The Windham Economic Development Corporation held its annual meeting Oct. 26, the first annual meeting to actively incorporate members of the public.

The meeting included an update on WEDC business, the appointment of a new officer and new board member, an award presentation and a keynote speech by a local economist.

The goal of economic development corporation is to “work with the community to foster a business-friendly culture,” Dustin Roma, president, said at the meeting. “When someone wants to open or expand a business, we want them to look to Windham.”

Larry Eliason, a member and Raymond-based real estate broker, was named vice president. He will replace Elizabeth Schidzig, who decided not to continue in that role. Charlotte Mace, executive director of Biobased Maine, was appointed as board member.

Charles Lawton, economist and columnist for the Maine Sunday Telegram, gave a keynote presentation to attendees about economic development and its relation to, as he said, “Maine’s desperate need for people.”

The first annual Thomas “Tommy” Gleason Economic Development Champion Award was presented to Gleason’s wife, Nancy Gleason, and to local developer Martin Lippman. The award honors Tommy Gleason, a town councilor and member of the Windham Economic Development Corporation who died in May.


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