Economic Development

Regional Economic Strategy Committee (RESC)

The Regional Economic Strategy Committee (RESC) meets regularly at SRPEDD to discuss timely economic development trends and projects, to share insights among professionals, and to hear presentations from numerous regional partners. The RESC is also responsible for working with SRPEDD staff to update the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). This meeting of state and federal officials, chamber of commerce directors, college and university representatives, and professionals from the fields of planning, finance, real estate, and utilities is open to the public – and open to innovative ideas that benefit the region’s economy.

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Chapter 43D

Streamlining permitting processes for priority economic development projects.

Local Business and Marketing Guides

Showcasing the local business development opportunities and markets available within our towns.

Business Park Development

Enabling job creation through access to necessary infrastructure in our region's commercial parks.

Redevelopment Plans

Enabling job creation through access to necessary infrastructure in our region's commercial parks.


RESC Members

MEMBER Affiliation  
Alan Slavin Wareham  
Carmen Aguilar Bristol Community College  
Catherine Feerick City of Attleboro  
Chris McMillan    
Christine Joiner TACC  
Deborah Melino-Wender Dartmouth  
Debra Beavin EDA  
Derek Santos NBEDC  
Dick Shafer Taunton  
Holly McNamara Selectman, Town of Somerset  
Ben Jones UMASS Dartmouth  
Jack Lank United COC  
Janis Akerstrom Middleborough CED Director  
Jay Pateakos MassDevelopment SE  
Jennifer Menard Bristol Community College  
Jim Walsh Carver  
Kara Griffin Tri-Town COC  
Ken Buckland Wareham
Ken Fiola Fall River ED
Lloyd Mendes Somerset
Maureen Candito Lakeville
Lyle Pirnie Manager of Economic Development, North Attleboro
Mary Ellen DeFrias MassDevelopment
Mayor Paul Coogan Fall River
Mayor Jon Mitchell New Bedford
Mayor Paul Heroux Attleboro
Mayor Shaunna O'Connell Taunton
Michael Lorenco Mattapoisett
Patrick Sullivan New Bedford
Paul Foley Fairhaven
Representative Bill Straus  
Rick Kidder New Bedford Chamber of Commerce
Robert Rezendes Bristol Community College Taunton
Shelley Cardoos South Coast
Susan Murray SEED
Tracey Costa
Tracy Marzelli Middleborough
Valerie Glynn Cranberry Country
President Wheaton College
Bill Roth Taunton ED

Past Meeting Documents