Redevelopment Authority
Ashland Redevelopment Authority (ARA)

The Mission of the Ashland Redevelopment Authority

The ARA exists to create opportunities to attract and sustain economic development that will revitalize Ashland’s economy and cultural growth. The end goal is to realize a community that is more attractive and self-sufficient.

What is the Ashland Redevelopment Authority?

The ARA is a volunteer board charged with helping to facilitate economic development opportunities for the town. Board members are elected at Town Meeting for five year terms. As an independent board, the ARA is in a unique position to bring the public and private sectors together. The ARA also has broad powers that enable it to encourage new development and promote sound growth. The board is not bound by daily processes of a local town department but works on special projects that can be run by the town or a business. The ARA can participate in development, issue bonds, borrow money and receive grants and gifts.