Citizens Committee working on projects including an annual city birthday party

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Members of the newly-formed Citizens Committee on Economic Development met April 30 at Margarita’s. Courtesy Photo

MANCHESTER, NH –   The Citizens Committee on Economic Development held a meeting at Margaritas, in Manchester April 30 to help move the organization’s mission forward.  Special guests included Ward 3 Alderman Tim Baines and School Board Committee Member Mary Georges.

The group’s mission is to strengthen the Manchester community by empowering citizens through a collaborative, bi-partisan/nonpolitical voice to improve Manchester’s economic footprint.

There are three committee projects in the planning stages:

  • Planting Easter Lilies, bulbs, tulips, rose bushes around City Hall & Annex on May 19, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (volunteers and bulb donations needed)
  • 172nd City Birthday Celebration event scheduled for Friday June 1, 2018 from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. at City Hall Plaza with a finalized agenda to be shared with the community soon. We are looking for corporate and business sponsors to cover costs.
  • Outdoor Ticketed Concert in the Park September 23, 2018 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. at Veterans Park (talent to TBA). We will be looking for corporate and business sponsors for this project as well. The event will be family friendly.

Other projects/topics being worked on:

  • Brainstorming ideas on how to handle the aggressive panhandling in downtown.
  • Having safe and affordable crosswalk options to increase the foot traffic in downtown Manchester.
  • Opening up the Downtown Public Bathrooms in Downtown’s Veteran’s Memorial Park, especially during events taking place in the City Park.
  • Start working on the two separate City “neighborhood” maps, to build community in various areas of the city – remembering the past and moving us into the future. When they took the original 32 neighborhoods and made them 24, it made them too large to be called neighborhoods. With the goals of making neighborhoods more livable and safe.

Who should consider becoming a member of the Manchester Citizen’s Committee on Economic Development?

The goal of this group is to move Manchester forward on its economic development plans. This is a grassroots, open-minded meeting of the minds, and a non-political group. No members of the Citizen’s Committee can be serving presently as a city or school elected official. This is solely a Citizen’s Committee. Ideally, the Citizen’s Committee will consist of a total of 33 members serving all of the Queen City’s 12 Wards, of which 24 have been filled.

The makeup of the committee includes four elected Executive Officers, 24 Ward membership and five specialty members totaling 33.

We currently still need eight more volunteer Ward members:

  • 2 from Ward 8
  • 1 from Wards 3,4,7,9,10 and 12

Upcoming Meetings:

Monday, May 7, 6-8 p.m. Stark Brewing Company, 500 Commercial St.,

Tuesday, May 22, 6-8 p.m. (location to TBA)

June 25 6-8 p.m. (location to TBA)


For more information or to get involved, contact Glenn RJ Ouellette (603) 289-6835