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Economic Development Committee

Meeting Schedule: 
2nd Friday of each month at 7:30 AM
Meeting Location: 
Community Development Department
Support Staff: 
Community Development Department, 3 N. Lowell Road
Phone: 
(603) 432-3806
Fax: 
(603) 432-7362
Direct Correspondence to:: 

Chairman, Economic Development Committee PO Box 120 Windham, NH 03087-0120

Televised Live: 
Yes

The Windham Economic Development Committee (WEDC), was originally formed in 2007 as a subcommittee of the Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce. In April of 2010, the Board of Selectmen established the EDC as a Town Committee that they may better assist, counsel, and advise the Citizens of Windham, the Board of Selectmen, other Town Boards and Departments, and Windham businesses, both existing and proposed, on the merits of Economic Development.

It is the mission of the Economic Development Committee to enhance the vitality of the local economy by supporting existing business and attracting new businesses to Windham, encouraging economic development consistent with the Windham Master Plan, and promoting the spirit of the Town Motto: Old Values, New Horizons.

You may learn more about the EDC's goals toward attaining this mission within their Committee Rules and the 2011 adopted Strategic Plan, which was based in part on the work done under the CTAP grant program. Please also see our 2013 WEDC Outreach Presentation.

The Committee is comprised of eleven (11) members. Eight (8) of these members, as appointed by the Board of Selectmen, are either Town residents or are involved in the Windham business community. The remaining three (3) are Ex-Officio members of the current Planning Board, Board of Selectmen, and Chamber of Commerce, who are appointed annually by their respective Boards.

Committee Members (Terms):

  • Ralph Valentine, Chair (06/30/2016)
  • Ed Gallagher, Vice Chair (06/30/2015)
  • Charlie Roberts, Secretary  (06/30/2017)
  • Michael Oldenburg (06/30/2017)
  • Bruce Breton (06/30/2016)
  • Jim Coburn (06/30/2016)
  • Robert Higgins (06/30/2015)
  • Noel Lyond Baker (06/30/2015)
  • Donna Morris, Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce Member
  • Paul Gosselin, Planning Board Member
  • Al Letizio, Board of Selectmen Member
  • Joel Desilets, Board of Selectmen Alternate Member

 

The Communications Subcommittee has been supplying regular press releases on topics of interest, which are available below:

November DRED Presentation

At the November 7th public forum, a presentation was given on how to attract businesses to Windham by Michael Bergeron, lead business recruiter for NH Department of Resources and Economic Development.  The power point presentation can be reivewed here.

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