Economic Development Commission


The EDC’s primary mission is to promote the economic growth of Mansfield by monitoring economic conditions and making recommendations to the Town Council. The EDC plays a lead role in implementation of the Town’s economic development strategy and partners with surrounding towns to promote business development throughout the region.

Current Initiatives

  • Opportunity Zone: The Town of Mansfield includes a federally designated Opportunity Zone for economic development as part of a census tract in northern Mansfield. This designation provides a federal tax incentive for investors to reinvest unrealized capital gains into opportunity zones through opportunity funds. Qualifying investments include a broad range of commercial and residential investments. If you are interested in learning more about the Opportunity Zone, please contact Cynthia van Zelm at or 860.429.2740.

  • Business Visitation Program: To learn more about opportunities and challenges for local businesses, Mansfield EDC representatives are meeting with local businesses. Contact EDC staff if you would like the EDC to visit your business.

  • Business Recognition: The EDC celebrates achievements and milestones of local businesses through features on the Town website and by issuing press releases to local publications. If you know of a business that is celebrating a milestone or other achievement, let us know!

  • Permitting Guide: We know that navigating your way through the permitting process can feel like you are stuck in a maze. Our new Permitting Guide was created to give you the basics on what permits you need, where to start, and who to call if you have questions.


The EDC meets on the fourth Thursday of every month (except November and December) at 5:30 p.m. in the Mansfield Community Center Conference Room.


  • John McGuire, Chair
  • Steven Ferrigno, Vice Chair
  • Ronald Beebe
  • Dirk Fecho
  • George M. Thompson III
  • Martin Hirschorn
  • Chiaku Chukwuorgor
  • Lane Watson
  • Benjamin Wiles


  • Cynthia van Zelm, Executive Director, Mansfield Downtown Partnership
  • Linda Painter, Director of Planning and Development