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Residents Can Weigh in on Development

September 7, 2018

By Mina Corpuz

mcorpuz@sentinel andenterprise.com

ASHBURNHAM -- A survey that seeks to hear from people who live and work in town will help guide the town’s business and economic development future.

“We really want to be able to inquire with residents, employees, and people who work in town,” said Town Administrator Heather Budrewicz. “We really would like to encourage anyone to participate.”

The online survey has 20 questions that ask demographic information, strengths and challenges in town, and what kind of commercial development should be encouraged in Ashburnham. The survey can be found on the town’s homepage at www.ashburnham-ma.gov .

There is also a portion for those taking the survey to write-in ideas for economic development.

As of Wednesday afternoon, 40 people have completed the survey, Budrewicz said, adding that it will be open until the end of September.

“It represents another avenue to engage people,” she said. “It’s a way they can participate and make their voices heard.”

Budrewicz hopes the survey gives under represented populations like high school-aged and college students a chance to say what they want to see in town moving forward.

It will also help Ashburnham update its Master Plan, which sets goals for the town’s future in areas including economic development, housing, and infrastructure.

The survey will help develop the economic development portion of the Master Plan, she said. Last fall the Planning Board and Economic Development Commission began working with the Montachusett Regional Planning Commission on that section.

Last year the town applied for a DLTA state grant that assists with local projects, Budrewicz said. Through the MRPC Ashburnham will receive help to develop a new plan.

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