Marshfield: Town and business leaders hold economic development forum

Marshfield town officials, along with several business leaders, held an economic development forum Wednesday night at The Proprietors Green, behind Roche Brothers off Route 139.

The five member panel facilitated what was basically a brainstorming session, on how go about fostering economic growth in Marshfield.

The group considers timing important, especially given the expansion of Route 139 and future development of Enterprise Park.

State Representative Jim Cantwell is on the economic development panel and said, “Right now we’re investing in infrastructure. We’re doing Route 139 – we’re doing the piers for our fisherman. We want to be supporting workforce training in our region, so that a business will come and say, ‘Well, if I have a ready-made workforce, I’ll come right here to Marshfield’ – hopefully to our Enterprise Park. Then we need to create the market and demand for services in this region, which was some of the things we discussed tonight, so this was a terrific first meeting and brainstorming session”.

Marshfield Town Administrator Rocco Longo is also on the panel and said the next step is to develop an action plan.

“Whether it’s economic development, or if it’s talking about the value of living in town or taking advantage of the beaches, this is an exciting place to be right now. We just have to wrap our arms around it and make it so that it can be some sort of productive process, so that we don’t just continue to talk about it. That’s the weakness that we heard tonight – that we talk a lot about these things, but we don’t do anything. But we heard in the audience as well, that we want to do something. What can we do? That’s the next step”, Longo said.

Marshfield Chamber of Commerce President Chris White, Selectman John Hall and Town Planner Paul Halkiotis are also on the economic development team.

The group plans to meet again, November 13.

About John Penny

John Penny is a town news reporter at WATD. He primarily covers stories in the towns of Marshfield, Cohasset, Scituate, Norwell, Hingham, Abington and Quincy.