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Lunenburg Forum’s All Business, and Your Ideas May Be Hired

November 4, 2017 GMT

LUNENBURG -- Have an idea for a business you’d like to see in town? What about thoughts on the future of Lunenburg? Town officials want to hear from you at a public discussion at Town Hall Monday.

A representative from the Montachusett Regional Planning Commission will be on hand to listen to residents comments and suggestions alongside public officials.

The goal of the forum, explained MRPC Planning and Development Director John Hume, is learn what types of businesses and events residents want to see in town to enhance economic development.

“We’re trying to figure out ways to make existing businesses in Lunenburg thrive, the town wants to find out what they can do to promote economic development to create jobs and retain businesses,” said Hume.

Hume will assist town officials free of charge thanks to the state-funded MRPC District Local Technical Assistance Program.

After the discussion Monday, which begins at 7 p.m. at Town Hall, Hume will use the comments from the public to write a “report on opportunities to generate economic development” in Lunenburg.

Hume said will present that report to the public at a meeting in December. He’ll revise the report based on the public’s feedback, then present a final list of recommendations to town officials as they seek to grow the economy in Lunenburg.

Everyone who attends the “interactive forum” on Monday will have the opportunity to share their ideas for the town’s future, said Hume.

“We don’t want to speak to the people, we want their input,” he said. “The purpose is not for the MRPC and Lunenburg local officials to express our thoughts, we want to hear from the public.”

By way of example, Hume said the city of Gardner, using the same MRPC guidance underway in Lunenburg, explored amending their zoning code and transportation system to encourage business development along Route 140.

Other communities have used MRPC guidance to encourage development with an eye toward environmental stewardship, he said.