RUMFORD – The town’s Economic Development Committee will discuss a proposed casino for Oxford County and bringing additional college and training courses to the area when it meets on Wednesday.

The first meeting of the selectmen-appointed committee is at 5 p.m. in the Municipal Auditorium.

Coordinator Phil Blampied said he believes the all-volunteer committee is a cost-effective means to boost the area’s economic climate. Members will meet monthly.

They’ll be reimbursed for mileage, postage and copying costs when they pursue a project. The town agreed to take the expected several hundred dollars needed for reimbursements from the economic development account, Blampied said.

The initial meeting will serve to launch volunteers into projects they are interested in pursuing, he said, and not those they don’t wish to pursue.

The committee’s first agenda includes presentations by Seth Carey on bringing a casino to the area and a long-term idea of developing a biofuel refinery.

Parks Department Director Tim Gallant will discuss the possibility of offering additional college programs in the area.

Mark Henry, a Roxbury resident who operates the nonprofit business Good Fisher, will talk on combining education, training, marketing and mentoring for craftspeople and others who create food-related products.

“Our initial job will be research,” Blampied said.

Subcommittees or individuals will decide which projects to pursue, then report back to the committee.

The committee is open-ended. Although 13 people have been appointed, Blampied said others may join.

“This will be a clearing house for volunteer efforts for economic development,” he said.


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