Economic Development Committee

The Somerset Economic Development Committee is an advisory group that exists to improve the economic condition of local residents and businesses and to enhance the community’s quality of life as a whole. It will do this by attracting new businesses and industry, by retaining and making it convenient to expand existing businesses and industry, and by improving business conditions that enhance entrepreneurial activity. It will also recognize those individuals and businesses who have contributed to the community by making it a better place to live.

Areas of Committee Focus:

  • Business relations/promotion/information clearing house
  • Grant acquisition support
  • Finance availability assistance
  • Special/Specific projects such as Route 6, Slade’s Ferry Crossing, Wilbur Avenue land development, Montaup and Brayton Point transition
  • Awards and recognition

Key Measures of Success [Our Vision]

  • Added revenue through an increased tax base, grants, etc.
  • Maintenance of full town services as revenue allows, such as schools, police, fire, highway, water/sewer, recreation, library and municipal government.
  • Additional improved quality of life factors obtained from the conveniences provided by more local jobs, retail establishments, restaurants, medical and professional facilities, a modern hotel and recreational / entertainment venues.

Please call the Town Hall for immediate requests for information. 508-646-2800


Route 138 Opportunity Study, For The Community of Somerset, MA

Prepared by SRPEDD

The goal of this study is to re-imagine the Route 138 Corrdior in Somerset. Route 138 is ideally situated to enable the evolution of the type of walkable, activated commercial center destinations envisioned by the community. The town asked SRPEDD to perform an analysis of the existing corridor to set the groundwork for future transformation. To gain a snapshot of the corridor today, SRPEDD considered a number of conditions related to economic deveopment, including land use, zoning, infrastructure availability, and vacancy status. SRPEDD then went beyond an analysis of the commercial corridor to explore connections to the surrounding residential context, including barriers to pedestrian connectivity, high crash intersections, the presence or absence of pedestrian and cyclist infrastructure, and localized environmental considerations. The final stage of this analysis considered three sites that combine high poential for site opportunity and neighborhood connectivity as key locations for enlivening the corridor. For these sites, SRPEDD explored future development design scenarios that is reflective of viable attractive, and pedestrain-friendly commerical development. In addition, the report also provides examples of streetscape principles that can be implemented to achieve the desired town center aesthetics, including the use of street trees, banners, signage, facade improvements, and lighting. Somerset's commerical district is competing with neighboring communities to attract shoppers and visitors. Our hope is that this analysis assists the community in highlighting its existing assets in such a way that the Route 138 corridor becomes its own unique destination.

Route 138 Opportunity Study:

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Board Members

Name Title
Joseph Bednarik Chair
Lloyd Mendes Vice-Chair
Arthur Gauthier Member
Sharron Machamer Member
Steven McNally Member
Joyce Mello Member
Francis Thomas Member
Lori Belché Member