Economic Development Committee

Committee Meetings

The Economic Development Committee currently meets from 3 to 4:30pm on the third Wednesday of the month. Please check the minutes and agendas page for the next meeting announcement.

Minutes and Agendas

EDC Members

Armand Diarbekirian, Chair
Kate Hogan, State Representative (Ex-Officio Member)

Sarah Cressy, At-large Member, Secretary

Mike Stevens, Select Board Representative

Christopher Arsenault, Planning Board Representative

Katheryn Cormier, At-large Member

Linda Holt, Finance Committee Representative
Rich Pepin, At-large Member

Mark Pesce, At-large Member

Sarah Pryputniewicz, At-large Member

 Steve Smith, At-large Member
Lynda Thayer, At-large Member

William Thornley, At-large Member 



Bill Nemser, Planning Director

Steve Silverstein, Executive Director OMS

The purpose of the Town of Maynard Economic Development Committee (MEDC), which was formed in 2014 to enhance and broaden the local economy, is to advise the Town Administrator on matters related to economic development.


Its stated mission is. " To expend. and strengthen Maynard's economic character, including its walkable Downtown, by fostering business and housing development opportunities consistent with the goals of the Master Plan and Economic Development Principles and support existing businesses, creation of new employment and business opportunities and attracting new investments."   


The Committee is responsible for

  • Collaborating with Town Administrator to articulate an economic development vision for the Town
  • Developing collaborative relationships with Town Departments, Boards, committees, and other partners. For example:
    • Select Board
    • Planning Board
    • Parking Authority
    • FinCom
    • Cultural Council/District
    • Maynard Business Alliance
    • Others, as needed
  • Conceptualizing the infrastructure necessary for economic development programs and creating pilot programs or demonstrating proof-of-concept for economic developments initiatives

The EDC's individual committee member is expected to:

  • Be an ambassador for the Town's economic development vision
  • Leverage connections, networks, and resources to develop collective action to fully achieve the Committee's goals
  • Prepare for, attend, and conscientiously participate in Committee meetings
  • Participate fully in at least one sub-committee
  • Read background material such as Master Plan, Economic Development Principles, and other materials as-needed
  • Identify sub-committee participants and future Committee members

Retail and Restaurant Guide

Download our Retail and Restaurant Guide (PDF).Retail and Restaurant Map

Reference Material for Economic Action Plan