Who We Are

The Newtown Economic Development Commission’s mission is to implement orderly and planned economic development that is in keeping with the character of the town. We seek to involve all the agencies, commissions, boards and departments and residents and business owners in Newtown which are involved in, or affected by economic development.

Contact us by email at edc@newtown.org or call us at (203) 270-4282

Commission Members

R-Thompson, Wes - Chair1/6/19-1/6/22203-426-1905190 Walnut Tree Hill Road
R-Robinson, Jeffrey - Vice Chair3/4/19-1/6/23
D-Fallon, Valerie1/6/19-1/6/22203-215-81696 Hall Lane
D-Owen, Cramer Hill1/6/18-1/6/21
R-Roussas, Nick1/6/19-1/6/22
R-Roznicki, Al1/6/18-1/6/21203-270-6330169 Hanover Road
D-Synder, Barbara1/6/19-1/6/22203-482-512929 West Street

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Wes Thompson - Chairman
Wes Thompson - Chairman
PO Box 189
Sandy Hook, CT 06482
  • SCORE Danbury, Newtown
  • Newtown Economic Development Commission
  • Danbury Hospital Patient/Family Advisory Council and PIC
Jeffrey Robinson - Vice Chairman
Jeffrey Robinson - Vice Chairman

Jeffrey has lived in Newtown for over 25 years where he helped raise his two sons, Mason and Dana. He began his 38-year banking career at Connecticut National Bank in Bridgeport. Robinson remained with the bank through its many mergers, acquisitions and name changes including Hartford National, Shawmut and Fleet. He joined Northfork Bank, now Capital One, for a short period of time in their New York middle market lending area. Finally settling in at Commerce Bank, now TD Bank. Robinson experienced all sides of banking from new business development early in his career to problem asset management when the economy deteriorated to credit approval and underwriting. He spent most of his career in business lending in the regional and middle market segments in Connecticut and New York including real estate lending and private banking. Robinson is a graduate of Northeastern University with Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. He is Board Treasurer and a member of the loan committee for Capital for Change with offices in Hartford, New Haven and Bridgeport. C4C is a nonprofit CDFI with primary programs to broaden access to affordable housing and energy efficiency in underserved communities.

Valerie Fallon
6 Hall Lane
Newtown, CT 06470

Valerie and her husband Chris have lived in Newtown since 1997 where they’ve raised their three daughters, Cassie, Kate and Kiersten.  Valerie spent 17 of these years working as a marketing consultant for a number of different advertising agencies and consumer packaged goods companies within Connecticut. This experience along with an MBA from New York University and a strong network of business connections led to the launch of her own staffing agency, VBF Resources, in 2014. The company specializes in the placement of permanent and temporary staffing within marketing and IT disciplines.  VBF Resources is WBENC certified and approved for conducting business not only in the private sector but on both the state and federal level.  Valerie has been involved in various volunteer roles within the community including the local public school system which her children attended. She’s also been a mentor for SCORE since 2014, a national, nonprofit association that helps launch and grow small businesses. Valerie is thrilled to be a part of the EDC which she believes to be critical to the overall ‘health’ of the community.

Cramer Hill Owen, II
Cramer Hill Owen, II
Newtown, CT

Cramer Owen has spent over 35 years managing, advising and leading manufacturers and financial services enterprises on ways to grow and profit by expanding product & service sales throughout the world. A subject matter expert on asset based financing & leasing, Owen has successfully represented and assisted multinational manufacturers, their finance subsidiaries and independent global finance enterprises in achieving growth and profit objectives. In 2016, Owen established an advisory enterprise, CH2 Capital Advisors, LLC to provide consulting services to industrial manufacturers and financial services enterprises. In addition, Owen is a consultant for SCORE, a national, nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship. Prior to this, Owen was National Leasing Manager with Key Equipment Finance, a division of Key Bank, N.A. In addition, Owen spent over three decades in various management roles with multinational banks and manufacturers including Rabobank, Wells Fargo, GE Capital, Daimler A.G. and PACCAR Inc. Owen is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and Thunderbird, The American Graduate School of International Management with a Masters of Business Administration in finance. Owen has been a resident of Newtown since 1996 with his wife, Maureen Crick Owen.

Al Roznicki
Al Roznicki
169 Hanover Road
Newtown, CT 06470

Mr. Roznicki has over 40 years of professional experience in various marketing, sales, financial and administrative positions in the healthcare and aerospace industry. Expertise has been developed in contract negotiation, research and development administration, organizational research, acquisition analysis and strategic and long range planning, having directed those functions at AMF (1960-65), Perkin Elmer (1965-72) and Technicon Instruments Corporation (1972-88). He has worked closely with prominent professors at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan Center) and the University of Pittsburgh in the development of advanced management practices and has written a variety of manuals for several major companies. While working with Technicon, he established a Joint Research Laboratory for the development of various monoclonal antibodies in China and held the position of Co-Chairman of the Joint Board of Directors. The venture with the Shanghai Second Medical University was conceived, negotiated, implemented and operational in a period of nine months from initial contact with Chinese officials. Mr. Roznicki was a founder of Business Development Resources Incorporated. The company, established in 1988, provided services to clients in strategic and long range planning, business planning and financial analysis, marketing and sales development, product development and investment funding. BDR Medical, a spin off of Business Development Resources Inc., was established in 1992 and provided a wide range of chemistries to hospitals and private laboratories for the determinatio and quantification of specific analytes in blood. Prior to the sale of the company in 1992, Mr. Roznicki was a principal, CEO and member of the Board of Directors, of MedMark International Inc. The company provided decontamination / sterilization instrumentation for the safe processing of medical infectious waste to hospitals and private laboratories. Mr. Roznicki majored in economics at Bucknell University with a minor in chemistry. Linking both business and technical degrees provided the basis for work in the high technology market segment. In addition, he has acquired an Executive MBA from the University of Pittsburgh.

Barbara Snyder
Barbara Snyder
29 West Street
Newtown, CT 06470

Newtown is a very special place.

My husband and I met here in 1982, while working at Taunton Press.  We relocated for work reasons but had the good fortune to move back in 2002. I have been working as a full-time real estate agent since 2003.  My back ground in project management, family advocacy, marketing and development has enabled me to build a successful career.  The opportunity to meet and interact with so many different people in the community has deepened my appreciation for issues relating to Economic Development.

When I am not working I enjoy walking my Labrador Ollie at Fairfield Hills, and spending time with husband, my two children and my twin granddaughters.