Welcome to the Lowell Plan


This is a period of unprecedented public and private investment in Lowell. View “Lowell Means Business” and learn about our competitive edge.



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 (1) provides a forum for private and public sector leaders to discuss Lowell’s economic, educational, and cultural development; and (2) supports and advocates for partnership programs that advance the strategic goals of the organization.

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

Lowell - A 2020 Vision

Courtesy: Tory Germann Photography on behalf of Lowell Plan



Public Matters Members 2017


(left to right) Claire Ricker, Caleb Chang, Rich Denio, Marisa Veiga, Cathy Mercado, Jeff Brunelle, Lisa Bettencourt, Pat Kenney, Sara Khun, Donna Corbin, Kate Thoene, Katie Stoll, Karen Davis, Heather Prince Doss, Colleen Gordon,  Resi Polixa, Brian Hanehan, Joey Bahn, Christine Bruins, and Steve Horan.

Photos above are of the June 21st event. 

Please view Heather Prince Doss' remarks at the concluding session held Wednesday, June 21: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxKOSkjOPBM


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.

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.

Read brief bios of the members of Public Matters 2017.


The Lowell Plan Breakfast

save the Date

7:00 am, October 5, 2017

UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center

50 Warren Street

Join us for a discussion on Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship

The Lowell Plan is committed to making a lasting impact on the community. Our Members are proud to lead and engage in a broad array of civic efforts throughout the city.

Though not limited only to these areas, the Lowell Plan and its Members are committed to:

·         Focusing on Economic Development and the Creative Economy

·         Acting as a Catalyst for Civic Improvement

·         Partnering with the Public Sector

·         Encouraging Civic Engagement through Public Matters

·         Supporting the Creative Economy

·         Propelling Economic Growth by Supporting Education Initiatives


The Lowell Plan Breakfast is open to members and their guests. Watch for your invitation.




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 owner of Sweet Lydia’s and serves on the Lowell Plan Board of Directors.

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.

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