Council of Economic Advisors


  • Adam Block, Chair
  • Bill Day
  • Lise Elcock
  • Heidi Frail
  • Dan Goodman
  • Jeremy Halpern
  • Robert Hentschel
  • Adam Meixner
  • Richard Putprush
  • Mathew Talcoff
  • Michael Wilcox
  • Vacant - Rep. of a large Needham business
  • Vacant - Rep. of a Needham Center business 
  • Vacant - At-Large Residents (2)

General Purpose

The Council of Economic Advisors was established by the Select Board 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.