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October 3, 2012

Methuen mayor meets with business leaders

Mayor Steve Zanni was joined by several leaders in the local business community to discuss how Methuen can better support existing businesses, while also attracting new ones. This meeting was a step by the Zanni administration, which said it wantted to make Methuen more business-friendly.

“I try to get out into the community as much as possible to speak directly with business owners,” said Zanni. “But I wanted to gather this group together to begin looking at ways the City can make it easier for our businesses to operate.”

Zanni, who described the group as a Strategic Economic Development Advisory Committee that will meet quarterly, said that this is a great way to bring business owners together with local, regional, state, and federal officials.

“This meeting wasn’t just an isolated gathering,” explained Zanni. “I sought their input because these people are invested in the success of Methuen, and I want their help in reaching out to the broader business community to gather input.”

Zanni said he tasked the group with gathering information on what obstacles exist to business owners as they try to establish themselves or expand their operation.

“I think this is a great initiative by the Mayor and the City,” said Dennis DiZoglio, Executive Director of the Merrimack Valley Planning Commission. “It is an opportunity to engage local businesses and get our ideas out there on improving our local economy. I’m very excited.”

Zanni’s advisory committee includes: William Buckley, the city’s Community Development Director; Victor Ciardiello, a local business executive; Nancy Colbert Puff, Zanni’s chief of staff; John Cook, President of Comfort Home Care; Dennis DiZoglio, Executive Director of the Merrimack Valley Planning Commission; Dan Giuffrida, owner of Jay Gees Ice Cream; Brian Martin, Senior Advisor in the Office of Congresswoman Niki Tsongas; Janet McLennan, owner of Century 21 McLennan & Co.; Peter Milano, Senior Regional Director of the MA Office of Business Development; Thomas Quine, President of Northstar Industries; and Lester Schindel, President of Holy Family Hospital.

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