About Ashford's Economic Development Commission

The Mission of Ashford's Economic Development Commission Our mission is to assist and encourage both existing and potential new businesses. We are guided by the belief that our business community should be compatible with our rural character. We also seek to expand the tax base and provide residents with needed services and local employment.

Members of the board include:
EDC Chairman Richard Williams
John Calarese
  • EDC 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 Gantick 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 openings for Regular and Alternate members. Click here to apply