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The Town of Wells has historically had an economy based in tourism. While that continues to be the largest economic driver, the increasing year-round population has a demand for business services as well. With no staff dedicated to economic development, a committee will serve as a much-needed resource of expert guidance on how to best support the current and future business community of Wells.
The Select Board hereby authorizes the establishment and appointment of a nine (9) member advisory committee to WEDAC to develop a five-year strategic plan for economic development.
Select Board will appoint WEDAC members from the following categories:
1 Select Board member
1 Chamber of Commerce member
1 Non-profit sector member
1 Hospitality services member
1 Retail services member
1 Professional services member
1 Development community member
1 Water-front industry member
1 Property services member (electrical, landscaping, plumbing, etc.)
2 Business community at-large members
1 Resident member
Committee to be assisted, as needed, by: Town Manager, Town Engineer, Town CEO, and Town Attorney
Business members must have controlling interest in or be a decision maker of a business that is in the Town of Wells. The Chamber of Commerce member needs to be a member of the Wells Chamber of Commerce. The non-profit sector member needs to be the director of or on the board of a non-profit that serves the Town of Wells. Should no candidates seek membership from any of the above-mentioned sectors, the Select Board shall fill that seat with an additional at-large member. In doing so, the Board shall seek a diverse representation of business types.
The Committee is charged with developing and presenting to the Select Board a five-year strategic economic development plan. This plan should include, at a minimum, a complete S.W.O.C. analysis of the business environment in Wells, business community support goals, areas of interest to explore for attracting new business, and ideas for extending the tourism season.
Email the Larissa Crockett, Town Manager or call 207-646-5113 for more information