lot of what his group want to attain dovetails with the Land Use and Regulatory Subcommittee’s endeavours as the grasp system is up to date.

“There are a whole lot of critical matters in this article that can be supported by the master plan,” Robbins stated. I don’t imagine the two attempts can run on independent tracks. They have to be folded collectively.”

Robbins extra that some of the tips can be carried out without getting to change any bylaws and by making use of the frameworks presently in area.

Because board associates made the decision the phrase “goal,” was much too sturdy. Edinberg prompt that the concepts be characterized as “initiatives below consideration” or “concepts to be pursued.”

Williams famous that the committee really should look at growing its membership to include things like additional people and associates of the enterprise group alternatively than mainly municipal workers. That enlargement could be positioned on the October Town Conference warrant, she reported.

Alexander cautions towards hurry to establish BID  

In other business enterprise, the committee reviewed the aforementioned Hudson BID presentation. EDC member Todd Alexander stated that prior to the city dives into setting up one in Westborough, more investigate is desired. He said that in Amherst, he and his tenants regard it as “just yet another tax,” without substantially advantage hooked up to it.

Edinberg stated that company proprietors would have to embrace the notion and occur up with a list of jobs that they’d like done that have seen rewards. Other associates observed that the Hudson reps emphasised the significance of group support.

New economic growth coordinator

The committee was also launched to Zach Boughner, who will start off as economic improvement coordinator in a handful of months. 

Boughner been given a bachelor of arts diploma in political science and laptop or computer science from Columbia University and most just lately worked as a enterprise analyst at McKinsey & Enterprise. 

The subsequent meeting is Thursday, April 1 at 3:30 p.m.