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Economic Development
Director
In the spring of 2007, at a town meeting, it was approved adding a full-time economic development specialist to the Town’s municipal staff. In addition to serving as staff to the Council and supporting other established committees that are charged with developing and implementing short and long-term economic development strategies, the Economic Development Director:
  • Serves as economic development liaison to local, state and federal agencies and groups that offer programs that enhance municipal economic development
  • Provides assistance and support to local businesses when they interact with town departments
  • Coordinates and communicates activities of various business and economic development groups in town
  • Provides limited staff support to these groups where needed
  • Works with Town departments to streamline permitting or make changes to the regulatory environment if they are acting as barriers to appropriate business development
  • Maintains a real estate and business data base
  • Researches economic trends and targets appropriate industries and land uses

For permitting questions, please refer to the Needham Permitting Guide 2012.

Council of Economic Advisors
The Council of Economic Advisors was established by the Board of Selectmen in October 2005. It is charged with six general tasks relating to the promotion of economic development in Needham:
  • Study, investigate, and appraise town-wide economic conditions and trends
  • Promote, assist, and encourage the preservation, development and location of new and existing industry, business, and commerce
  • Assist the town in attracting the preferred mix of goods, services, housing, recreation, and entertainment in the appropriate districts
  • Make recommendations on improving permitting and licensing functions in the town
  • Evaluate and advise the town on ideas for zoning changes that will improve the economic vitality of the town
  • Advise and make recommendations to appropriate officials, agencies, boards, and town departments on issues of economic development

Members
  • Peter Atallah
  • Matthew Borrelli 
  • Glen Cammarano 
  • Bill Day
  • Elizabeth Grimes 
  • Maurice Handel 
  • Robert Hentschel 
  • Bruce Herman 
  • Tom Jacob
  • Marty Jacobs
  • Brian Nadler
  • Janet O'Connor 
  • Mathew Talcoff
  • Michael Wilcox 

Devra Bailin
Economic Development Director
Email

500 Dedham Ave.
Needham, MA 02492

Ph: 781-455-7550 ext 213
Fx: 781-453-2510

Hours
Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.