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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
(603) 432-3806
(603) 432-7362
Direct Correspondence to:: 

Chairman, WEDC

3 North Lowell Road

Windham, NH 03087

Televised Live: 

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):

  • Ed Gallagher, Chair (06/30/17)
  • Gary Garfield, Vice Chair (06/30/18)
  • Lisa Walker, Secretary (06/30/19)
  • Dom Feroce (06/30/2019)
  • George Fredette (06/30/2019)
  • Robert Higgins (06/30/18)
  • Melissa Magnuson (06/30/2018)
  • Michael Oldenburg (06/30/17)
  • Bruce Richardson  (06/30/18)
  • Donna Morris, Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce Member
  • Ruth-Ellen Post, Planning Board Member
  • Joel Desilets, Board of Selectmen Member
  • Jennifer Simmons, Board of Selectmen Alternate Member

Those interested in volunteering their time as a member of the Committee are encouraged to contact the Town Administrator.  

Public Information/Education

The Communications Subcommittee has been supplying press releases on topics of interest to the business and residential community, which are available below:






The Town of Windham is part of 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 information, click here.

2015 ERZ Designation

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.

Windham's Economic Development Strengths and Weaknesses

View the October 2, 2014 public power point presentation. You can also read the Economic Development Self-Assement Tool Reports from Northeastern University Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy.

November 2013 DRED Presentation

At the November 7, 2013 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.