Tewksbury Takes Economic Development Self-Assessment
Jun 21, 2014 06:49PM
By Bill Gilman
Tewksbury Temporary Town Hall (Pike House)
The following information was submitted by Steve Sadwick, Tewksbury's director of Economic Development.
Economic Development in Tewksbury received a close review on June 11 with Professor Barry Bluestone from Northeastern University’s Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy.
Professor Bluestone met with approximately 30 Town leaders at the Tewksbury Public Library on Wednesday morning to conduct an Economic Development Self- Assessment Test (EDSAT). The leaders included members of the banking community, small businesses, real estate brokers, the Tewksbury School Department, Board of Selectmen, Planning Board and Conservation Commission as well as other various Town Officials.
The EDSAT is a survey of 250 questions that were developed by the Dukakis Center in consultation with site selectors and the National Association of Industrial and Office Parks. The questions are designed to give a community the ability to benchmark itself against other communities in the Commonwealth as well as nationwide. A simple system of identifying the level of important attributes to site selectors will be in the final report. In addition the final report will show items that the Town currently does well and where the Town needs to improve.
As Community Development Director Steve Sadwick explained, “it is timely in that the items identified in this assessment can be incorporated in the Economic Development Strategy of the Tewksbury Master Plan Update.” The Economic Development Committee will be working with staff on implementation of the findings from the EDSAT. The Master Plan Update is currently underway with the Tewksbury Planning Board and Community Development office working towards its completion.
Professor Bluestone will be back in Tewksbury in the Fall to give his final report and findings of the Tewksbury EDSAT.
The Northern Middlesex Council of Governments was instrumental in assisting the Town in putting together this program and supporting the Town’s economic development and master planning efforts.