Story, Athey to lead county’s Economic and Tourism Development Commission

CHESTERTOWN — Richard W. “Dick” Story of Betterton and Charles R. “Charlie” Athey of Chestertown have been appointed chair and vice chair, respectively, of the Kent County Economic and Tourism Development Commission for 2024.

Story has been on the commission since December 2018, and Athey came on board in January 2022.

The seven members of the commission are appointed by the Kent County Commissioners.

Story and Athey grew up in Kent County and were educated in local schools.

Story is a 1963 graduate of Chestertown High School, and a Graduate of Distinction honoree from the county’s public school system.

He earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration from what was then Towson State College, now Towson University. He also has studied at Chesapeake College and Washington College, and received an honorary degree from Howard Community College.

According to a news release, Story also commanded the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 84th Engineering Company for two years, serving from 1966-1969 in Nuremberg, Germany.

Story started his career as a radio personality at WCTR in Chestertown, and worked for 16 years in radio and communications before transitioning to an economic development career that spanned 32 years.

He served as the executive director of the Carroll County and Baltimore County economic development commissions, and spent 17 years as the chief executive officer of the Howard County Economic Development Authority.

He also served as the deputy director for economic development on the Greater Baltimore Committee, vice president of Maryland Economic Development Association and executive director of Washington/Baltimore Regional Association.

Story was inducted into the Maryland Economic Development Association Hall of Fame in 2006, and is an MEDA life member.

Athey is general counsel and compliance manager at The Dixon Group Inc. His “experience and current role with The Dixon Group provide firsthand knowledge of the challenges and opportunities of several industry sectors that are very important to Kent County’s economy,” the news release states.

Prior to joining The Dixon Group, Athey had a private law practice for 10 years.

He is licensed to practice law in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia.

Athey, who grew up in Chestertown, is a graduate of Kent County High School and Washington College. He holds a Juris Doctor degree and a Master of Law degree in taxation from the University of Baltimore, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Athey has served on the boards of the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy, Sultana Education Foundation, Garfield Center for the Arts, Chester River Health Foundation, Washington College Alumni Association and Shared Opportunity Service Inc.

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