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Gay Elected Chairman of Economic Development Committee

Committee looking to improve outreach, communications.

David Gay has been elected to succeed David Plunkett as chairman of the

The reorganization of the committee took place at a recent meeting at the Tewksbury Senior Center.

Nancy Reed was elected to serve as vice chairman. Plunkett will continue to serve on the committee, which also includes Todd Johnson, Kevin Donnelly, Tracy Clement, Stephen Deackoff, Town Manager Richard Montuori and Director of Community Development Steve Sadwick.

Both Gay and Johnson are members of the Board of Selectmen.

The committee lost a member earlier this month when Jim Wentworth submitted his letter of resignation. He said he intends to remain involved in economic development in the community in other ways.

Gay said Tewksbury faces great challenges in terms of economic growth but he feels there is also great opportunity. One of the committee's greatest tasks will be to do a better job spreading the word about what Tewksbury has to offer prospective businesses.

"Tewksbury has been designated an that makes some tax breaks available, "said Gay. "We working ... doing the best we can to let companies know about it."

Gay also said the Route 38 corridor, presently littered with vacant storefronts and strip mall spaces, is a top priority of the committee.

"I know Steve Sadwick has reach out to a number of those (property owners) on occasion," he said. "But I think it's something where we need to get a little more aggressive and beat the bushes. A sub-committee is being formed to address that."

The Economic Development Committee meets monthly at the

Rob Dugan April 29, 2011 at 10:47 PM
Congratulations David!! I really hope you can spur up some busines on RT. 38. It would be nice to see some store fronts open back up. Maybe start with throwing out that master plan. That's where this mess all started, in my opion.
malcolm nichols April 30, 2011 at 02:12 PM
Economic development should be focused around business which are accessed directly to 495 and 93. Rt 38 should remain as rural and residential as possible with pleasant town center and some local business, not one long stripmall. We don't want passthru traffic on 38.
Karyn May 01, 2011 at 04:29 AM
Congrats, David....keep on pluggin'! And I disagree...the Master Plan has nothing to do with the empty storefronts and is NOT the problem/issue here. The Town has no control over the property owners of a plaza like Purity Supreme who pay taxes whether empty or not. Planning initiatives such as the Master Plan encourage responsible development coupled with the recently adopted overlay districts along Rt. 38 to provide incentives and allow for more flexibility.

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