The BFDC is calling for applications from people interested in serving as the organization’s Executive Director. Go to the “Contact” tab to apply.

Why? Because the person who has served in that role for the last 13 years is retiring. See press statement below.

BFDC Searching for new Executive Director

The Bourne Financial Development Corporation has announced that Sallie K. Riggs is planning to retire from her role as Executive Director of the economic development corporation and that it is beginning a search for her replacement.

Ms. Riggs, one of the original incorporators of the organization in 2002, has been serving as Executive Director since December 2004. During that time, the BFDC has worked closely with Town officials toward the revitalization of Bourne’s Downtown, the Village of Buzzards Bay. Those activities have resulted in developers bringing a 100-room hotel to the Village, as well as a continuing care community that has created over 50 jobs and a 100+ unit residential project that is in the permitting phase.  Resident at a recent Town Meeting voted to approve expanding wastewater treatment capacity to support additional development and redevelopment.

The BFDC is advertising a search for someone who can assume the role of Executive Director. “It is a great job for someone who is retired and is looking for a project that is part-time and can be very rewarding,” Ms. Riggs told the BFDC Board of Directors. The effective date for Ms. Riggs’ retirement is December 31, 2017, but she has told the Board that she will be available to assist in the transition.

“Sallie’s retirement comes at a particularly interesting time in the organization’s history,” noted Board President Daniel L. Doucette. “Ten years ago, the BFDC targeted Main Street Buzzards Bay for its first project. Now the impediments to development that had been identified at that time are gone and developers are bringing potential Main Street projects to Town officials. It is time for the BFDC to look to its next major focus.”

In 2007 and 2008, the BFDC earned state grants that were used to develop a vision plan for the Village and to begin the process of expanding wastewater treatment capacity. In the years following, with the active support of the BFDC, Town Meetings have adopted 1) a Downtown Zoning District to facilitate mixed use, greater density (four stories by right), and other smart growth principles, 2) Architectural and Sign Guidelines and Standards, and 3) an Anti-Blight By-law. In April 2012 the Cape Cod Commission approved the Town’s application for a Growth Incentive Zone, removing one level of permitting and expense for potential developers.

For several years Ms. Riggs represented the BFDC on the Town’s Wastewater Advisory Committee and during her term as chair the Board of Sewer Commissioners endorsed a two-phase project to expand wastewater management capacity, including the treatment plant now in the design phase, and adopted a wastewater allocation policy for commercial properties. During her service on the Town’s Transportation Advisory Committee, and with the endorsement of the BFDC, the Town voted to join the MBTA, an act that will bring commuter rail to Downtown Bourne.

In her role as facilitator of the BFDC’s Main Street Steering Committee, Ms. Riggs ushered through the planning process and assisted in securing Community Preservation Act funds to restore and upgrade the Buzzards Bay Park.