Friday, March 27, 2015

Congressman Kennedy Visits FDP Office -- Press Release

U.S. Congressman Joe Kennedy III visited the Franklin Downtown Partnership office Friday afternoon to hear first-hand about two initiatives the nonprofit group has been involved with.
Those projects include a partnership linking local small business owners with Dean College business students and the Roadway and Streetscape Improvement Project.
Kennedy spoke with FDP Executive Director Lisa Piana and Robert Cuomo, Dean of the School of Business at Dean College, about a new initiative that pairs business students with local small businesses to create business plans.
Congressman Kennedy (right) met with FDP Executive Director Lisa Piana and others Friday afternoon at the Partnership's office downtown. 

Kennedy discussed a new initiative linking Dean College business students with local small business owners with Dr. Robert Cuomo, Dean of the School of Business at Dean College. 

The owners of Franklin Yoga & Wellness, Making Whoopie, Pour Richard’s Wine & Spirits, and Drama Kids of Metro West are working with students to develop and enhance all aspects of their business plans. According to Cuomo, the businesses benefit from free planning help while the Dean students gain real-world experience in developing and growing small companies.

Director of Planning and Community Development Bryan Taberner explained the impact the Roadway and Streetscape Improvement Program will have on downtown Franklin. 

Kennedy also reviewed plans for the upcoming Roadway and Streetscape Improvement Project slated to begin in April. Bryan Taberner, Director of Planning and Community Development for the Town of Franklin, described how the project will improve traffic circulation, road conditions, emergency response times and pedestrian safety while enhancing the downtown’s overall appearance and promoting private sector investment.
The project has been in the planning stages for nine years; Congressman Kennedy’s uncle, the late Senator Ted Kennedy, was instrumental is securing $5 million in federal funds for the project in 2006.
Lisa Piana explains some of the numerous revitalization and improvement projects the Partnership has been involved with since 2001. 

The congressman’s visit to the FDP office was one of several stops he made in Franklin Friday. Earlier in the day Kennedy took part in a manufacturing roundtable discussion, toured Franklin High School, and ate lunch at the Rome Restaurant. He later paid a visit to The Black Box.
The Franklin Downtown Partnership is a nonprofit, 501©3 organization made up of business owners, community leaders and residents working to revitalize downtown Franklin. While well known for their successful events, including the Strawberry Stroll, Harvest Festival and Holiday Stroll, the FDP takes an active role in downtown improvement projects like streetscape design and beautification efforts. The Partnership currently has close to 200 members and welcomes all businesses and residents.
Please visit our website,, follow us on Facebook at, and on Twitter at @FranklinDowntwn. For more information contact Executive Director Lisa Piana at (774) 571-3109 or


Thursday, March 26, 2015

General Meeting Thursday, April 2

Please join us for the FDP General Meeting next Thursday, April 2, 8:30 a.m. at the Dean College Campus Center. 

The main agenda item will be a downtown Streetscape construction project discussion to update everyone on the timeline, traffic issues and details. 

The full meeting agenda will be announced early next week.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

2015 Membership Application

Spring is a time of renewal, and it's the perfect time to join the Franklin Downtown Partnership or renew your membership. Please join us and help to grow downtown Franklin into a stronger, vibrant community center.

2015 Membership Application

Mail the form with your check to: Franklin Downtown Partnership, 
P.O. Box 413, Franklin, MA 02038. 

Membership Privileges:
  • Downtown Informational Meetings with guest speakers
  • A Voice in economic development and streetscape plans
  • Downtown Merchant Opportunities: Annual Strawberry Stroll and Holiday Stroll
  • Communication Updates on downtown events and streetscape projects
  • Networking Luncheons & Socials where you can meet people and introduce your business
  • Free link on the FDP website
Your membership dues support events including the Strawberry Stroll on June 11th, Beautification Day on May 16, Holiday Decorating on November 22, and the Holiday Stroll on December 3. These events, along with projects like new greenspace, public sculptures, and downtown signs are all part of our revitalization efforts.

Please note, the Harvest Festival will be postponed for one year due to the planned Streetscape construction project that is scheduled to begin this spring. 

Current FDP members will receive invoices via email for 2015 membership renewal. 

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Member Announcements: New Members, FEF Trivia Bee

Welcome New Members:

* The Marketing Studio
To learn more about this full-service marketing group go to, or follow on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

* The PC Handyman
Ed Szymanski offers a full range of PC services, including service and repair, and even makes house calls:

Membership Renewals will be mailed to current FDP members shortly. Interested in membership? Here's a link to our Membership Application.

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Franklin Education Foundation Trivia Bee April 8

According to Franklin Matters, teams are still needed for this friendly competition/fundraiser.