TEDC's Mission: To develop a strategy for the retention, growth and attraction of businesses in Tamworth.
It has taken several years for the Economic Development Commission to evolve. It began as a sub-committee of the Master Plan, a small group of dedicated citizens and business leaders who recognized the paramount need to help grow the businesses in Tamworth by providing tools that would also be beneficial to new entities interested in our area.
“A happy and healthy community is not a fairytale. All you need is a seed.”
Eventually, directed by a large majority of those who returned the Master Plan survey, the Planning Board formally requested that the Board of Selectmen appoint a group of people who would dedicate their efforts toward the further economic development of our town, and the Tamworth Economic Development Commission (TEDC) was born. TEDC commissioners meet on the second Tuesday of every month and are constantly exploring new paths that can be taken to accomplish our goal of supporting local businesses and encouraging new business growth. The public is welcome to attend these meetings as well. See below for accomplishments that have taken place so far. And, stay tuned for more!
Our Mission, defined
The Commission is charged with:
• Conducting an assessment of the existing business base of the town, including the types of businesses, employment base, and residence of employees.
• Identifying the specific types of businesses that match the character of the town and skill levels of residents.
• Making realistic recommendations about what the town can do to grow its existing business base; retain existing businesses and attract new businesses to the town.
• Developing a strategy for high-speed Internet access in Tamworth.
• Coordinating town economic development activities with surrounding towns and appropriate regional and state resources.
TEDC wants to encourage the development of new business among those entrepreneurs living in our town. To that end, we are gathering potential finance resource information on a local, state and federal level that may prove helpful to certain kinds of start-up enterprises. We have met with representatives of NH Economic Development who have asked us to come up with three or four suggested businesses that would be ideal in our town, keeping in mind our natural resources…lots of wood here!...our rural setting, and the strengths of our workforce. Please contact us if you have an idea you would like to explore so we can connect you with appropriate development resources.
Strengthening Local Business
After TEDC was formed, its primary focus was to grow and strengthen existing Tamworth businesses, and undertook three projects to accomplish this goal. The first was to make visitors aware of the various offerings they can find here. Our fresh-off-the-presses brochure and rack cards, strategically placed where visitors will find them, will help those businesses dedicated to the tourist trade…lodging, dining, gifts, museums, nature trails, amusements, etc.
Our second project was to promote local businesses and services to those most likely to use them -- other Tamworthians. With this in mind, we sought to categorically list every business in town, along with appropriate contact information, so we all can easily refer either to this handy, efficient list on our website or, very soon, to the hard copy we will make available to every household in town. We hope that whenever any of us needs a product or service, we will first look to THE LIST and Keep it Local!
For our third project. We took all of the information we gathered for the brochure, rack cards and business list and put them on a website, easily accessible by locals and visitors alike. That site has now been passed on to the newly formed Tamworth Visitors Council (TVC), which evolved out of the TEDC to bring together the many tourism-oriented businesses in our community. Their mission is to create special events and cooperative marketing opportunities for those businesses. www.tamworthusa.com
If you are a business interested in re-locating to Tamworth, or are an individual who would like to be a part of the commission or a volunteer at one of our events, please contact Pat Farley for more information.