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20 Centre Street, third floor
Middleborough, MA 02346
(508) 946-2402

Janis K. Akerstrom, Director

Welcome to the Town of Middleborough's
Office of Economic & Community Development

The Middleborough Office of Economic and Community Development (OECD) was created by the Town’s Board of Selectmen in September of 1998.  At its inception, the Department was funded through the US HUD Community Development Block Grant program and was responsible for obtaining, implementing and administering grant projects for Town affordable housing, economic and community development efforts. 

The role of OECD has expanded over the years and the department is now a permanent part of the municipality’s infrastructure.  OECD plans and implements the Town’s economic development/revitalization goals and community development and affordable housing initiatives and services. It continues to obtain and administer CDBG, State and non-profit grants and their projects.

Programs and services of the Office of Economic and Community Development therefore fall into two major areas:

I. Economic Development

The OECD  provides a range of support in promoting economic development opportunities and addressing needs of existing businesses.  This includes business advocacy, commercial district revitalization, retail development, business attraction and retention, connecting developers and property owners, tracking available commercial space, infrastructure improvements, business related workshops, job fairs, and grants researching/writing.

II. Housing & Community Development

Since 1998, the OECD has received more than $8 million dollars in economic and community development grant funds from the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.  These funds have been used to improve local infrastructure, support housing rehabilitation, create affordable housing units, and provide matching funds for economic development projects within the Middleborough downtown district.    

Housing and community development go hand in hand with economic sustainability.  In addition to affordable housing initiatives and related CDBG infrastructure improvement projects, the OECD has responsibility for supporting overall economic development in the Town working collaboratively with the Town Manager’s office and other Town departments.


The OECD works collaboratively with local business and economic development groups such as Middleborough on the Move, the Middleborough Tourism Committee, the Greater Attleboro-Taunton HOME Consortium, the Cranberry Country Chamber of Commerce, and the Southeastern Regional Planning & Economic Development District (SRPEDD) Regional Economic Strategy Committee.

Please feel free to stop by our office at the 20 Centre Street, third floor or contact: Janis K. Akerstrom (508) 946-2402 or email: