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 6:30 pm on the second Tuesday of each month in Room 204 of City Hall, and meetings are open to the public. Meeting rooms and times do change on occasion, so please check the agenda posted. 

Economic Development Commissioners

Philip Plottel (Chair) - Jean Wood (Vice-Chair)

Debora Jackson (Secretary)

  Howard Barnstone - Stephen Feller - Robert Finkel - Jeremy Freid -  

Jack Leader - Marcela Merino - Beth Nicklas -  

Joyce Plotkin - Sarah Rahman - Matt Segneri - Chuck Tanowitz 


Annual Report

EDC Documents

  • June 9, 2020 - Ideas for Recovery Plan for Newton Businesses - Click Here
  • March 11, 2020 - Riverside Letter of Support - Click Here
  • September 11, 2019 - Northland Letter - Click Here
  • January, 2019 - Economic Development Action Plan
    for the City of Newton - Click Here 
    - For more information, please visit the Economic Development Strategy web page located here 
  • October 2, 2015 - Austin Street Letter of Support - Click Here
  • January 26, 2015 - MassChallenge Letter of Support - Click Here
  •  Guidelines for Addressing the Newton Economic Development Commission - Click Here
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