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Timeline for Municipal Fiber Study Set

July 26, 2019 / Brad Cole / Falmouth Enterprise

A community-based fiber-optic network could go before Falmouth Town Meeting as early as November 2020.

Courtney Bird, an organizer advocating for the fiber-optic network, provided selectmen with an update on a $50,000 feasibility study to determine the viability of such a network on Monday night, July 22.

The study, funded by the Economic Development & Industrial Corporation, has gone out to bid. The deadline for bidders is August 13. Mr. Bird expects the firm to conduct the six-month study will be selected in mid-September. The study is due by March 13, 2020. “This study, we feel, is a really important step forward,” he said, because it will give the town concrete answers regarding its options and the cost.

Early estimates place the cost of installing a community-based fiber-optic network at $30 to $60 million. Selectman Susan L. Moran asked if the study will identify a funding source. To read more of this article click here.

EDIC Moves Forward with Two Feasibility Studies

July 12, 2019 / Elianna Spitzer / Falmouth Enterprise

Falmouth’s Economic Development and Industrial Corporation is moving forward with a feasibility study for a community-based fiber-optic network.

Last month the EDIC voted to commit up to $50,000 toward the study, which will assess existing service and demand for future service. It will also explore possible models for implementing a community-based fiber-optic network.

At the July 9 meeting, the EDIC voted Patti B. Haney, Michael B. Galasso, and Christopher Simmler onto a subcommittee to work in collaboration with proponents of the feasibility study.

The proponents of the study are residents who organized an informational meeting at the Falmouth Public Library in June. They received enough interest in exploring a community-based fiber-optic network at that meeting that they approached the EDIC for funding for a feasibility study. Arthur S. Gaylord, one of the organizers, said the study will take about about six months. The goal is to get the RFP out as soon as possible, to allow enough time to receive findings prior to spring Town Meeting. To read more of this article click here.

A Win - Win for Falmouth - Letter

July 5, 2019 / Falmouth Opinion - Ltr. to the Editor / Falmouth Enterprise

A growing body of Falmouth residents envision a fiber optic community internet access network that’s faster, more failure-resistant and less expensive than today’s commercial offerings, with better customer service, too.

Recently the Falmouth Economic Development and Industrial Corporation approved funds for a study on how to build such a network. The study would explore how to finance the Falmouth network, whether it would actually have advantages over Verizon and Comcast services, how many customers the network could attract, how long it would take to build, and what mix of technologies it would use. It would also gather public input and solicit comments about services, pricing, availability and other concerns; after all, it would be our network.

Of course there are questions about such an undertaking, as there should be for any multimillion-dollar public project. Are current and planned Comcast and Verizon services good enough? Is OpenCape the right builder/operator? Should we charter a light and power district to run the network (as several western Massachusetts towns have done)? Or should we partner with a private company that’s in business to build and run networks for communities? To read more of this letter click here.

The Falmouth EDIC is seeking proposals for a Market Feasibility Study for a Mixed-Use Co-Working Space.

Click here to see the proposal RFP details and submission requirements.

A Bold Endeavor - Editorial

June 14, 2019 / Falmouth Enterprise

The vote by the EDIC to commit $50,000 to a feasibility study of bringing municipal broadband to Falmouth was a bold move. It was, without a doubt, a good move; the idea of closing the gap between the OpenCape fiber optic network and residences and businesses has been out there for some time. About five years ago a friend, who was at the time helping students from China and other far-off countries apply to US colleges, argued for it; her internet service was too slow to allow for consistent face-to-face video conferencing. Others weighed in as well, but the idea went quiet for a while, surfacing here and there since then.

But now Courtney Bird and others are rallying support. And the EDIC is on board.

To read more of this article click here.

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Falmouth EDIC Approves Funds for Fiber Optic Network Study

June 11, 2019 / Elianna Spitzer / Falmouth Enterprise

Falmouth EDIC Board in Open Session on June 11, 2019.

Falmouth EDIC Board in Open Session on June 11, 2019.

The Falmouth Economic Development and Industrial Corporation (EDIC) has voted to commit funds to further explore the idea of creating a community-based fiber optic network.

The board unanimously approved a motion, committing $50,000. The vote came during the EDIC's meeting on Tuesday, June 11.

Propelled by internet outages and high service costs, a group of five residents organized a public meeting to gauge interest in a community-based form of internet connection. A fiber optic network uses light to send information, running over thin strands of glass. OpenCape, a nonprofit, has already built a fiber-optic "loop" in Falmouth, connecting municipal buildings, schools, emergency services, and some employers. Discussions about a community-based fiber optic network focus on building-out the "last mile."

Over 80 residents attended a public meeting at the main branch of the Falmouth Public Library on June 4.

"It was a packed room, lots of interest, so we feel we want to build on that momentum," said Courtney Bird, one of the organizers of the initial meeting.

The next step is funding a feasibility study to explore the level of interest, possible network offerings, who might run and operate the network, and how it could get funded, said Art Gaylord, another one of the organizers.

Christopher Simmler, acting chairman of the EDIC, asked whether proponents of the study had explored other funding options, such as grants. Mr. Gaylord said they were not aware of possible grants, but that finding, applying for, and securing grants might draw out the process. To read more of this article click here.

Falmouth EDIC Picks Mr. DiGiano as First Executive Director

May 14, 2019 / Elianna Spitzer / Falmouth Enterprise

The Falmouth Economic Development and Industrial Corporation selected F. Michael DiGiano as its first executive director on Tuesday, May 14.

Mr. DiGiano is the executive vice president of NAI Hunneman, a commercial real estate company located in Boston. He has more than 30 years of experience in public and private real estate development. Mr. DiGiano's family moved to Falmouth in 1966 and he attended Lawrence School. After receiving a master's degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in regional planning, Mr. DiGiano worked in multiple communities throughout Massachusetts, notably as the director of community development and the redevelopment authority for the city of Peabody. At NAI Hunneman, he works with corporate clients in an advisory role, aiding in site selection for new facilities and forging relationships between public and private organizations. To read more of this article click here.

National Railroad Day Will Roll Into Falmouth For Celebration At The Station

May 9, 2019 / Joanne Briana - Gartner / Falmouth Enterprise

Jim Fox is no stranger to doing volunteer work for Falmouth. He has served as a member of the town’s planning board, EDIC (economic development and industrial corporation) and beach committee and as a Town Meeting member, so it’s no surprise that since the town acquired a 100-year lease on the Falmouth train station, which currently serves as a hub for the Peter Pan bus lines and houses the Station Grille, that Mr. Fox and the rest of the board have been working on ways to promote the station and raise its profile in town.

Along with other members of the EDIC, Mr. Fox was instrumental in creating the nonprofit Friends of Falmouth Station. All members of the EDIC are on the board of the Friends group, which is responsible for the maintenance of the station going forward.

“We want to run social events at the station and help market the location as a public space for meetings,” Mr. Fox said.

In order to meet these goals the group was looking to host an event, and in doing research discovered National Railroad Day (May 12). “Why don’t we have an event, we thought, and National Railroad Day seemed like the right day to do it on,” Mr. Fox said. To read more of this article click here.

EDIC Interviews Five Candidates For Executive Director

May 3, 2019 / Elianna Spitzer / Falmouth Enterprise

Five people interviewed for the position of part-time executive director of the Economic Development and Industrial Corporation on Monday, April 29.

Susan L. Moran, Brooks P. Bartlett and Patti Haney represented the board. The EDIC administrator, Lynne Broderick, was also present.

Ms. Moran said the hiring committee had received 27 resumes from “qualified... local men and women.” Mr. Bartlett noted that the interviews marked, “another step in our progress.” The interviews were held during a public meeting to ensure that the board adhered to open meeting laws, said Ms. Moran.

About a month ago the EDIC posted an opening for the part-time position. The executive director will be responsible for implementing EDIC projects and working with the board to achieve its mission.

Five men interviewed on Monday: Robert Mascali, Michael DiGiano, Spyro Mitrokostas, Peter Franklin and Michael Sullivan. The interviewees came from a variety of backgrounds ranging from private industry to public governance. Some of the interviewees had worked for private firms and transitioned to nonprofits. They are lawyers, entrepreneurs, business professionals or civil servants.

Ms. Moran asked each candidate to prepare multi-year plans.

To read more of this article click here.




EDIC Moves Forward with Falmouth Station Improvements

April 13, 2019 / Elianna Spitzer / Falmouth Enterprise

Chef John P. Marcellino is heading into his second summer operating The Station Grill on Depot Avenue. As he readies his menu for the summer, members of the Economic Development and Industrial Corporation are working to improve the Falmouth Station where he runs his restaurant.

Mr. Marcellino’s summer lunch menu will expand with the addition of a cod sandwich, traditional quahog chowder and Jamaican curry chicken salad.

“We’re really trying to have a local theme. We’re trying to be the true taste of Falmouth,” he told the EDIC at its meeting on Tuesday, April 9. Nana’s lemonade—a recipe from Mr. Marcellino’s grandmother, born and raised in Harwich—will be available at the cafe. “The lunch menu this year is going to be fantastic,” he added.

Mr. Marcellino revealed the final design draft of a sign and logo for the Station Grill. It is a black sign with white lettering. Board administrator Lynn A. Broderick suggested he have the font widened to make the words stand out more. Mr. Marcellino plans to ask the board to add more signs in the coming months. However, he noted that he did not want too many. To read more of this article click here.

Discussion Sheds Light on Second Phase of EDIC Solar Array

April 14, 2019 / Elianna Spitzer / Falmouth Enterprise

Phase two of the Falmouth Economic Development and Industrial Corporation solar array is moving forward after a near-two-year delay.

Phase two will add an additional two megawatts to the landfill site off of Thomas B. Landers Road, half the capacity of phase one. Citizens Energy Corporation, a solar developer, completed the first phase of the landfill solar array in April 2017.

James E. Fox led the implementation of the first phase of the project while he was a member of the EDIC. He spoke before the current members of the EDIC on Tuesday, April 9, after he was contacted by Citizens Energy. "The good news is that phase two is coming together," he said.

Citizens Energy calculated phase two's total benefits for the town. The lease, payment-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOT), and power purchase agreement will generate $87,966 in revenue in the first year. That number will slightly increase every year. To read more of this article click here.

Falmouth Resident Proposes Town Wide Fiber Optic Network

April 14, 2019 / Elianna Spitzer / Falmouth Enterprise

Courtney Bird of Sippewissett Road advocated for a Falmouth-wide fiber optic network before the Falmouth Economic Development and Industrial Corporation on Tuesday, April 9.

Fiber optic cables are bundles of optical fibers—strips of glass or plastic that are thinner than a strand of human hair. Information can travel across these fibers using the power of light. Fiber optic Internet cables are widely considered to be faster and more reliable than copper cables.

OpenCape, a nonprofit technology company in Barnstable Village, operates a fiber optic network that connects municipal buildings, schools and some businesses in Falmouth. If the EDIC moves forward with its plans, OpenCape will extend the network to businesses on Main Street. To read more of this article click here.

Falmouth Committees Discuss Form Based Zoning, Waste Water and Internet

January 26, 2019 / Brad Cole / Falmouth Enterprise

The future development of Falmouth will require coordination. That was the consensus as selectmen and other town boards met at Falmouth Academy Saturday, January 26.

It was recognized that the Davis Straits Reset Study, the implementation of form-based zoning code, wastewater planning and the Route 28 roadway reconstruction project are interconnected. These matters and how they relate to one another were discussed by the Falmouth Board of Selectmen, planning board, zoning board of appeals, water quality management committee and economic development and industrial corporation.

Following the Davis Straits Reset Study, the planning board is developing a form-based zoning code for approximately 80 acres on Davis Straits, near the Staples building at 7 Davis Straits. Rather than regulate the use of property, form-based zoning regulates appearance. The goal is to encourage redevelopment of the area, transitioning it from a parking lot to a mixed-use development with retail space and housing. To read more of this article click here.

New Executive Director In The Future For Falmouth EDIC

January 12, 2019 / Elianna Spitzer / Falmouth Enterprise

The Falmouth Economic Development and Industrial Corporation discussed adding a paid, part-time executive director to represent the board of directors and better serve constituents at its meeting on Tuesday, January 8. The formal hiring process will not begin until the board completes and approves a job description for the position.

“It’s long been a need to have someone who is really available and has some expertise in development for nonprofits,” said vice chairman Susan L. Moran.

Hiring an executive director will help the board manage existing projects and take on new ones, Ms. Moran said. The new position will work closely with Lynne A. Broderick, the board’s administrator. Members of EDIC agreed that an ideal candidate will have experience writing grant applications for nonprofit organizations. To read more of this article click here.

Falmouth EDIC Moves Forward With OpenCape Fiber Optic Network

January 11, 2019 / Elianna Spitzer / Falmouth Enterprise

The Falmouth Economic Development and Industrial Corporation is moving ahead with its OpenCape project that will bring fiber optic networks to Main Street businesses. The project aims to provide business owners with faster Internet connections than basic cable lines and ensure fewer outages.

OpenCape is the nonprofit that owns and oversees the regional fiber optic network that already serves 19 Falmouth municipal buildings and connects towns throughout the Cape.

The extension of service down Main Street will connect to businesses using telephone poles. OpenCape has been in contact with Verizon and Eversource, the owners of the telephone poles on Main Street, to facilitate the additional lines. To read more of this article click here.

Falmouth EDIC Considers Crossing To Falmouth Station

December 16, 2018 / Brad Cole / Falmouth Enterprise

The Falmouth Economic Development and Industrial Corporation is working with MassDevelopment to build a crossing over the railroad tracks to connect the Shining Sea Bikeway and the Falmouth Station.

“What the intent would be is to put a wooden-type crossing across from the bike path to the bus station, and this would enable people to come off the bike path, walkers or bikers, and go to the bus station for the facilities or stop at the cafe,” EDIC member Christopher R. Simmler said, describing the crossing as a safer path to the station than going around through the street and parking lot.

The application to MassDevelopment is due December 21. The fundraising period would run from January to March. Mr. Simmler suggested a GoFundMe to help raise money for the $30,000 project, which includes the crossing, signage, picnic tables and bike racks. The crossing would meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards. It would include a lane for bikers, a walkway and a seating area.

“MassDevelopment would match us at 50 percent, so we’d need $15,000,” Mr. Simmler said. After the fundraising period end, MassDevelopment gives them six months to begin the project and 18 months to complete it. Mr. Simmler said they could issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the project in April or May, and complete construction in one month. He described the crossing as phase one of the project.

“The endgame would be, working with the Friends of Falmouth Station, is to put a railroad car inside of this bridge, potentially make a plaza and turn it into something, whether it a museum, a cafe, bike storage, a shop, something,” Mr. Simmler said.

EDIC Plans Falmouth Bus Station Improvements

November 18, 2018 / Amanda Haines / Falmouth Enterprise

The Falmouth Economic Development and Industrial Corporation continued brainstorming at its Tuesday, November 13, meeting about ways to transform the Falmouth Station and Station Grille from a successful historic renovation to a go-to destination.

Although the location on Depot Avenue is adjacent to the Shining Sea Bikeway and used by Peter Pan bus lines, a lack of air conditioning and accessibility from the bike path have proven to be major hurdles for potential customers. But change is on the horizon.

The EDIC, which entered into a 99-year lease with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation for the property, plans to add air conditioning and install a new water heater and build a connecting boardwalk from the bikeway over the train tracks to the restaurant. A new sign is also planned for the bike path to draw attention to the walkway. The EDIC anticipates completing the work before the start of the summer season. To read more of this article click here.

Falmouth EDIC Considers Smart Kiosks

November 13, 2018 / Amanda Haines / Falmouth Enterprise

Smart kiosks with free WiFi, charging ports, and user-friendly touch screens may be coming to downtown Falmouth.

Members of the Economic Development & Industrial Corporation (EDIC) reacted enthusiastically to a presentation by Michael Morris, sales director for CIVIQ Smartscapes, a manufacturer of the units, at its Tuesday, November 13, meeting. The EDIC is exploring installing kiosks at three locations: town hall, the chamber of commerce, and the Falmouth Station on Depot Avenue. To read more of this article click here.

Falmouth Station Grill Rethinks Current Track

October 19, 2018 / Amanda Haines / Falmouth Enterprise

At The Station Grill, Chef John Marcellino serves “delicious foods with a side of kindness.” But there are some challenges ahead for the station-themed café.

The mom and pop operation, which is less than six months old, has been sent back to the drawing board by at least one member of the Falmouth Economic Development and Industrial Corporation to “narrow their scope” and generate more business.

The Station Grill opened on Memorial Day in the bus station on Depot Avenue.

The summer started off strong. Based entirely on word of mouth and a website, the restaurant grossed almost $20,000 in three months. It is patronized by bikers, tourists, local businesses, and even Falmouth Academy students. To read more of this article click here.

Formed Based Zoning May Guide Davis Straights Redevelopment

September 14, 2018 / by Steven Withrow / Falmouth Enterprise

Imagine Falmouth’s Davis Straits commercial area if it were centered around pedestrians and public transportation rather than parking lots and cars.

Planning board chairman James E. Fox, who was guest speaker at the Falmouth Economic Development and Industrial Corporation meeting Tuesday morning, September 11, said that a proposed form-based zoning code could make that vision a reality as part of the Davis Straits redevelopment project. To read more of this article click here.

Falmouth EDIC To Help Fund Collaborative Workspace Study

July 22, 2018    /    by Steven Withrow    /    Falmouth Enterprise

Falmouth Economic Development and Industrial Corporation voted unanimously Tuesday morning, July 17, to fund up to $12,500 for a $25,000 matching grant from the Massachusetts Development and Finance Agency for a collaborative workspace feasibility study.  

EDIC member Michael B. Galasso said MassDevelopment submitted a request for proposals, offering a grant up to $250,000 for communities that have a building to be fitted out for a coworking space. The first step is a seed grant of $25,000 that the town would have to match dollar for dollar to do a feasibility study to see if there is a demand for such a project.  To read more of this article click here.

Economic Development And Industrial Corporation Talks Falmouth Station Cafe

May 11, 2018     /     by Brad Cole    /     Falmouth Enterprise

Chef John Marcellino wants to open The Station Grill at the Falmouth Station on Depot Avenue.

The opening of a cafe at the Falmouth bus station has long been a goal of the Falmouth Economic Development and Industrial Corporation. Mr. Marcellino wants to help them achieve the goal, saying he hopes to open a restaurant there as early as Memorial Day.

His menu includes coffee and tea, soups, salads and sandwiches. He is looking into the possibility of grilling outdoors and serving ice cream. Proposed menu items include a poached chicken salad, a smoked oyster salad, all-beef hot dogs, grilled eggplant sandwiches and lobster rolls.  To read more of this article click here.

EDIC Plans To Connect Main Street To OpenCape Network

April 13, 2018     /      by Paige Leahy     /       Falmouth Enterprise

Falmouth Economic Development and Industrial Corporation voted last week to begin negotiations with both MassDevelopment and OpenCape to bring OpenCape to Main Street and potentially more of downtown Falmouth.  No start date or time frame for the project were determined.

OpenCape is a nonprofit technology company that owns and operates a regional fiber optic network.

At the EDIC’s previous meeting, Steven R. Johnston, executive director of OpenCape, presented the plan for concentrating Falmouth Main Street businesses on the network, along with initial hookup fees and monthly fees for businesses.  To read more of this article click here.

EDIC Proposes Food Trucks, Future Parking Fees

April 13, 2018      /       by Paige Leahy     /        Falmouth Enterprise

The Falmouth Economic Development and Industrial Corporation met Tuesday morning, April 10, to discuss potential streams of revenue for Falmouth Station.

One idea that was discussed was bringing in some kind of vendor or café to the station, which is on Depot Avenue. This proposal was presented at previous meetings as well.  “I have been searching desperately for food service for some kind of café, but the response I keep getting is just a polite ‘no,’ ”  To read more of this article click here.

EDIC Looks to Generate Revenue

March 23, 2018        /      by Paige Leahy       /       Falmouth Enterprise

The Falmouth EDIC discussed a variety of upcoming projects and plans at its meeting on Tuesday, March 20, including Falmouth Station, OpenCape network connectivity and the tech park development agreement.

The board invited the public to this meeting to obtain input from commuters, entrepreneurs, visitors and residents on travel-complimentary uses of the Falmouth Station and surrounding area. The EDIC’s goal is to make the station financially self-sustaining.

EDIC Administrator Lynne A. Broderick updated the board on the status of the property, which included finding termites on the station’s new windows, an improperly regulated heating system that may require a new boiler and various high-risk trees on the property that are a cause for concern with recent storms.  To read more of this article click here.


EDIC Requests Development Agreement Extension for Tech Park

March 2, 2018    /      by Paige Leahy      /      Falmouth Enterprise

The Falmouth Economic Development and Industrial Corporation submitted a letter to the Cape Cod Commission on February 15 requesting to extend the development agreement for the Falmouth Technology Park by three years.

The subject of extension was taken up at the EDIC meeting on February 13, in which the board questioned whether they wanted to apply for an extension at all, and if so, for how long.  Questions and comments that arose from board members included what kind of an obligation the EDIC holds to people who have owned property in the Tech Park already, looking at what, if any, significant development has occurred in the last 10 years, and the potential to have the park serve for mixed uses, including business operations and residential developments.  To read more of this article click here.


EDIC Discusses Future of Parking at Falmouth Station

February 13, 2018     /      by Paige Leahy     /      Falmouth Enterprise

A heavy focus was placed on the current and future parking situation for the Falmouth Station at the Tuesday, February 13, meeting of the Economic Development and Industrial Corporation (EDIC).Since the Falmouth Station’s restoration, there has been talk of both charging for parking in the lot and the possibility of expanding the lot for additional parking space.  The board agreed that the EDIC needs revenue to be able to maintain the station, and revenue from parking lot fees was included in its original budget for the upkeep of the building and property.  To read more of this article click here


Bathroom Issue at Falmouth Station
and Tech Park Gets New Sign

January 12, 2018      /      by Brad Cole     /       Falmouth Enterprise

The Falmouth Station was plagued by septic problems last week.  “We have a little emergency going on with our septic system,” Lynne A. Broderick reported to the Economic Development and Industrial Corporation at its meeting on January 9.  To read more of this article click here.


Southport Developer Talks Of Bringing Concept To Falmouth

December 15, 2017    /    by Brad Cole    /    Falmouth Enterprise

The Falmouth Economic Development and Industrial Corporation met with developer Ronald S. Bonvie to discuss what it would take to bring a development like Southport on Cape Cod to Falmouth.  Southport on Cape Cod is an award-winning 55 and over community with 750 units located along Martha Pond in Mashpee. Mr. Bonvie is considering Falmouth as a possible location for a similar development.  To read more of this article click here.


Corporation Discusses Lyberty Green, OpenCape

December 15, 2017    /    by Brad Cole    /    Falmouth Enterprise

The Falmouth Economic Development and Industrial Corporation offered its services in assisting the town with negotiating the purchase of the Lyberty Green property. 

At November Town Meeting, members voted to appropriate $100,000 from certified free cash to have the town manager and board of selectmen enter into negotiations to obtain the land located at 0 and 3 Lantern Lane and 0 and 556 Main Street. This property, owned by the Fays Realty Trust, is the site of the Lyberty Green Apartments 40B project.  “My feeling is this particular developer is going to want a quick resolution to this situation, and if there is anything we can do as a board to help that come about, I think it will be a big plus for the community and also the economic development of Main Street,” EDIC chairman Michael P. Galasso said.  To read more of this article click here.


Falmouth EDIC Hears Affordable Housing Concerns

December 15, 2017   /    by Brad Cole    /    Falmouth Enterprise

Affordable housing committee vice chairman Edward J. Curley met with the Falmouth Economic Development and Industrial Corporation to discuss the town’s housing demand study.

RKG Associates provided an update to its 2014 housing demand study, specifically looking at the town’s housing demand forecasts through 2021. Mr. Curley noted some concerns highlighted by the study that the town needs to address.

“Something around the order of 18 percent of income restricted units in town are due to expire in the next three years. Somebody in town has to be on top of it, making sure we don’t go backwards in terms of affordable housing in town,” Mr. Curley said at the EDIC meeting on Tuesday, December 12.  To read more of this article click here


Corporation Discusses Main Street Stroll, Bench Repairs

November 18, 2017    /    by Brad Cole    /    Falmouth Enterprise

The Falmouth Economic Development and Industrial Corporation is looking to get into the holiday spirit.  The restored Falmouth Station will be a part of the Main Street Stroll on Saturday, December 2. It will be a stop along the Main Street Stroll’s trolley service route that night. A portion of the station will be decorated and there will be refreshments served by the newly formed Falmouth Station Events Committee.  To read more of this article click here.

The Falmouth EDIC Will Host Caroling and Refreshments at the Falmouth Bus Station on Saturday December 2nd, for the Falmouth Holiday Stroll

Falmouth Village Holiday Stroll

Holiday Stroll 5:00 - 8:00 PM.
Main Street, Falmouth Village
aturday, December 2, 2017
Main Street / Queen’s Buyway Stroll

Co-Sponsored by:  The Falmouth Village Association & The Falmouth Chamber of Commerce
 
See Falmouth Main Street transformed at night by the annual Holiday Stroll!  Enjoy the many unique shops, services, and restaurants in the heart of Falmouth Village. The street and storefronts are at their very best when decorated for the holidays.  Many of the merchants will be offering snacks and refreshments.  Shop and dine while enjoying the Very Merry Dickens Carolers strolling along the street.  The petting zoo is back at Queens Buyway, along with free popcorn for snacking.  The kids will be delighted to meet Santa in our inflatable North Pole located at Peg Noonan Park, where there will be hot cocoa and goodies provided by Bear in Boots. 

Enjoy live music playing at Vagabond View, Puritan of Cape Cod, The Black Dog, and The Gallery on Main.  Some of our local talent will be on display, strolling the street: Turning Pointe Dancers, Soulfege A Cappella Group, and the FHS Band. Meet Moana at Caline For Kids, and next door stop in Cupcake Charlies for complimentary face painting by Mrs. Claus.  Keep a look out for the Christmas Parade Characters strolling the street. 
The Falmouth EDIC will host caroling and refreshments at the renovated Falmouth Station (bus depot).

The street will be closed this year, so be aware that parking is available at Mullen Hall and Lawrence School, where the trolley will stop, while running from Peg Noonan to Queens Buyway.  The Holiday Stroll is a tradition with something for everyone!


Falmouth EDIC Looks To Renew Tech Park Agreement
With Cape Cod Commission

November 14, 2017    /    by Brad Cole    /    Falmouth Enterprise

The Falmouth Economic Development & Industrial Corporation wants to extend its development agreement with the Cape Cod Commission regarding Falmouth Technology Park.  The current agreement expires in February 2018. However, it includes a provision to renew the agreement for an additional 10 years. Falmouth attorney Laura M. Moynihan said the development agreement is particularly beneficial for developers constructing buildings larger than 10,000 square feet. Such developments would normally trigger review by the Cape Cod Commission, a costly progress that can take several months.  To read more of this article click here.


OpenCape Could Speed Up Main Street Internet Connection

October 20, 2017    /    by Brad Cole    /    Falmouth Enterprise

The Economic Development and Industrial Corporation is looking to team up with the OpenCape Corporation to better connect Main Street businesses to the Internet.

“With the current Comcast Internet connection, they could not keep up with the transactions during the summer,” EDIC chairman Michael P. Galasso said. “Many had to end up hand-writing receipts and hand-writing credit card statements, like in the old days.”  To read more of this article click here.


Technology Park To Get New Signs

October 13, 2017    /    by Brad Cole    /    Falmouth Enterprise

Two new signs will be installed at the entrance of the Falmouth Technology Park.  At its October 10 meeting, the Falmouth Economic Development & Industrial Corporation unanimously approved spending approximately $16,000 to upgrade the entrance at the Falmouth Technology Park, located off Thomas B. Landers Road in West Falmouth. That will cover the cost of installing two new signs, preserving the entrance wall, updating the landscaping and installing lighting.  To read more of this article click here.


EDIC Considers Lyberty Green Eminent Domain Taking

October 10, 2017    /    by Brad Cole    /    Falmouth Enterprise

The Falmouth Economic Development and Industrial Corporation is considering what action it can take regarding the Lyberty Green property on Main Street.

The property will be discussed at the November Annual Town Meeting. Per a petition by Marc P. Finneran of East Falmouth, Town Meeting members are being asked to authorize the board of selectmen to take the parcels of land associated with the project by eminent domain and develop a mixed-use project more in line with the character of Main Street.

Falmouth EDIC chairman Michael B. Galasso at its meeting Tuesday morning asked board members to consider substituting themselves for the selectmen as the entity purchasing the Lyberty Green property.

“I feel the project being proposed on that particular property is really going to be detrimental to our community,” Mr. Galasso said. “The developer hasn’t really listened to the community or comments that have been made.”  To read more of this article click here.


Falmouth Station Grand Re-Opening Celebration
Set for July 27

FALMOUTH, MA, July 15, 2017 — Falmouth Economic Development & Industrial Corporation (EDIC) announced today the Grand Re-Opening of the renovated Falmouth Station will take place on Thursday, July 27 at 12:30pm at 59 Depot Avenue, Falmouth, MA. State and local officials will attend and the community is invited to join the celebration.

The Station – initially named the Falmouth Railroad Station – was placed in service in 1872 when the Old Colony Railroad inaugurated service on the Woods Hole Branch. In 1912 the original Falmouth Railroad Station was sold to the Swift family who moved the wood depot across the tracks. In its place the New Haven Railroad built a replacement brick depot which stands to this day.

Rail service ended in 1989. Since then the former Falmouth Railroad Station has been renamed as the Falmouth Station and is used as a bus depot by the Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority and Peter Pan Bus Lines. Most of the rail line that once carried trains to the station has been converted into a 10.7-mile bike path known as the Shining Sea Bikeway which extends from Woods Hole to North Falmouth. The Falmouth Station is located next to the bikeway near the 3.5 mile marker.

In 2015 Falmouth EDIC acquired a 99-year lease from Massachusetts Department of Transportation in conjunction with a grant to renovate the Station. The EDIC’s goal was to restore the appearance of the 1912 building and repurpose it as the Town’s Transit Center. Future improvements will include a café and historic rail cars.

“Our local representatives, local business leaders, MassDOT and others have been an important part of the vision for this project,” says Michael Galasso, Chairman of the Falmouth EDIC. “We’d like to thank them for their support, and invite the community to join in celebrating this wonderfully restored building. We hope it will serve as a welcoming place for residents and visitors for years to come.”

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Investor-Ready Boot Camp

On Thursday June 8th, the Investor Ready Boot Camp will be offered by the Southern New England Entrepreneurs Forum (SNEEF) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the UMass Dartmouth Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, 151 Martine Street, Fall River, MA. Noted entrepreneur Tracy Silva Barbosa, who was a student of last year’s cohort: “If I hadn’t gone to the Investor Ready Boot Camp, I wouldn’t have gotten my investor.”

This full-day event is ideal for entrepreneurs who are considering approaching Venture Capitalists or Angel Investors for funding and follows the very successful boot camp that was held last year. Topics covered in this full day event include:

  • What Investors are Looking For

  • Knowing Your Market

  • Understanding and Negotiating the Term Sheet

  • Perfecting Your Pitch to Investors

Our panel of experts will share their experiences and expertise to help your company position itself for investment.  The day will include interactive discussion and hands-on activities to improve your funding chances.

Experts include:

  • Annette Reynolds, 128 Innovation Capital Group

  • David Fogel, TiEAngels, Beacon Angels, Swifton CFOs LLC

  • Charles Hipwood of MassVentures

  • Neil McLaughlin, Founder and Head of M & A of TCF Law Group PLLC

  • Steve Collins, Founder of 1024 Technology Marketing

  • Jeanne Union, Founder of Union Sales Presentation Coaching

  • Melinda Ailes, Sr. Business Advisor Mass Small Business Development Center, and SNEEF

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.  The fee for the day is $100.00 per person, or $75.00 if you are a member of SNEEF or the 128 Innovation Capital Group.  Space is limited, please register by visiting http://www.sneef.org/event-2502542.


EDIC Hires Administrative Assistant

Nov 11, 2016   |   By Brittany Feldott     |     The Falmouth Enterprise

During a meeting on Tuesday morning, November 8, the Falmouth Economic Development and Industrial Corporation hired Alexandra Caine of Teaticket as an administrative assistant, to help better manage corporation projects.

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EDIC Discusses Neighbor Relations

Nov 11, 2016   |   By Brittany Feldott   |   The Falmouth Enterprise

Tensions were high at a meeting of the Falmouth Economic Development and Industrial Corporation on Tuesday morning, November 8, when board members debated whether to allow members of the Falmouth Elks Lodge to use a parking lot attached to the bus station property on Depot Avenue.

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EDIC Pursues Land for Third Solar Array

Nov 4, 2016   |   By Brittany Feldott   |   The Falmouth Enterprise

The Falmouth Economic Development and Industrial Corporation will likely request permission from the town to re-zone a town-owned parcel of land abutting the capped town landfill for use as a solar field.

At a meeting of the Falmouth Planning Board on Tuesday night last week, November 1, chairman and EDIC member James E. Fox said that the corporation was hoping to re-zone the land to Light Industrial C, which allows for installation of ground-mounted photovoltaic arrays.

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Bike Path Picnic Area in the Works Near Bus Station

Oct 14, 2016   |   By Brittany Feldott   |   The Falmouth Enterprise

A deck walkway and picnic area connecting the Falmouth bus station on Depot Avenue to the Shining Sea Bikeway could be completed by next fall.

During a meeting of the Falmouth Economic Development and Industrial Corporation on Tuesday morning, October 11, board member Christopher R. Simmler presented preliminary plans for the project, which is part of larger renovations to the “Falmouth Station.”

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EDIC Meeting Notes: New Housing Consultant Considered

Oct 14, 2016   |   By Brittany Feldott   |   The Falmouth Enterprise

The Falmouth Economic Development and Industrial Corporation is considering hiring a new consultant to undertake a housing demand study.

The housing study is a continuation of work completed in 2014 by consultant Judith A. Barrett of RKG Associates, Inc., and will use updated census data to forecast specific housing needs in Falmouth.

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EDIC Might Sell Solar to Another Town in the State

Oct 14, 2016   |   By Brittany Feldott   |   The Falmouth Enterprise

The Falmouth Economic Development and Industrial Corporation will consider selling energy from its solar array project to other towns in the state, following stagnant conversations with the Town of Falmouth.

The corporation began construction of a four-megawatt solar array project on the capped town landfill last spring, slated to be finished in December of this year.

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Groundbreaking for Station Renovation on the Horizon

Sep 18, 2016   |   By Brittany Feldott   |   The Falmouth Enterprise

Subcontractor bids for renovations to the dilapidated Falmouth bus station were announced on Wednesday, September 14, meaning a groundbreaking at the site on Depot Avenue is just weeks away.

The EDIC entered into a 99-year lease with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation in May in order to complete renovations to the bus station. The DOT has promised $1.4 million in reimbursements to restore the bus station to its historical condition.

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