Devens Economic Impact
Devens 20th Anniversary Celebration
On Friday, June 10, 2016, the community gathered to celebrate Devens 20th Anniversary. Nashoba Valley Chamber is honored to have been a part of the event, including being recognized by MassDevelopment for our role in Devens history.
Here is an excerpt from the speech Chamber president, Melissa Fetterhoff, gave at the event:
"As a child growing up in Littleton, Fort Devens was prominent in my upbringing. I have fond memories of visits to family and friends that were stationed on base and Countless Fourth of July fireworks celebrations.
In my role as President of the Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce, I represent over 600 businesses throughout the region. I have been fortunate to witness and play a small part in this amazing transformation which has resulted in Fort Devens becoming the Community of Devens.
When the BRAC process began, there was certainly much anxiety and trepidation. Local businesses feared a loss of income and no one knew how the closure would affect the region's economy.
And so, I applaud MassDevelopment, my colleagues on the Devens Enterprise Commission and the citizens of Ayer, Harvard, and Shirley for the exceptional work they have done to create and sustain an attractive and collaborative business environment here. Because of their work, Devens has truly become an economic engine in the Commonwealth and now serves as a model for base closures throughout the nation. In twenty short years, their investment has not only replaced the jobs lost, but infused the local economy with millions of dollars of economic activity.
The Nashoba Valley Chamber has enjoyed a long and mutually rewarding relationship with MassDevelopment and by extension, the community of Devens. We’ve worked together on a number of initiatives, projects and celebrations. I have no doubt that this strong partnership will continue to grow and thrive. And to the businesses that have made Devens their home, thank you for your for believing in the future of this special place and for the commitment you have shown.
In closing, Thank you MassDevelopment for all you’ve brought to our region, our community, our home. I look forward to what the next twenty years will bring!"
To celebrate the anniversary, MassDevelopment created a series of short videos which are linked in the left column. More information at MassDevelopment/Devens
John Love (Sentinel & Enterprise/Lowell Sun) and John Gervais (Gervais Ford)
Robert Campbell (Shriver Job Corps Center) and Melissa Fetterhoff (Nashoba Valley Chamber)
Melissa Fetterhoff, Bonnie Biocchi (Metro West Habitat for Humanity) and Meg Delorier (MassDevelopment)
MassDevelopment Videos Celebrating Devens 20th Anniversary Celebration