About Ashford's Economic Development Commission

The Mission of Ashford's Economic Development Commission is to help with, and encourage the growth of existing businesses while seeking the development of new business, which will be compatible with the philosophy of our rural community. The purpose of these goals is to expand our tax base in a positive manner and to enable local government to provide goods and services sought by the town and its citizens.

Members of the board include:
Co-Chair Dick Williams
John Calarese
  • Chairman Richard Williams is a business owner and consultant. He is a former corporate senior manager with expertise in engineering and insurance, and is actively involved in state regulatory affairs.
  • Margaret Chatey (Vice Chair) is an Ashford business owner and consultant with experience in advertising and marketing communications services.
  • Raymond Fenn, a retired division marketing director with insurance and management asset background, is involved with several town commissions and projects.
  • Kay Warren, a retired graphic designer, is civic-minded and is involved with boards and commissions serving education, historic and senior interests (Alternate)
  • John Calarese, a 22-year resident of Ashford, works as a sales manager in industrial distribution, and offers broad business and real estate expertise to the commission.
  • Michael Gantic is a professional engineer with over 35 years of infrastructure development and municipal public works experience.
  • John Rettenmeier, is an Ashford business owner and IT Project Management Consultant. He has volunteered with many Ashford programs and projects for the last 20 years.
  • Gary Lawrence, is a long-time resident of the area and has expertise in real estate and real estate development.
  • William Darcy is a business owner and attorney with experience in municipal government, environmental management, public utility regulation and labor relations.
Raymond Fenn and Vice Chair Margaret Chatey.  AEDC supports a proprietary Buy Local campaign to encourage residents to support local businesses.  To assist local business owners, AEDC hosted a representative of Connecticut's Small Business Resource Center at its table at the recent ABA Business Showcase.

And what about you? New members with new ideas are invited.
Click here to apply.
We have vacancies for two Regular members and two Alternate members.