At a recent meeting of the Massachusetts Economic Development Council held at Salvatore's Restaurant in Boston, David Maher, economic development director for the town of Ayer was nominated and approved to the MEDC Board of Directors.

Maher currently serves as the director of community and economic development for the town of Ayer, a position he has held for nearly three years. Previously, Maher served for nearly 10 years in numerous capacities including director of economic development for the city of Cranston, R.I.

Maher said he was elated when Rob Hubbard, economic director for the city of Gardner, who himself has held many board positions for MEDC, asked if he would be interested in being nominated to the board. Hubbard noted that Maher has continued to be an active supportive member of MEDC activities since joining in his first year in Ayer. Having also worked for Ayer for many years, Hubbard noted that there have been some excellent projects accomplished since Maher's arrival and the economic development direction has remained focused and productive during his tenure.

Maher commented that this is a great opportunity for him to bring back first-hand knowledge and programs to not only Ayer but to the surrounding area's businesses and business groups as well as to be a facilitator and spokesperson of issues and recommendations back to the council from Ayer and neighboring constituents. He will be serving a three year at-large term through December of 2015.

On hearing the news, Ayer Town Administrator Robert Pontbriand, who himself was and is deeply involved with many successful economic development activities in Ayer as well as formerly in Fitchburg said, "It is a great opportunity for David and the Town of Ayer for him to be on the board of directors of MEDC. David has played a key role in strengthening the town's relationships with the business community as well as being a champion for the economic development of Ayer."

MEDC has as its primary objective the promotion and development of the economic welfare of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts through industrial and economic development.