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Leaders of Connecticut Economic Resource Center to be Featured at Regional Economic Development Conference in September

Contact: Kristi Sullivan, 860-571-6213

When economic development officials from cities and towns throughout New England and the Northeast converge on New Haven in September for the 60th Annual Northeastern Economic Developers Association (NEDA) Conference, three leading experts from CERC will be among the featured speakers.

Robert Santy, president and CEO; Alissa DeJonge, vice president of research; and Courtney Hendricson, vice president of municipal services; for the Connecticut Economic Resource Center, Inc. (CERC), will address the conference, sharing their expertise on the challenges and opportunities for successful economic development in this region of the country, and the impact of shifting demographics, innovative technology and rapidly changing global trends and developments.

The NEDA conference, being held September 11-13 in New Haven, is the region’s largest gathering of economic development practitioners and thinkers who learn and do business together. This year’s theme – “Transportation at the Crossroads: The Economic Develops’ Road Map – is particularly relevant to Connecticut, and aims to increase economic self-sufficiency and vibrancy for citizens, businesses and communities. Speakers at the NEDA Conference will include national transportation experts, leading members of Congress, and state elected officials and state economic development leaders.

NEDA represents more than 500 members throughout the 11 northeastern states – Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont – and the District of Columbia. Members include local, state and federal government officials, along with individuals representing a range of industries including utilities, real estate, law, banking, and planning, engineering and environmental consulting firms. Most are professionals in the field, but many are appointed or elected officials who serve on boards and commissions.

CERC is a nonprofit corporation and public-private partnership that provides economic development services, working closely with an extensive network of state, regional, 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 real estate, research, marketing and economic development capabilities, and provides businesses with the information they need to start or expand in Connecticut.

Santy has enjoyed a 35-year career in a variety of positions at the intersection of business, the economy and public policy. In leading CERC since 2007, he has been a leader in the Open Data movement, advocating greater public accessibility to data, as chair of the Connecticut Data Collaborative steering committee. He recently was invited to sit on the Regional Plan Association’s Committee on the Fourth Regional Plan, which is a comprehensive, long-range strategic plan for the NY-NJ-CT metropolitan area.

DeJonge is responsible for CERC’s business and economic research services, and performs extensive research and analysis concerning state and regional issues. Her work includes industry profiles, regional and fiscal impact analyses, survey research, benchmarking and evaluation. She has presenting workshops and seminars to statewide and international audiences, and currently serves as an advisor to the New England Public Policy Center at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, appointed in 2015 for a three-year term.

Hendricson specializes in designing and implementing 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. Prior to joining CERC, she served as Assistant Town Manager for Enfield, Economic Development Director for Farmington, and Director of Community Development for Connecticut Main Street Center.

Early bird conference registration concludes on August 19. More information about the NEDA Conference is available at www.nedaonline.org.

Photos (left to right): Robert W. Santy, Alissa DeJonge, Courtney Hendricson