Robert Santy, CERC’s President and CEO, has been appointed to the board of the Northeastern Economic Developers Association (NEDA), whose mission is to advance the practice of economic development in the Northeastern United States by promoting regional cooperation and creating effective regional programs, best practices, and learning through leadership and professional networking.
Additionally, Courtney Hendricson, Vice President of Municipal Services for the Connecticut Economic Resource Center, Inc. (CERC), has been elected to serve as Board President for CREW CT - The Real Estate Exchange, an organization dedicated to supporting and advancing the achievements of women in commercial real estate.
“We welcome the opportunity to be part of these organizations, help advance their important work and provide value by representing Connecticut’s economic development profession,” said Santy and Hendricson.
The Connecticut Economic Resource Center is a nonprofit corporation and public-private partnership that provides economic development services, working closely with an extensive network of state, local and utility partners to leverage Connecticut’s unique advantages as a premier business location. Having earned a reputation for excellence in economic development, CERC offers expertise in economic development, real estate, research, and marketing capabilities, and provides businesses with the information they need to start or expand in Connecticut.
Santy, a resident of New Haven, has enjoyed a 35-year career in a variety of positions at the intersection of business, the economy and public policy, and has led CERC since 2007. He also is a participant on the Regional Plan Association’s Committee on the Fourth Regional Plan (a comprehensive, long-range strategy for the NY-NJ-CT metropolitan area) and holds a number of leadership positions with community organizations, including the Connecticut Institute for the 21st Century, InformCT, the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, New Haven Chorale, Eastern States Exposition, and Connecticut Main Street Center.
Cheshire-resident Hendricson specializes in designing and implementing local economic development strategies. As part of CERC’s strategic direction to improve economic development performance in Connecticut, she drives CERC services to municipalities, such as improving the town’s regulatory process, analyzing commercial real estate mix, and providing targeted networking and communication among the local business community. She is also board vice president of the Connecticut Economic Development Association (CEDAS).