Committees: Development and Industrial Commission
Development and Industrial Commission
The Development and Industrial Commission is established under MGL Chapter 40, Section 8A for the promotion and development of the industrial resources of the municipality. The commission "shall conduct researches into industrial conditions, investigate and assist in the establishment of educational or commercial projects, including projects involving private enterprise, for the purpose of expanding or strengthening the local economy, and shall seek to co-ordinate the activities of unofficial bodies organized for said purposes..". Hingham's commission was established in the early 60's and was very active and effective for many years. After a period of inactivity, it was revitalized in 1997.
Appointments are made by the Board of Selectmen. The commission consists of not less than five nor more than fifteen members. The term is five years.
2013 Annual Report
Hingham's dynamic business community is thriving. Our companies enjoy a unique proximity to Boston, a convenient transportation network, highly trained workforce, distinct neighborhoods, vibrant and diverse recreational amenities, and one of the best public school systems in the nation.
In 2013, the Development and Industrial Commission focused on three priority areas: 1) South Hingham Growth Opportunities 2) Downtown Revitalization, and 3) Investment in Partnerships.
South Hingham Economic Development
• The Commission, in coordination with the Planning Board, participated in the update of the Town's Master Plan. It contributed to the discussion of existing land use, zoning, tax revenue as well as economic development trends and conditions; particularly in south Hingham.
• The Commission hosted discussions with Aquarion Water Company to help it determine the economic benefits of further extending water infrastructure to South Shore Park and expanding the Town's water supply.
• Throughout 2013, the Commission, the Hingham Community Planning Department and property owners have worked closely to facilitate the redevelopment of South Shore Park. The Commission submitted a Warrant Article for Town Meeting 2014 to resolve technical and administrative issues with the 43D economic development application.
• Discussions with the owners of numerous properties in downtown Hingham that are in various stages of development. Updates were provided throughout the year on the status of the Lincoln Building in Hingham Square, the Walsh and Packard site on South Street, and the Settles Glass site on North Street. The Commission will continue to meet with these owners and others during 2014 to encourage and promote economic growth and development.
• Ongoing work for the HDIC in 2013 included: Developing Wayfaring Signage for the Town; affecting the change in MBTA service to include West Hingham Station; and finalizing the underground wiring connections and removal of the light posts on North Street between Station Street and the Harbor.
Invest in Partners
• The Development and Industrial Commission continues to support and work closely with the South Shore Chamber of Commerce, the Hingham Business Council, the Hingham Downtown Association, and the numerous property owners and businesses in Hingham.
• Continued longstanding support for the Hingham Farmer's Market. The HDIC is pleased that the Market continued to thrive and grow in 2013.
There are opportunities for economic growth in Hingham by redeveloping areas in South Hingham, the 3A corridor and in downtown.
Moving forward in 2014, HDIC will focus on developing an economic development vision and plan for the Town of Hingham to ensure that it remains a vibrant business community. This vision and plan will provide a roadmap for success in Hingham's future economic development. It will draw on the previous and current work of the Town Departments and Commissions, the South Shore Chamber of Commerce, as well as residents and business stakeholders. We will continue to work collaboratively with them to accomplish the vision and implement the plan. Economic development in general, and business retention, expansion, and attraction in particular, are vital to the growing prosperity and improvement in the quality of life of Hingham.
The Commission is very appreciative of the assistance of its dedicated members as well as the support of the many other Hingham Boards, Departments and Commissions. We would like to acknowledge and thank Mark Cullings, our most recent retiring commissioner, and Sue Sullivan, our immediate past chair, for their help has been critical to the achievement of the HDIC's goals. We also welcome the Commission's newest member, Scott Peterson.
We look forward to working closely with the community to strengthen the local economy, provide jobs, and expand the Town's tax base. The Commission usually meets at 7:00pm on the second Wednesday of each month in Town Hall, and the meetings are open to the public.
Greg Lane, Chair
Mary Ann Blackmur
Scott R. Peterson