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Town Seeking Residents Input on Development at Jan. 18 Mtg.

Jan 08, 2018 11:52AM ● Published by Pamela Johnson

Bellingham Launches Economic Development Initiative

The Town of Bellingham and the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) are undertaking an economic development initiative to focus on promoting new development and redevelopment in strategic growth locations in town, as well as developing a unifying and consistent vision for the town. An economic development vision is essential for understanding how to best approach industrial, commercial, and mixed-use development in Bellingham's three commercial areas.

MAPC staff, town officials, and interested stakeholders are currently distributing a town-wide economic development survey, which can be found at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BellinghamEconDev or on the lower left hand side of the Town website at www.bellinghamma.org.

Additionally, Bellingham officials and MAPC are seeking residents’ input for an economic development plan on Thursday, January 18, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Bellingham Public Library. Officials are asking for information about what residents would change to stimulate Bellingham’s economy, including their insights into how to create jobs, support businesses, and strengthen the community as a whole. The drop-in session will feature a presentation by a representative of MAPC on goals of the project, and the current state of economic activity in town.

All the input and guidance provided through the survey and at the workshop will be included in an Economic Development Action Plan. This plan will evaluate the town’s opportunities in a holistic manner, which will guide the town’s goals and priorities for the next 5-10 years.
For more information, contact Raul Gonzalez, Economic Development Planner, at 617-933-0722 or by e-mail at rgonzalez@mapc.org, or visit www.BellinghamMA.org.
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