Ecotourism Steering Committee

Princeton Ecotourism Steering Committee will serve at the direction of the Selectboard and will work with the Town Administrator and Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission (CMRPC) to develop an ecotourism economic development strategy that respects, protects, and leverages the economic opportunities offered by Princeton’s natural rural character. This plan will act as a resource for Town officials in creating related projects, evaluating funding requests and prioritizing initiatives.  The plan will develop objectives to protect land and ecosystems, use natural resources wisely, make efficient decisions and mitigate and adapt to climate change.
 
Members
This committee will consist of five (5) to seven (7)voting members appointed by the Selectboard.
 
  • One member of the Planning Board
  • Three members from the Business Community
  • One Representative from Trails Around Princeton
  • Two members at large
 
Non-voting members will include the Town Administrator, a member of the Environmental Action Committee, and the Advisory Committee.
 
Charge
The Committee will assist CMRPC with the development of an Ecotourism Economic Development Plan that will focus on strategies that conserve the environment, support the local economy, and celebrate Princeton’s heritage and rural character.  Assistance will be provided for the following project tasks:
  • Project Management
  • Orientation and Research
  • Asset Mapping
  • Identification and development of revenue generating opportunities for the Town
  • Strength, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT analysis)
  • Strategy Articulation
  • Community Engagement and Events
  • Identification of Issues, Opportunities and Recommendations
  • Development of and Implementation Plan
  • Plan Development and Publication
 
Resident Inclusion
The Committee will be responsible for resident inclusion throughout this project, including but not limited to, actively engaging and informing residents through all appropriate media channels, and encouraging attendance and input at Committee meetings.
 
Reporting
The Committee will report progress to the Selectboard as requested.  In addition, the Committee’s webpage will be updated to keep residents informed. The final plan will be submitted to the Planning Board for adoption.
NameRoleTerm Ending

Martin Sterman

member

6/30/24

Victoria Hawks

member

6/30/24

Susan Downing

member

6/30/24

Richy Bisk

EAC liaison - non voting

Susan Connell

member

6/30/24

Phil Gott

Selectboard liason - non voting

6/30/24

Jean Green

member

6/30/24