Economic Development Commission

Economic Development Commission

(Twitter: @newtonecondev)

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 7:30 pm on the second Tuesday of each month in Room 204 of City Hall, and meetings are open to the public.

There will be no meeting of the EDC in August.  The next meeting will take place on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at 7:30 pm in Room 204, Newton City Hall.

Economic Development Commissioners

Stephen Feller (Chair)  -  Howard Barnstone (Vice-Chair)

Robert Finkel (Vice-Chair)  -  Joyce Plotkin (Secretary)

Janice Caillet  -  Barbara Couturtier  -  Jeremy Freid  -  G. Groot Gregory  -  Jane Ives  

Jack Leader  -  Peter Kai Jung Lew  -  Philip Plottel  -  Chuck Tanowitz


2015 Business Excellence Awards

Mayor Warren and the  Economic Development Commission (EDC) hosted its fourth annual Business Excellence Awards in October, 2015.

Congratulations to this year's award recipients
Newton Centre Village Business Award – Whole Foods @ Four Corners
Newton Centre Village Business Award – Johnny’s Luncheonette
Newton Highlands Village Business Award – O’Hara’s Food & Spirits
Newtonville Village Business Award – Cabots Ice Cream and Restaurant
Nonantum Village Business Award – West Street Tavern
West Newton Village Business Award – Harris Cyclery
Charles River Mill District Award– Fairlane Properties
N2 Corridor Award – SocialMadeSimple
Innovation Business Award – The Bulfinch Companies
Community Business Award – Newton-Wellesley Hospital
Destination Business Award – Jewish Community Center
Citizen Champion Award – Steven Feinstein
Certificate of Recognition – Newton Community Farm

          2015 Newton Business Award Recipients, Representatives from the Newton City Council,
Mayor Warren, and Economic Development Commissioners


2015 Annual Report - click here

EDC Letter of Support: 28 Austin Street, October 2015 - click here

EDC Letter of Support: MassChallenge, January 2015 - click here

etter Re: Economic Target Area application, October 2013 - click here

etter Re: Sidewalk Café Ordinance Amendment, March 8, 2013 - click here

EDC Letter Re: BioReady Community Status, June 14, 2012 - click here 

Guidelines for Addressing the Newton Economic Development Commission - click here

Meeting Agendas and Minutes
2016 Meeting Dates
December 13, 2016  
November 8, 2016    
October 11, 2016    
September 13, 2016    
August 9, 2016 Meeting Cancelled   
July 12, 2016 Agenda Minutes 
June 14, 2016 Agenda Minutes
May 10, 2016 Agenda Minutes
April 12, 2016 Agenda Minutes
March 8, 2016 Agenda Minutes
February 9, 2016 Meeting Cancelled  
January 12, 2016 Agenda Minutes




2015 Meeting Dates
December 8, 2015 Agenda Minutes
November 10, 2015 Agenda Minutes
October 13, 2015 Agenda Minutes
September 8, 2015 Agenda Minutes
August 11, 2015 Meeting Cancelled  
July 14, 2015 Agenda Minutes
June 9, 2015 Meeting Cancelled  
May 12, 2015 Agenda Minutes
April 14, 2015 Agenda Minutes
March 10, 2015 Agenda Minutes
February 10, 2015 Agenda Minutes
January 13, 2015 Agenda Minutes

Staff Contact
Nancy C. Hyde
Economic Development Director
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