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Connecticut’s Most Notable Economic Growth Initiatives Recognized For Impact, Influence On Communities & State

The Connecticut Economic Resource Center, Inc. (CERC) honored top economic development projects, programs and leaders from throughout the state at the annual CELEBRATE CT! event on November 30, 2017 at The Bushnell in Hartford in front of nearly 200 attendees.

“These awards acknowledge key people, programs and projects that are stimulating new jobs and investment in our economy,” said CERC President and CEO Robert Santy. “They are well-earned and well-deserved, and CERC is proud to recognize the 2017 honorees and their noteworthy accomplishments that are having a positive impact on Connecticut’s business environment.”

21 of the honorees were selected by 10 economic development regions across Connecticut for their contribution to the state’s economy – such as consistent or growing employment levels, playing a critical role in changing the character of its community or civic engagement, strong public/private collaboration to encourage new investment, or leadership resulting in growth or improvements. The awards, as well as an overview of regional economic successes, were co-presented by Santy and Bart Kollen, Deputy Commissioner of the state Department of Economic and Community Development.

Elizabeth Wallace, director of business services at CERC, also received the Connie Maffeo Customer Service Award for her knowledge and enthusiasm in servicing inquirers through the state’s business hotline at CERC.

For the full event program, including a history of award honorees, visit CERC.com/CelebrateCT.

Photos of individual honorees are available upon request.


The 2017 CELEBRATE CT! award honorees:

 Capital (Hartford) Region
Joining Technologies
UCONN Hartford Campus

Central (New Britain) Region
Alvarium Beer Company
Jasko Development LLC

South Central (New Haven) Region
Stony Creek Brewery
Mike Freda, Town of North Haven

Southeastern (New London) Region
Beer’d Brewing
Sean Nugent, Preston Riverwalk

Lower CT River Valley (Middlesex) Region
Goodspeed Musicals
Pegasus Manufacturing

Naugatuck Valley (Waterbury) Region
Basement Systems
Bristol Centre Square Project

West (Fairfield-Danbury) Region
BRT General Corporation
Ferguson Library (1 Million Cups)
Inspira Marketing Group

Metropolitan (Bridgeport) Region
Corvus Capital Partners LLC
Future Health Care Systems

Northeastern (Last Green Valley) Region
Heirloom Food Company

Thompson Branding Plan

Northwest Hills (Torrington) Region
Hurley Manufacturing
Whiting Mills