Wareham leaders host state's economic development secretary

Apr 12, 2017
Courtesy of: Rep. Susan Williams Gifford Town leaders with Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash on April 7. From left: Jay Ash, Director of Planning & Community Development Kenneth Buckland, Town Administrator Derek Sullivan, State Rep. Susan Williams Gifford and Selectmen Chair Peter Teitelbaum.

Local leaders touted Onset Village, the Tremont Nail Factory and a booming West Wareham as development highlights when a high level state official visited on April 7.

State Rep. Susan Williams Gifford (R-Wareham) and town officials welcomed Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash when he visited Wareham that day. During Ash’s visit, he and officials discussed ways to grow the local economy and identify resources that are available from the state to achieve that goal.

Gifford, along with Town Administrator Derek Sullivan, Selectman Chair Peter Teitelbaum and Director of Planning & Community Development Kenneth Buckland, toured town with Ash to showcase some of its economic successes, assets and areas under consideration for improvement.

Buckland said that several local initiatives were brought to Ash’s attention.

“We were able to introduce him to some key areas of our community; the West Wareham industrial parks and new retail centers, Main Street, the Tremont Nail Factory, Onset Village and the Cranberry Highway corridor,” said Buckland. “I felt very heartened to hear the town is on the right track for redevelopment and revitalization.”

Selectmen Chair Teitelbaum said he was optimistic after the tour.

“I was particularly happy to hear his thoughts on revitalizing the Tremont Nail Factory property, and that his vision for the property was so similar to what we have heard from our advisors,” said Teitelbaum.

Looking ahead, Gifford said she felt encouraged for Wareham’s future, particularly in regard to transportation issues.

“I see some real hope in moving some of Wareham’s legislative agenda forward, specifically in regard to the extension of regular commuter rail service to Wareham, Chapter 40B reform and the Route 6 and 28 Cranberry Highway reconstruction project,” Gifford said. “I believe he will work with us in every way possible to help us achieve some of our economic development and housing goals.”

Comments (6)
Posted by: Snowman | Apr 12, 2017 12:22

"commuter rail service to Wareham, Chapter 40B reform and the Route 6 and 28 Cranberry Highway reconstruction project,” Gifford said".

This is good news from our Town and State Leaders.  Good Job!

Keep driving momentum through positive exposure like this and making sure that our agenda here in Wareham gets it's fair share of visibility on Beacon Hill.



Posted by: totellthetruth | Apr 12, 2017 21:54

Ms. Gifford: Are you forgetting about your 20 yr old Campaign promise; To get Warehams Mobile Homes counted as affordable Housing ???????



Posted by: Spherebreaker | Apr 13, 2017 07:41

If the States House and Senate were not full of Liberals she would have had it done long ago



Posted by: Chaka | Apr 14, 2017 21:17

I'm a liberal and I want it done . Why would liberals be against it?



Posted by: Chaka | Apr 14, 2017 21:18

I'm a liberal and I want it done . Why would liberals be against it?



Posted by: Spherebreaker | Apr 16, 2017 06:08

Because if it were done the free market and personal choice would would determine who went where. The liberal establishment would not be able to staff another bloated office with hacks to monitor and regulate who went where. There would be no need for the same hacks to get control of State and federal funds to build new low income projects, they cannot be trusted with a penny nevermind millions of dollars.



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