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Robert (Bob) has enjoyed a 35-year career in a variety of positions at the intersection of business, the economy and public policy. In addition to leading CERC, he also is playing a leadership role in the Open Data movement, advocating greater public accessibility to data, as chair of InformCT and the Connecticut Data Collaborative.
Prior to joining CERC in 2007, Bob served as president of the Regional Growth Partnership in New Haven, a not-for-profit collaborative economic development corporation serving the 15 communities of south central Connecticut. At the RGP, he worked with the chief elected officials and business leadership to establish and implement economic development strategies to improve the competitiveness of the region and support solutions to economic issues – including tax reform, economic development, affordable housing and competitiveness. Bob has authored numerous public policy proposals designed to improve Connecticut’s competitiveness which have seen action in the Connecticut Legislature.
Previously, Bob was vice president of the Connecticut Capitol Region Growth Council and project director for the MetroHartford Millennium Project, the first comprehensive economic development strategy for the 29 towns of the capital region. From 1992 through 1995, he served as deputy commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Economic Development in the Administration of Governor Lowell P. Weicker, Jr. At DED, he helped develop new programs to provide incentives to retain and attract companies to the state. He also managed implementation of a multi-million dollar award-winning economic development marketing program, developed a strategic plan for UCONN’s Center for Marine Science and Technology, led creation of the Connecticut Award for Excellence, and worked with the utility partners to create CERC.
Prior to beginning his economic development career in Connecticut, Bob served in the nation’s capital for more than 15 years holding a variety of positions ranging from coordinator of special programs for Senator Lowell Weicker to the assistant administrator and chief of staff for the U.S Small Business Administration for President Ronald Reagan. In addition, he was the senior manager, director of government relations and small business affairs for Deloitte and Touche, where he was responsible for firm relations with the federal government and for development and implementation on firm positions on public policy issues.
Bob sits 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. Additionally, he holds leadership positions with the Connecticut Institute for the 21st Century, the Eastern States Exposition, Connecticut Main Street Center, and the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. He has a BA in American Civilization and an MBA in Business, Economics and Public Policy from The George Washington University.
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