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 2016 adopted Strategic Plan.
WEDC Committee Members
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):
The Communications Subcommittee has been supplying press releases on topics of interest to the business and residential community, which are available below:
REDC CEDS Program
The Town of Windham is part fo the Regional Economic Development Center (REDC). A Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) is the result of a local planning process designed to guide the economic growth of a region. For more informaiton, click here.
The Division of Economic Development at the NH Department of Resources and Economic Development have designated 17 parcels of land, within 6 areas in Windham, Economic Revitalization Zones (ERZs). These 6 designated areas are at Wall Street and Rt 111, Range Road, Rt 111 and Rt 111A, and the Village Center, Village Center South and Village Center North (see map of the 3 Village Center areas here). This designation was requested by the Town to help stimulate economic development, expand the commercial and industrial base, create new jobs, reduce sprawl, and increase tax revenues. Businesses proposing to locate in these areas are able to apply to the state for a tax credit to be applied towar