Sustainable Economic Development Committee

Sustainable Economic Development Plan Needs Public Input from Business Owners & Citizens

at the Library on Saturday, May 21, at 9:15 am

The Ashby Economic Development Committee is drafting a Sustainable Economic Development Plan and public input is a critical element of the plan. The plan will include the goals and objectives for the sustainable economic development in Ashby. The Committee needs input from business owners and citizens.  We will focus on Ashby's strengths, its weaknesses, and what we, as a group, can do better to improve the viability of the businesses in our community.

An open meeting is scheduled to gain insight from the public concerning future economic development improvements to Ashby. Everyone with an interest in Ashby’s economic development is encouraged to attend including citizens, business owners, local and state officials and others.  A visioning session led by Ashby’s Land Use Agent, Chris Ryan and MRPC planner(s) Jennifer Siciliano and John Hume will be part of the meeting.

 The Economic Development Committee would like to thank the Library for the use of the meeting room and their support. The Ashby Free Public Library is handicapped accessible.

A high degree of public involvement is critical if this Visioning Session is to be a successful one.  To encourage this, participants will be directly involved in activities to identify Ashby’s key issues, strengths and challenges for the Planning Team to address in the Ashby Sustainable Economic Development Plan.  Also, a survey will be distributed at the event and will be available online off of the Town of Ashby’s website to gather further input about future economic development in Ashby.   

The public visioning session and Economic Development Plan process are being completed by the Economic Development Plan Committee with the assistance of the Montachusett Regional Planning Commission through its District Local Technical Assistance Program (funded by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  For more information on this project and to express your opinions and views, please attend the informational/ public input meeting to be held on May 21st starting at 9:30 AM in front of the Ashby Free Public Library.