Economic Development Advisory Committee

Past Members

  • Robert Ross, Board of Directors and Past President
    Florence Civic and Business Association
  • Alexander Simon, Chief Marketing Officer
    Logic Trail Strategic Marketing Initiative
  • Suzanne Beck, Executive Director
    Greater Northampton Chamber of Commerce
  • Steve Vogel, Founder
    Faces Inc.
  • Andrew Crystal, LEED AP
    Vice President, O'Connell Development Group
  • Jim Neill, Marketing Director
    Iron House Entertainment Group
  • Dr. Robert Fazzi, President
    Fazzi Associates
  • Marleen Marrocco, Vice President Global Sales, InRESONANCE
  • Patrick Phillip, Vice President
    Phillips Enterprises, Inc.
  • Laurie Fenlason,Vice President
    Public Affairs, Smith College
  • Julie Cowan, Vice President
    TD Bank
  • Joseph Blumenthal
    Boards of Directors, Northampton Business Improvement District


To advise the Mayor on economic development policies and strategies guided by the Sustainable Northampton Comprehensive Plan that will expand the tax base, create employment, create a supportive and competitive business environment, market Northampton, and enhance communication with the business community.

Specifically, the mayor’s Economic Development Advisory Committee (EDAC) will advise on:

  • Business retention, expansion, and attraction
  • Identifying and promoting industry sectors or businesses compatible with Northampton
  • Attracting and supporting new business start-ups and entrepreneurs
  • Marketing and tourism
  • Identifying workforce needs and programs
  • Regulatory streamlining
  • Identifying barriers to business development and recommend solutions
  • Identifying resources and partnerships to support economic development
  • Identifying regional economic development opportunities
  • Other matters as identified or referred to the EDAC for study