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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.



  • Lauren Barker
    CEO, Cape Cod Young Professionals
  • Ron Bergstrom
    Commissioner, Barnstable County Commissioners
  • Rob Brennan
    President, CapeBuilt Homes
  • Chris Flanagan
    Executive Officer at Home Builders & Remodelers
  • Duane Fotheringham
    President, Hydroid
  • Alisa Galazzi
    Executive Director, Cape Cod Housing Assistance Corporation
  • Kara Galvin
    Executive Director, Cape and Islands Workforce Board
  • Tammi Jacobsen
    Director of Workforce Development & Training, Cape Cod Community College
  • Peter Karlson
    CEO, NeuEon
  • Harold "Woody" Mitchell
    Chair, Cape Cod Commission
  • Paul Niedzwiecki
    Vice President of Strategy & Government Affairs, Cape Cod Healthcare
  • Robert "Bert" Talerman
    Co-President, Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank
  • Julie Wake
    Executive Director, Arts Foundation of Cape Cod


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173K pdf
Feb 26, 2020
2019-12-12 Draft Meeting Minutes BCEDC
Mr. Jackson said the results are on Cape Cod Blue website ( and the data will be used to figure out how to entice kids into blue economy careers
130K pdf
Mar 19, 2020
2020-02-14 LP Grants Subcommittee Draft Meeting Minutes (1)
In October 2019, when the BCEDC Grant subcommittee last met, the group was comprised of Sheryl Walsh, Peter Karlson, and Rob Brennan and they recommended …
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Mar 19, 2020
2019-10-16 LP Grants Subcommittee Draft Meeting Minutes
Members agreed that the goal of the project is a good one, but it’s only one component of what is likely needed to be a larger strategy and partnerships might enhance the project
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