Economic Development Advisory Committee

Members

  • Robert M. Silva, Chairman (Term expires January 1, 2026)
  • John W. Bagwill, Member (1/23)
  • David Dittmann, Member (1/26)
  • Erin Donovan-Boyle, Newport County Chamber of Commerce, Ex Officio Member (Indefinite)
  • Liana Ferreira Fenton (1/24)
  • Terri Flynn, Council Liaison (11/22)
  • Tom Kowalczyk, Member (1/26)
  • David Lepore, Member (1/26)
  • Barbara VonVillas, Council Liaison (11/22)
  • Ron Wolanski, Town Planner, Ex Officio member, (Indefinite)
  • Vacancy (1/24)

Mission

The Middletown Economic Development Advisory Committee (MEDAC) is charged by the Town Council with addressing the following tasks:

  • Investigate and recommend actions and programs that the town should consider in order to promote and support business development, such as incentives and other programs as might be deemed appropriate, with particular attention paid to the following sectors:
    • Advanced Manufacturing
    • Agriculture
    • Defense/Technology Industry
    • Healthcare
    • Marine Trades
    • Retail Commercial
    • Tourism/Hospitality
  • Undertake activities that promote Middletown as a desirable location to do business, including regular outreach to local businesses, and marketing activities, such as ongoing maintenance of the MEDAC website, and participation in various local, state, and regional business promotional events and meetings.
  • Participate in any discussions regarding regional economic development efforts, and advise the Town Council as to the appropriate level of town participation in such efforts.
  • Support efforts to enhance the educational pipeline providing qualified applicants to fill positions with local businesses. This may include support of state workforce training efforts, mentoring and internship programs, and participation in discussions regarding pre-kindergarten through 16 curricula.
  • Identify opportunities to streamline the local permitting and licensing processes, and recommend changes to address onerous regulations and unnecessary burdens that might inhibit desirable and appropriate business development in Middletown.