The EDC was reactivated and members were jointly appointed by the Board of Selectman and the Planning Board on Oct 25, 2016. EDC to report to the Planning Board.
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MISSION STATEMENT (2-23-17)
- Promote and conserve commerce in and for Berlin’s business.
- Assist all businesses in understanding and complying with town regulations thereby streamlining the process.
- Support Solomon Pond and Highland Common malls to promote and preserve their tenant base.
- Represent the business community at the town level and increase communications between town officials and businesses.
- Create a forum for the sharing of ideas, resources and the development of educational programs to sustain Berlin’s long-term stability.
- Participate in regional meetings and forums related to economic development.
- Identify Federal, state and local programs which would be of benefit to the local business community or town government.
- Assist the Planning Board in implementing the Economic Development recommendations of the Master Plan.
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http://www.mytowngovernment.org/01503 (then click on Economic Development Committee)
|Chair||Peter Hoffman||May 31, 2019|
|Clerk||Nadine Ekstrom||May 31, 2019|
|Member||Paul Anderson||May 31, 2018|
|Member||Cornelia (Connie) Murphy||May 31, 2018|
|Member||Vacant||May 31, 2017|
To contact the Economic Development Committee, please email EDC@TownofBerlin.com
Nadine G. Ekstrom
Ms. Ekstrom is currently a doctoral student at UMASS Lowell for Research and Program Evaluation. Her graduate program was completed at Assumption College and undergraduate attained from Anna Maria College. Ms. Ekstrom is completing her fifth year as Superintendent of Schools for the Berlin-Boylston Public School System. Previously, she was an Interim Superintendent of Schools for the Gill-Montague Regional School District and a Director for Pupil and Personnel Student Services. Ms. Ekstrom is currently a resident in Boylston, Massachusetts with her husband and two daughters. She enjoys skiing, reading, and spending time with her family and friends.
Dr. Murphy is a four year resident of Berlin. For thirty years she owned and operated Essex County Rehabilitation Association Inc. (ECRA) in Salem and Gloucester, Massachusetts. Prior to opening ECRA she was chief of physical therapy at rehabilitation centers in Salem, Massachusetts and Atlantic City, New Jersey. Dr. Murphy earned her undergraduate degree from Emmanuel College in biology and chemistry, her Master’s degree in physical therapy from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, and her Doctorate in physical therapy from Simmons College in Boston. Since her retirement she spends her time traveling, reading and enjoying returning to Central Massachusetts and her family having grown up in Hudson.
Paul D. Anderson
Dr. Anderson is currently a Senior Vice President and Principal Scientist at Arcadis, an international environmental and construction management consulting firm where he helps his clients manage their environmental liabilities. He is also an adjunct professor at Boston University where he teaches a masters level course on human health risk assessment and environmental policy. Dr. Anderson earned his undergraduate degree from Boston University and graduate degrees from Harvard University. He and his wife have been Berlin residents since 1987. Their two daughters were born and raised in Berlin and currently live in the Boston area. In his spare time he enjoys fishing, reading, woodworking, gardening and hiking the local (and far away) hills and woods of Berlin and Central Massachusetts.
Prior to moving to Berlin in 2009, Mr. Hoffman was a nearly lifelong resident of Manhattan (NY). As an Electrical and Computer Engineering graduate of Clarkson University, Peter started his career in sales engineering. During his senior year in university, Mr. Hoffman made his first real estate investment having bought the rental he was living in during his Junior and Senior year. This investment evolved into a long-term and vibrant entrepreneurial and real estate career in addition to the work he does for the federal government. Today, he still has a presence in the same community by investing in dilapidated properties and renovating them into comfortable living spaces for university students. He lives with his longtime partner, Carol, and their three dogs. He enjoys beekeeping, skiing, flying, outdoor activities, sailing and frequent volunteer work where he makes a difference.
Berlin, MA Economic Development Committee
1. Appointments –
2. Review/discuss and approve minutes
3. SURVEY: review and discuss responses
4. Discuss – New England Sports Center re: advt findings
5. Discuss ways to attract business owners to attend EDC meetings (and perhaps which businesses to personally invite) so to streamline the ease of Being a Business in Berlin
6. Discuss Bolton EDC meeting (or others)
7. Choose next meeting date
8. New business
9. Future items
-Animal Hospital offer
-Prospective members: Mack Louh, Al Collinson and Gordon Miller
-Create To Do – Ideas list