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The Barnstable County Economic Development Council (BCEDC), an advisory board to the Barnstable County Commissioners, was established to guide economic development policy in a manner that will improve the quality of life for all, foster a healthy economy offering a range of employment opportunities at livable wages for year-round residents, and protect the region's natural and built assets today and in the future.

The BCEDC functions include:

  • advise on the development of the economic development goals for Barnstable County,
  • acts as the Cape Cod Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Strategy Committee and Economic Development District (EDD) governing board,
  • advises on the planning, content and implementation of the CEDS,
  • approves the 5-year CEDS document, and
  • advises the Barnstable County Commissioners, upon allocation of funds to award economic development grants/contracts, on the merits of proposals (including the License Plate Grant program).

For a full list of the BCEDC functions, please see the ordinance

There are 11 voting members representing the main economic interests of the region and working towards long-term economic sustainability. There are 3 additional ex-officio members representing the County Commissioners, Assembly of Delegates, and Cape Cod Commission. The Cape Cod Commission staff provides technical expertise and administrative support to the BCEDC, attending all BCEDC meetings and reporting to the committee on activities related to CEDS development and implementation, as well as providing guidance to the Council in the execution of its duties.

BCEDC Vacancies

The Barnstable County Economic Development Council (BCEDC) is actively seeking two new members. The Council meets once a month on Wednesdays at 5 p.m. Any individuals who are interested in participating in the BCEDC should submit a letter of interest and resume to Cape Cod Commission staff at Submissions will be accepted until the positions are filled.

Next Meetings

Wednesday Oct 11, 2023
AGENDA: Barnstable County Economic Development Council
Start Time: 5:00 PM
Wednesday Nov 08, 2023
AGENDA: Barnstable County Economic Development Council
Start Time: 5:00 PM
Wednesday Dec 13, 2023
AGENDA: Barnstable County Economic Development Council
Start Time: 5:00 PM


  • Greg Bilezikian
    Executive Director, Bilezikian Family Foundation
  • Rob Brennan
    President, CapeBuilt Homes
  • Kara Galvin
    Executive Director, Cape and Islands Workforce Board
  • Lisa Guyon
    Executive Director, WE CAN
  • Cindy Horgan
    Executive Director, Cape Cod Children’s Place
  • Tammi Jacobsen
    Director of Workforce Development & Training, Cape Cod Community College
  • Alisa Magnotta
    Executive Director, Cape Cod Housing Assistance Corporation
  • Robert "Bert" Talerman
    Co-President, Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank
  • Julie Wake
    Executive Director, Arts Foundation of Cape Cod
  • Harold "Woody" Mitchell
    Chair, Cape Cod Commission (non-voting)
  • Mark Forest
    Commissioner, Barnstable County Commissioners (non-voting)
  • John Ohman
    Representative, Barnstable County Assembly of Delegates (non-voting)


Project Resources

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195K pdf
Sep 11, 2023
BCEDC 9-13-2023
NOTICE: To view the posting date/time and materials related to agenda items, please visit the Cape Cod Commission’s official posting location at
195K pdf
Jul 14, 2021
2021 License Plate Grant Fund-Application Form
192K pdf
Sep 11, 2023
2023-06-07 Draft BCEDC Meeting Minutes
Draft Minutes | June 7, 2023 at 3:00 pm | 1 Barnstable County Economic Development Council (BCEDC) Draft Minutes | June 7, 2023 at 3:00 pm Virtual Meeting Via Zoom The meeting was…
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