A regional marketing and development initiative that highlights priority development projects and provides quick links to key municipal officials, zoning information, and community organizations.

Featured Development Sites

Lower Millyard – Heritage Park

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The project area is an extension of Amesbury’s successful Upper Millyard redevelopment effort and includes numerous 19th century historic mills. It abuts the recently completed $10 million Merrimack Valley Regional Transportation Center, and the City’s 1.25 million dollar reconstruction of Elm Street, which provides pedestrian access to the Transportation Center. The project area also abuts the City’s Central Business District (CBD). Having undergone a significant transition over the past two decades, the CBD is now composed of mixed use buildings that include retail, commercial, office, and residential uses. Compact neighborhoods adjoin the area with residents utilizing the Upper Millyard Parks and the Lower Millyard walkways.


Chestnut Innovation CenterCarriage house in Amesbury

Innovation. Growth. Partnerships. Connectivity. You will get all of this and mode at the Chestnut Innovation Center in Amesbury. Located in a 100-year old mill building, the CIC offers a groundbreaking approach for scale-up stage manufacturers to do business within a 160,000 square foot campus. The CIC provides flexible lease terms, support services, and a collaborative work environment of complementary businesses. Check out the Tenant Showcase to see the innovative businesses that have found the ideal place to scale up at the CIC.

Featured Community Project

Amesbury’s Riverwalk

AmesburyPowwowRiverwalk3Unique to the North Shore of Boston, Amesbury’s scenic pedestrian walkway and bike path winds along the Powow River, providing a “greenway” along the old Boston & Maine railbed from Amesbury’s historic downtown Upper Millyard and Market Square to the Carriagetown Marketplace along Route 110. The Riverwalk is part of a growing network of trails through Amesbury, Salisbury, Newburyport, and Newbury.

The Riverwalk is one of Amesbury’s undiscovered gems. Beautiful scenery and nature surround kids, young and old, while they stroll, bike, roller-blade or just discover the beautiful historic area of Amesbury, Massachusetts.

Plants and Animals of the Powwow River

The Powwow River joins the Merrimack River in Amesbury and they both reach the sea at Plum Island. The Powwow River’s close proximity to the ocean and its tidal nature make it an important, and relatively rare, natural resource. A multitude of plant and animal species call the Powwow River home, and may be spotted while walking along the river.

Economic Development in Amesbury

Whittier Bridge under construction 65% complete JJWDID YOU KNOW?  The 2016 Boston Business Journal’s Book of Who’s Who Ranked The Whittier Bridge Replacement/I-95 Improvement Project Over the Merrimack River in Amesbury/Newburyport/Salisbury As the 8th Largest Construction Project in Massachusetts Underway as of July 2015!!!!    


Preferred Locations for Economic Incentives:  The City is particularly interested in TIF Agreements that support projects that enhance areas zoned as Industrial and Commercial. The Economic Opportunity Area (EOA) must be established commensurate with the application for an incentive. The areas outlined herein represent locations that are preferred for an EOA and therefore for a TIF or other incentive. Specifically the City will consider incentive applications for the areas listed in this document.

Amesbury fallsAmesbury is an Economic Target Area, an Economically Distressed Area, and has the Golden Triangle as a Priority Development Site (43D Site for Expedited Permitting).  The City stands poised to offer economic incentives in all the right places in their community!

What is there to do in Amesbury? Take a jaunt to Cider Hill Farm to pick your own fruits, berries and pumpkins or order some pies.  Check out some of the many dining options such as the Barking Dog Bar and Grill, the Flatbread Company, No. 8 Kitchen & Spirits, Acapulcos Mexican Family Restaurant,  Ristorante Molise, Crave,  The Hollow Cafe, Jade 3, or The Barn Pub and Grille!, just to name a few.  Click HERE to read what all these business incentives mean about doing business in Amesbury!!