Economic Development Council

The economic landscape of our region is changing. Amherst and other first ring suburbs are experiencing a shift to a preference for work environments among office tenants and workers to our urban core. As a Suburban Chamber with a Regional Vision, we are committed to creating a Community Development Plan that will provide a blueprint for adaptive re-use of underutilized or outdated properties.

Goals and Objectives

  • To review current status of town’s economic status as it relates to employment, building vacancies and job creation.
  • To develop consensus for need for in-fill projects that may increase parcel density.
  • To discuss and decide upon reasonable incentive policies to reach goals.
  • To work with regional economic development agencies to promote our findings and instigate investment.
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2017 Economic Development Council

Mary Grace Welch
Chair
National Grid

Tom Bamrick
Ingram Micro

Rich Cahlstadt
M&T Bank

Pionne Corbin
GEICO

Jeff Lehrbach
McGuire Development Co., LLC

Dave Mingoia
Amherst IDA

Jesse Wendell
WENDEL

Mickey Zablonski
NOCO Energy

Laura Zaepfel
Uniland Development Company

Workforce Development Task Force

Pionne Corbin
Co-Chair
GEICO

Tom Bamrick
Co-Chair
Ingram Micro

This Task Force will review current workforce development programs in the region and reach out to employers to determine the value of these programs. Based on those results, the Task Force will either create a Program of Work that responds to the findings and/or serve as a marketing agent and portal for our employers seeking workforce resources.

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