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PO Box 641

Wolfeboro, NH 03894



PO Box 641 
Wolfeboro NH 03894


Carmen Lorentz


A Belknap County native, Carmen Lorentz studied international affairs at George Washington University and spent several years in Washington, DC addressing foreign policy issues and working at an international foundation. She earned her Master’s degree at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy and later analyzed state economic development policies at New York’s Public Management Institute.

She returned to the Granite State in 2011 to become the executive director of the Belknap Economic Development Council, responsible for its strategic goals of enhancing the region’s workforce; retaining and attracting young talent and encouraging creative entrepreneurs.

By a unanimous vote of the Executive Council in January 2014, Carmen was appointed as the director of the New Hampshire Division of Economic Development, where she will oversee the mission of the division, including business retention and recruitment, government procurement and international trade.

Currently, Carmen serves as the Executive Director of  Lakes Region Community Developers, developers of high-quality affordable housing, based in Laconia.

Chris Wellington
Mr. Wellington joined CRDC in June 2017 as its first dedicated business development and project management officer. Chris is responsible for establishing relationships with CRDC's lending partners to identify lending opportunities. He is also charged with working with our municipal partners and the real estate development community to identify impactful real estate projects where CRDC's financial assistance might add value to the project. CRDC is focused on high impact investments in Claremont, Newport, Franklin, Concord and Manchester. Chris previously served as the executive director of the Grafton Regional Development Corporation, and as a business development specialist for the State of New Hampshire Department of Economic Development. Chris earned a Masters of Public Administration from the University of New Hampshire.


André L. Garron, AICP
André Garron is the Community  Development Director and Assistant Town Manager of Salem New Hampshire. He has over 25 years of Community Planning and Economic Development experience. His primary responsibility with Extension is to provide Economic Development and Broadband technical assistance and outreach education to municipalities, planning and economic development practitioners, chambers of commerce and the business community. André has led and developed the Business Retention and Expansion, the Economic Development Academy and the Economic Assessment/Profile program over the past two years with Extension. André has a M.S. in Community Economic Development from Southern New Hampshire University and a B.S. in Community Development from the University of New Hampshire.



Vice President - Open
Lorna Colquhoun
DRED Representative
Lorna Colquhoun is the communications and legislative director for the New Hampshire Division of Economic Development at the Department of Business & Economic Affairs. She grew up in Tuftonboro and spent over 25 years as a newspaper journalist, including 20 years as the North Country correspondent for the New Hampshire Union Leader. She lives in Franconia.


Laurel Adams
Laurel Adams is the President of REDC, which is a non-profit alternative lender located in Exeter NH. Ms. Adams earned her Certified Economic Developer Certification (CEcD) and has spent more than a decade studying the fields of economic and business development through various national and state programs. Along with her many duties at REDC, Ms. Adams is a Board Member of the New Hampshire Alliance of Regional Development Corporations. In additional she sits on several advisory committees dedicated to economic development, Brownfield’s cleanup, and workforce housing.