The EDC generally meets on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at Town Hall in Conferece Room 1 at 7:00 p.m. The meetings are open to the public and the Agenda is filed with the Town Clerk. Click here for the Calendar of public meetings for the month (maintained by the I.T. Director).
Economic Development Commission Community Outreach
(October 24, 2015) The EDC had a table at the Friends of the Southwick Public Library Craft & Agricultural Fair held on October 24, 2015 at Town Hall. The new EDC banner was on display and information on events in town and an updated Restaurant List was distributed. (July 2016)The EDCprovided information on the town on July 26 during the Southwick Days Carnival on the grounds of the Southwick Recreation Center. This included a new updated Restaurant List,Events Brochure and more. Many area residents were not aware of the two new restaurants opening in the next 30 - 60 days in town or the new Rite AidPharmacy under construction on College Highway. This effort was a follow-on to the Annual Home & Business Show held in May.
(May 2014) The EDC sponsored and managed the 4th Annual Home & Business Show at Town Hall on May 3, 2014. This included sharing information on local events and the Restaurant List to attendees.
(April 6, 2013) The EDC had a table at the Home & Business Show at Town Hall and distributed information on restaurants in town, a list of golf courses and farm stands in town. In addition the public appreciated the updated Events brochure that was available. This information will also be available during the 14th Annual Fine Art Exhibition and Sale at Town Hall on May 4 and May 5 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. For more information click here or read the articles or ads in Southwoods Magazine, The Westfield News, the Southwick Suffield News or The Reminder.
(February 2013) Copies of the Events calendar brochure has been shared at the February meeting of the Westfield Non-Profit Network.
(February 2013) Copies of the Events calendar brochure and the Restaurant Listing was provided to members of the public attending the Southwick Cultural Council event at Town Hall.
(December 2012) Copies of the Events calendar brochure and the Restaurant List was shared with the public at the Cultural Council Celebrate the Season event at Town Hall.
(October 2012) During the performances by Southwick on Stage at Town Hall copies of the Events Calendar and the Southwick Restaurant list was available to the public. Also during the American Inn Craft Fair the Events Calendar and Restaurant List was available.
(September 30) Signs promoting the upcoming Southwick Daze are located at the Southwick Inn on College Highway at Granville Road as well as the intersection of College Highway and Feeding Hills Road. Several articles on Southwick Daze have been in recent issues of the Southwick SuffieldNews and The Westfield News.
(September 29) The EDC had a booth at the Westfield Colonial Fair on September 29, 2012 with information on Southwick. This included copies of the new Events/Activities in Southwick for the coming year (October 2012 - September 2013) as well as copies of the listing of all restaurants in town. Other information available included the October production of a Mouse Trap by "Southwick on Stage" and the brochure and map of the Southwick Rail Trail. More than 100 people received information during the day. Information on "Southwick Daze" was also available in addition to signs promoting the event.
(June 2012) Several copies of the 2012 U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Mass.Small Business Resource guide are available in the EDC information rack outside the Town Clerk's office at Town Hall. In addition a copy is available at the Reference Desk for in library use at the Southwick Public Library.
(April 2012) The Restaurant List which lists all of the restaurants was distributed at the Cultural Council Annual Fine Art Show at Town Hall.
(March 2012) The revised Restaurant List was distributed at the EDC Home & Business Show at Town Hall. Also copies of frequently used local and other government telephone numbers is available at outside the Town Clerk's office.
(December 2011) A large poster was displayed at the annual Celebrate the Season event at Town Hall on December 11, 2011. This event was sponsored by the Southwick Cultural Council and Southwick on Stage. Information onthe Southwick Cultural Council is available at www.southwickma.org/cultural . _____________________________________________________________________________
Thanks to the local business owners and town officials that attended the meeting on October 13, 2011. There was good information sharing and questions asked and answered during the session. We would also like to thank the media that attended including the Westfield News and Channel 22 WWLP .
Informal morning networking and briefing on College Highway project:
The Southwick Economic Development Commission on Thursday October 13, 2011 held a short information session on the College Highway construction project in the central part of the Town. This session is information sharing for the business community. It will be held at Town Hall from 8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
8:00 - 8:15 a.m. Informal conversation and coffee
8:15 a.m. Informal presentation
9:00 a.m. Back to the business of business
A representative from the Southwick Dept. of Public Works with information of what the overall project is and what it will look like when it is finished. There is no registration or cost to attend. Further details on this and other activities can be found at www.southwickma.info
(October 2011) In order to assist Southwick businesses with expanding their potential customer base the EDC was represented at the Westfield Colonial Harvest Day on September 25 with information distributed to the public listing the local golf courses, campgrounds and cultural activities as well as a restaurant list of all restaurants in town. At the Granville Harvest Fair October 8, 9, 10, 2011 the EDC again distributed the restaurant list and other information on Southwick including the Rail Trail, the Public Library and cultural activities. More than 350 copies of the restaurant list was distributed at these events. (April 2011) During the Southwick Cultural Council'sAnnual Art Show at Town Hall more than 100 copies of the restaurant list was distributed to the public as well as information on local golf courses, campgrounds and other cultural activities. ___________
In August 2011 the Southwick Board of Selectmen appointed Brenda LeDuc to the EDC to fill the position left vacant with the resignation of David Recoulle. She is a licensed real estate broker www.brendaleduc.com .
(Southwick) On June 17, 201 David Recoulle of Hillside Excavating & Septic Service resigned from the EDC after a number of years of service. He was elected to the Southwick Board of Assessors in the May 2011 elections.
(April 2011) During the Annual Art Show conducted by the Southwick Cultural Council at Town Hall more than 100 copies of the restaurant list was distributed to the public as well as information on local golf courses, campgrounds and other cultural activities. Home and Business Show February 5, 2011
The EDC held a Home and Business Show featuring local businesses and free and open to the public. For more information click here. Spaces have been sold out. The EDC plans on having the Show again on March 31, 2012.from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Additional information will be available on this website in January 2012. _____________________________________________________________________________
Proposed changes in the size and quantity of parking spaces in Town -Approved at the October 4, 2011 Special Town Meeting
The Planning Board on February 15, 2011 held a public hearing regarding potential changes in the size and number of parking spaces at commercial, industrial and other business use facilities in Southwick. During the October 4, 2011 Special Town Meeting one of the warrant articles will be the changes to the parking space bylaw. The entire Special Town Meeting warrant can be viewed on the town website at www.southwickma.org ..
Proposed changes in the Town Bylaws regarding signs.
An informal workshop was held on November 18, 2010 at Roma's Restaurant on College Highway to discuss the proposed changes to the Sign Bylaws in Southwick. The Planning Board has more information on this on the Town website including a downloadable copy of the proposed Bylaw. The Town website is www.southwickma.org
The Planning Board subcommittee is currently considering the comments from the above meeting. For more information contact the Planning Board.
(September 2011) The Planning Board conducted a public hearing on the proposed rules in September 2011. These proposed changes are not on the warrant for the Special Town Meeting on October 4, 2011.
(May 2012) The Planning Board has closed the public hearing on the proposed changes to the sign bylaws. the changes will be voted on by the public at the next Special Town Meeting in September/October 2012. For further information contact the Planning Board at Town Hall.
(July 2, 2012) The Board of Selectmen (BOS)at their July 2, 2012 meeting approved advancing the proposed Sign Bylaw changes to the next Special Town Meeting in the Fall of 2012.
(September 2012) A Special Town Meeting (STM) is scheduled for Wednesday October 10, 2012. The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the High School (96 Feeding Hills Road). Among the items on the Meeting Warrant is the revisions to the Sign Bylaws and the Parallel Sewer Line from Southwick to the sewer plant in Westfield. For more information contact the Plannning Board and Sewer Implementation Committee (SIC) or the Selectmens Office. ___________________________________________________________________________ The Economic Development Commission (EDC) held a special meeting on April 27, 2009 which brought together members of the business community as well as representatives from the Board of Zoning Appeals, Planning Board, Economic Development Commission, Open Space Committee, Board of Assessors, Southwick Cultural Council, the Board of Selectmen, Department of Public Works (DPW), Sewer Implementation Committee as well as other Town entities.
The business community was also represented including construction, recreation, personal service and other business interests. The Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) was also represented. An open question period included questions about the sewer expansion and the planned reconstruction of part of College Highway (Routes 10/202). Several members of the local media were also attended. Several organizations had handout material for the public including the Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce, USDA, the Southwick Cultural Council, the Planning Board and the Southwick Public Library. The meeting was open to all members of the Southwick business community as well as members of the various Boards, Commissions, etc. of the Town of Southwick. _______________________________________________________________
Members of the Economic Development Commission (Subject to reappointment annually):
Michael McMahon Chairman email
(April 27, 2017) The Southwick Select Board appointed Amber Bach a local real estate professional as a member of the Economic Development Commission. Serena Fuller a local insurance executive joined the Commission in 2016.
The Board of Selectmen appoint members of the Commission. Members receive no compensation from the Town of Southwick and have no paid staff. At this time the Commission has openings for interested residents. The time commitment is at minimum attending a monthly evening meeting. During the year based on other activities the organization conducts additional commitment of time is needed including the Annual Home & Business Show, etc.
The Commission meeting day has changed. The meeting date will be the third Wednesday of the month in Town Hall at 7:00 p.m. and meetings are open to the public. Meetings are generally held in Conference Room One which is located at the front of Town Hall. The agenda is filed with the Town Clark, on the Town website (www.southwickma.org) and posted at the rear entrance of Town Hall.
The next meeting will be in September. The Commission normally does not meet in July or August. For meeting dates check the calendar on the town website. The Agenda is available on the Town website calendar. ____________________________________________________________________
According to a report issued by the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (PVPC) there are 11,549 workers within a 15 minutes drive of Southwick. Within 30 minutes are 80,154 workers and within 45 minutes are 329,242. The report is called Workforce Access in the Pioneer Valley. The report can be accessed by clicking here.
A community development plan was developed by the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission in 2004 funded by the State of Mass. A copy of this document is available at the Southwick Public Library. It was developed in 2004.
Southwick is within the Knowledge Corridor an area consisting of greater Springfield (MA) and Greater Hartford (CT). For more information on the Knowledge Corridorclick here including highlights of the June 2012 meeting held in Enfield, CT attended by both CT and MA state and local officials.
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