Economic Development Commission

Economic Development Commission


The Economic Development Commission was established by City ordinance with a mission to promote and develop business and industry for the purpose of strengthening the local economy, providing jobs, and expanding the City's tax base. The Commission promotes, assists, and encourages existing and new business, industry, and commerce in Newton and advises and makes recommendations to City officials and staff. The Commission usually meets at 7:30pm on the second Tuesday of each month in Room 209 of City Hall, and meetings are open to the public. The next meeting will take place on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 in Room 209 at City Hall.

Economic Development Commissioners

Christopher Steele (Chair)  •  Darryl Settles (Vice Chair)  •  Janice Caillet (Secretary) 
Howard Barnstone  •  Daphne Collins  •  Barbara Couturtier  •  Stephen Feller
Robert Finkel  • Jane Ives  •  Jack Leader  •  Peter Kai Jung Lew
John R. A. Pears  •  Joyce Plotkin  •  Philip Plottel  • David Swanson

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Third Annual Business Excellence Awards

The Economic Development Commission hosted the Third Annual Business Excellence Awards night on Monday, October 20, 2014.  This program is designed to recognize businesses, individuals, and organizations who have contributed to and expanded the vitality of the City’s village centers, advanced business attraction, and improved the overall economic development of the City.

Current Projects and Documents
  • Small Business Support and Village Vitality Subcommittee - focuses on policies and outreach to assist existing business owners, revitalize village centers, and promote Newton's thriving business community.
  • Business Attraction Subcommittee - focuses on identifying and targeting industries and business sectors, regional partnerships, existing medium/large company growth, and the BioReady Communities program.
  • Guidelines for Addressing the Newton Economic Development Commission - click here
  • EDC letter re: Economic Target Area application, October 2013 - click here
  • EDC letter re: Sidewalk Cafe Ordinance Amendment, March 8, 2013 - click here
  • EDC letter re: BioReady Community Status, June 14, 2012 - click here
Meeting Agendas and Minutes

Meeting Date Agenda Minutes

December 9, 2014

November 18, 2014

Agenda

Audio

October 14, 2014

Agenda

Minutes

September 30, 2014

Agenda

Minutes

September 9, 2014

Agenda

Minutes

August 12, 2014

Meeting Cancelled

July 8, 2014

Agenda

Minutes

June 10, 2014

Agenda

Minutes

May 13, 2014

Agenda

Minutes

April 16, 2014

Agenda

Minutes

March 11, 2014

Agenda

Minutes

February 11, 2014

Agenda

Minutes

January 14, 2014

Agenda

Minutes

Meeting Date Agenda Minutes

November 12, 2013

 Agenda

Minutes

October 8, 2013

 Agenda

Minutes 

September 10, 2013

Agenda

Minutes 

August 13, 2013

Meeting Cancelled 

n/a

July 9, 2013

 Agenda

Minutes 

 June 11, 2013

 Agenda

Minutes 

 May 14, 2013

 Agenda

Notes

April 9, 2013 Joint Meeting with Long-Range Planning Committee of the Board of Aldermen

 Agenda

Minutes 

March 14, 2013

 Agenda

Minutes

February 12, 2013

Agenda

Minutes

     January 8, 2013      

Agenda

Minutes 

Meeting Date Agenda Minutes

December 11, 2012

Agenda

Minutes

November 13, 2012

Agenda

Minutes

October 9, 2012

Agenda

Minutes

September 11, 2012

Agenda

Minutes

August 13, 2012   

Agenda

Notes

July 10, 2012

Agenda

Minutes

June 12, 2012

Agenda 

Minutes

 May 8, 2012    

Agenda

Minutes

 April 10, 2012

Agenda

Minutes

 March 8, 2012

  Agenda    

Minutes

 February 16, 2012

Agenda

Minutes 

 January 10, 2012

Agenda

Minutes 

Meeting Date Agenda Minutes

December 13, 2011

Agenda

Minutes

November 8, 2011

Agenda

Minutes

October 11, 2011

Agenda

Minutes

September 13, 2011

Agenda

Minutes

August 9, 2011   

Agenda

Minutes

July 12, 2011

Agenda

Minutes

June 14, 2011

Agenda 

Minutes

 May 10, 2011    

Agenda

Notes

 April 12, 2011

Agenda

Minutes

 March 8, 2011

    Agenda    

Notes

 February 8, 2011

Agenda

Report

 January 11, 2011

Agenda

Notes 

Annual Reports to the Board of Aldermen

EDC Annual Report 2013
EDC Annual Report 2012
EDC Annual Report 2011
EDC Annual Report 2010
EDC Annual Report 2006
EDC Annual Report 2005
EDC Annual Report 2004
EDC Annual Report 2003
EDC Annual Report 2002

Staff Contact
Nancy C. Hyde
Economic Development Director
617-796-1122
nhyde@newtonma.gov