M.G.L. Chapter 121C authorizes municipalities to establish Economic Development Industrial Corporations (EDICs) as quasi-public entities for the public purpose of undertaking local economic development activities in accordance with an economic development plan. Economic development activities are restricted to the development of industrial and manufacturing properties and are designed to increase employment and eliminate decadent and blighted open areas.
An EDIC is created by a municipality to attract new industry to the community, to expand existing industries through projects financed and implemented by the EDIC, and to address unemployment and lack of business opportunity.
Who is Eligible:
Any municipality that has been designated a labor surplus area due to high unemployment by the U.S. Department of Labor is eligible to establish an EDIC under Chapter 121C. Most EDICs are established by one city or town. However, Section 3 of Chapter 121C authorizes the formation of a consolidated EDIC by two or more municipalities. DHCD strongly encourages such consolidations, especially by communities within the same labor market. In cities an affirmative vote by the city council and approval by the mayor or city manager is required to establish an EDIC. In towns, an affirmative vote at town meeting is necessary.
How it Works:
Pursuant to Chapter 121C towns must receive certification from DHCD in order to establish EDICs. Cities do not need DHCD approval. Following an affirmative vote by town meeting to establish an EDIC, the board of selectmen or chief administrative official must submit the following documents to DHCD:
- A transmittal letter from the board of selectmen or other town official requesting certification;
- A certified copy of the town meeting vote establishing the need for an EDIC and authorizing its creation;
- Evidence that there is significant demand for industrial land;
- Evidence that the Redevelopment Authority, if one exists, is unable to assemble industrial land;
- Department of Labor statistics which verify that the town is in an area of substantial unemployment;
- Documentation showing that the economic development target area in the municipality is decadent, substandard, or blighted open as defined by Chapter 121B, Section 1, is zoned for industrial or manufacturing uses, and contains no more than 45 dwelling units;
- A map identifying the economic development area; and
- A list of seven members appointed to the EDIC, including names, qualifications and terms of office.
An economic development plan is a detailed plan showing one or more economic development projects within an economic development area. No economic development project can be undertaken by an EDIC without an approved economic development plan. An economic development plan must be approved by a two-thirds vote of the city council with approval by the mayor or manager in a city, or a two-thirds vote at an annual or special town meeting in a town. Following approval of the economic development plan, the EDIC shall have all the powers and duties authorized under Chapter 121C to undertake and carry out the economic development projects covered by the plan.
For More Information:
Please contact DHCD's Division of Community Services at 617-573-1353.