The PEDC, with the unanimous endorsement of the Town Council, has put forth the Seven Imperatives for economic development within Portsmouth.

The PEDC recently gave the 2012 Annual Report to the Portsmouth Town Council.

The important points to take away from this annual report are:

The PEDC is starting the process to update the Economic Development Section (EDS) of the Town Comprehensive Community Plan (TCCP).

The entire TCCP will be updated under the supervision of the Town Administrator and under the direction of the Town Planner.

The update of the EDS will include the goals, policies and implementation of the economic development activities that will guide the town for several years to come.

This is a vitally important process that needs to be done: in an open fashion, with input from many people, all ideas need to be examined, and consensus developed for the activities with the best return on investment for the town.

While writing the EDS, The PEDC will propose a town vision statement and the Director of Business Development will write and execute a marketing plan to promote current business in town.

Once the EDS is completed, it will delineate a list of “desirable” businesses that we want to attract to town to improve upon the current commercial tax base.

While these activities are on-going, the PEDC proposes an examination of the process on how new businesses get started and encourage efforts to streamline the process to make it more efficient for them.

Links to the 2012 Annual Report are on the Town web site and the PEDC web site listed below.



We encourage residents of Portsmouth to join the PEDC or the Strategic Planning Subcommittee of the PEDC.   Applications are at the Town Clerk's office.

For more information, contact Ray Berberick at rberberick@portsmouthriedc.com or call at 682-2007.

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PEDC January 19, 2013 at 03:05 AM
Here is a link to Portsmouth This Week for January 18th, 2013. A 30 minute show with more details and information about the Seven Imperatives. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nq10_oNV5dY&feature=youtu.be
East side January 19, 2013 at 11:22 PM
So the PEDC is essentially starting a business plan for Portsmouth? At least it's starting to make sense.
PEDC January 22, 2013 at 09:53 PM
To the residents of Portsmouth: We are looking for new members for the PEDC. We have just started the process to update the Economic Development Section of the Town Comp Plan. There are several other actions we have proposed to help the town economically as well. We need about six more good people to help us in our efforts. Applications to join the PEDC are at the Town Clerk's Office. Please consider joining us as we will be writing plans that will affect the town for several years to come.
PEDC January 23, 2013 at 02:29 PM
Could use some good help. Contact me at 682-2007.
PEDC January 26, 2013 at 05:48 PM
To all Portsmouth residents. We have asked members of AIPC, AIRIA and Preserve Portsmouth to give the PEDC short briefings and guidance regarding input for the EDS of the TCCP. If you have input or ideas on what should be in the EDS, the meetings are open and you are welcome to attend on Wednesday, February 20th at 6 pm in the Portsmouth Room in the Town Hall.


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