We work on transformative projects that improve the experience and reputation of Lowell.

The Lowell Plan, Inc. is a private non-profit economic development organization that ensures the City of Lowell is a successful, thriving place for all to live, learn, work, play, and grow a business in a rapidly changing global economy.

Since 1975, financial institutions and private developers have collaborated to restore the historical integrity of Lowell. Partnerships: Building on our Success, we celebrated the 35th anniversary of the Lowell Plan and the 40th anniversary of the Lowell Development & Financial Corporation.

This is a period of unprecedented public and private investment in Lowell. View “Lowell Means Business,” "Lowell- A 2020 Vision" and "There's a lot to like about Lowell" to learn about our competitive edge.

The Lowell Plan held its annual breakfast on October 5, 2018 to talk about the importance of a collective vision and featured a video that illustrates some of the key principles and action items highlighted in the Lowell Plan’s recently adopted Strategic Plan. 


Lowell - A 2020 Vision

A Collective Vision

Courtesy: Tory Germann Photography on behalf of Lowell Plan

Lowell Plan Speaker's Series

The Lowell Plan held its latest installment of their Speaker's Series on May 10, 2018 at the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center.  The six member panel was made up of past and present Lowell Plan Public Matters participants to share their perspectives on the City of Lowell.   Pictured below are panelists Heather Doss, Geoff Foster, Linda Sou, Anthony Nganga, Cathy Mercado, and Craig Thomas.  Please read more.

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Lowell Plan Public Matters

The Lowell Plan’s Civic Engagement Program


To increase civic engagement among Lowell's diverse population, The Lowell Plan, in partnership with Lowell National Historical Park, annually recruits a cross-section of individuals from the business and nonprofit sectors, neighborhood activists, community practitioners, and planners of exceptional skill who work or live in the city. The candidates must display leadership ability and have the potential to take that capacity to a higher level.

Lowell Plan Public Matters provides an opportunity to immerse yourself in this city's history, revitalization, and plans for the future; to meet civic leaders and learn from their experience; to discuss case studies of significant and controversial projects; to pause in the middle of your careers and personal lives to take stock of what you have learned and experienced; expand your skills among talented colleagues in a great city; and to chart the next phase of your involvement in Lowell. For more information, read Lowell Plan Public Matters.

On April 12, 2017 the title of the Lowell Plan Public Matters session was The Big Move; Immigration.  Alums from previous Lowell Plan Public Matters classes discussed their experiences and we were joined by special guest Reem Niyazi from Baghdad.  There is an upcoming on Reem's experiences.  Read more, Documentary.

Lowell Plan Public Matters Class of 2018

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2018 Lowell Plan Public Matters Concluding Session

Photo Credit:  Meghan Moore




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Nationally Recognized

Jeff Speck

Nationally recognized urban planner Jeff Speck meets with Lydia Blanchard to prep for his keynote address to the Lowell Plan membership (October 2nd, 2014). Lydia is former owner of Sweet Lydia’s.

Lowell Downtown Evolution Plan

Executive Summary

Download a copy of the Executive Summary of the Lowell Downtown Evolution Plan (PDF).  Download a low resolution version of the full report (PDF). Depending on your internet speed, these downloads may take a few minutes.