Economic Development Commission

Welcome! This webpage is intended to provide all new and existing businesses in the Town of Westerly with guidance, assistance, resources, and information in dealing with local and state government.

Click here to view the 2021 Meeting Calendar for the Economic Development Commission. Minutes and Agendas are posted on the Open Meetings page on the Rhode Island Secretary of State's website - Click here to view

COVID-19 Resources
If your business is being impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, please click here to visit the Town of Westerly's centralized COVID-19 Resources portal for businesses and nonprofits.

About the Commission
The Economic Development Commission (EDC) is a seven-member public body established by the Town Council and supported by the Department of Development Services. The Commission meets regularly on the third Wednesday of each month at 4:00PM ET in Town Hall. Commissioners welcome your input and encourage suggestions. Please click here to learn more about the Commissioners.

Want to Address the Commission?
If you'd like to speak before the Commission or request that a matter be placed on an upcoming agenda, please contact the Town Manager's Office.

Business Resources
The Rhode Island Department of State is making it easier for you to start or grow a business in Rhode Island. Receive full-service support through free, customized packages that make it easier to apply for financing, obtain permits, grow your network, and get answers from government at every level.

The Rhode Island Small Business Administration (SBA) has developed many small business loan and assistance programs, special outreach efforts and initiatives to aid and inform small businesses. The SBA offers a variety of resources through its Small Business Resource Network, which includes partners like the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE), and Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC).

The EDC has a created a Business Process Map to help guide businesses through the required steps for obtaining the necessary local licenses and approvals.

FAQs on grants for businesses subject to new virus-related restrictions