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Downtown Development Commission
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To encourage economic revitalization within a context of historic preservation, community involvement and activities, a strong identity and tourism. The commission shall undertake, but not be limited to, the following activities:

  1. Examine and evaluate conditions on an ongoing basis
  2. Propose and promote physical improvements
  3. Coordinate public and private efforts
  4. Encourage - in cooperation with the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce - a creative marketing plan, coordinated advertising, promotions, and special events
  5. Promote the establishment of new businesses
  6. Encourage the establishment of special committees composed of municipal officials, bankers, merchants, industrialists, preservationists, chamber of commerce officials, downtown residents, design professionals, developers, real estate brokers, and others concerned with downtown
  7. Promote and encourage the proper mix of goods, services, housing, recreation, and entertainment
  8. Coordinate - through the Community Development Department - the activities related to downtown of the Historical Commission, the Historic District Commission, the Waterways Commission, the  Planning Board, the Tourism Commission, the Economic Development and Industrial Corporation, the Redevelopment Authority, and the Housing Authority

The Commission has 9 members each serving a 3-year term.

Agendas & Minutes

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Last Name
First Name
To Expire
Gates Patricia 48 Main Street

February 14, 2021
Kolenda Walt 82 Main Street 978-395-7077 February 14, 2020
Whitmarsh, Jr.
Robert K.
2 Blueberry Lane

February 14, 2022
Giacalone Joseph 16 Gould Court  
February 14, 2021
53 Grapevine Road

February 14, 2020
Councillor Cox  Melissa City Council Rep      

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