Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

November 7, 2013

'Andover Tomorrow' to map out town's future

Staff reports
The Andover Townsman

---- — The future of Andover will be discussed at a forum dubbed “Andover Tomorrow,” beg hosted this month by the town’s Economic Development Council.

Tim Vaill, chairman of the EDC, said the educational forum is intended to open up a “lively dialogue about the value of economic growth in Andover.”

“This is an important dialogue as we begin to explore the future of Andover given the inevitable demographic changes and the economy we now face,” he said. “We are particularly trying to bring public school families and seniors into the equation.”

A flier that is being distributed around town calls it “an important discussion for the residents of Andover” and especially urges senior citizens and parents with school-age children to attend the meeting, which is slated for Wednesday, Nov. 20, from 7 to run 8:30 p.m. in the Public Safety Center at 32 North Main St.

The forum will feature Barry Bluestone, head of the Dukakis Urban Planning Center at Northeastern University in Boston — who the EDC calls one of the best-informed and most-entertaining speakers on the subject of town growth.

A panel of experts will include Greg Sebasky, chairman of Philips North America; Claudia Bach, former superintendent of Andover schools; and Charlie Kendrick, the former chairman of the Edgewood Retirement Community.

Vaill said the forum is in line with the EDC’s mission, which is to “continually work on developing the right ‘climate’ in Andover such that attractive businesses will relocate here and that equally attractive families will move here. Our goal is to make Andover the best place to work and live in America.”