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Area Residents Invited To Participate In Regional Economic Development Strategy Meeting

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The Northern Middlesex Council of Governments (NMCOG) is seeking public input for the Greater Lowell Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) funded by the U.S. Economic Development Administration.

When complete, the Greater Lowell CEDS will summarize the economic resources of the region, establish an economic development vision for Greater Lowell, identify goals, and establish a regional Five-Year Action Plan with priority projects to foster continued economic growth and vitality.

The CEDS must also incorporate the concept of economic resilience, e.g the ability to withstand and recover from economic shifts, natural disasters, and the impacts of climate change.  Regions must update their CEDS every five years to qualify for EDA assistance under the Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance programs. 

The development of the CEDS document is guided by grassroots public input and stakeholder feedback. 

The Town of Tewksbury and NMCOG and will be hosting a Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT) analysis at the Tewksbury Public Library on Tuesday, January 21 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM to receive input from business owners, residents, workers, local officials and property owners.

Your participation will help shape regional projects and priorities that benefit every Greater Lowell community. A highly inclusive process is vital to the creation of a relevant and effective document.

This SWOT session is one of three sessions that NMCOG is holding across the region to receive public input, with an additional session scheduled on February 4, 2020 at the Chelmsford Police Department Community Room from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.  

 

More information can be found at www.nmcog.org/ceds.  If you have questions or require additional information, please contact Jeff Owen, Regional Planner, at [email protected].

 

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