Click here to read the 2018 NWCT Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS).
Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS)
We Have a Plan
Working together is success. Contact us to find out how you can help. The CEDS is lead by three key partners, contact us for more information:
Read below to learn more about our 5 core economic development focus areas and specific initiatives currently underway.
We are hosting a series of CEDS launch events across the region: Friday, July 27th at Five Points Gallery in Torrington, CT at 6:30 p.m.; and Washington, CT (date TBD).
For more info, contact Jocelyn Ayer.
Northwest Connecticut Economic Development Corporation
The primary role of the NWCT EDC is to develop and implement the region’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS).
The Northwest CT Economic Development Corporation (NWCT EDC) is a public-private partnership (501c4) working closely with the NW CT Chamber of Commerce and the Northwest Hills Council of Governments to improve the economic well-being of the 21 municipalities in Northwest CT.
Chair: Don Stein, First Selectman – Town of Barkhamsted
Vice Chair: William Riiska– Attorney
Secretary: Sharon Waagner, Communications Director – Torrington Downtown Partners
Treasurer: Rista Malanca, Director of Economic Development – City of Torrington
Denise Raap, First Selectman – Town of Litchfield
Gordon Ridgway, First Selectman – Town of Cornwall
JoAnn Ryan, President & CEO – Northwest Connecticut Chamber of Commerce
Henry Todd, First Selectman – Town of Canaan (Falls Village)
Amy Wynn, Executive Director – American Mural Project
Staff: Jocelyn Ayer, Community & Economic Development Director– Northwest Hills Council of Governments
Board of Directors:
Catherine Awwad, Executive Director- NW Regional Workforce Investment Board
Christian Allyn, Selectman – Town of North Canaan & Small Business Owner
Evan Berns, President & CEO – Seitz LLC
Kevin Blair – Burlington EDC & Altek Electronics
Jim Brinton, First Selectman – Town of Washington
Bill Brown – Norfolk EDC
Dan Bolognani, Executive Director – Housatonic Heritage Area
Steph Burr, Executive Director- NWCT Arts Council
Renee Betar- Litchfield EDC and Litchfield Farm Fresh Market
Janet Carlson, Commission Chair- Cornwall Economic Development Commission
Elinor Carbone, Mayor, City of Torrington
Rich Carmelich, Chief Operations Officer – EdAdvance
Brent Colley, First Selectman – Town of Sharon
Rufus de Rham, Executive Director – Northwest CT Arts Council
Dennis Dressel- Winsted EDC
Brian Mattiello Regional VP – Charlotte Hungerford Hospital
Laura McCarthy- Northwestern CT Community College
Judith McElhone, Founding Executive Director – Five Points Gallery
Candy Perez, Mayor- Town of Winchester
Guy Rovezzi, President – NW CT Community Foundation
Dan Sherr- Town of Washington
Bob Valentine, First Selectman – Town of Goshen
Dawn Whalen- Town of New Hartford
Kevin Witkos- State Senator and Eversource
Catherine Awwad, Executive Director – Northwest Regional Workforce Investment Board
Elinor Carbone, Mayor – City of Torrington
Rick Lynn, Executive Director – Northwest Hills Council of Governments
Candy Perez, Mayor – Town of Winchester