CEDAS E-News - December 2016

One of the greatest joys of this season is the opportunity for all of us on the CEDAS Board of Directors to say thank you and to wish you the very best for the New Year.

CEDAS Annual Meeting & Holiday Party

The 2016 CEDAS annual meeting was held on December 7, 2016 at the Casa Mia Restaurant at the Hawthorne Inn.  CEDAS enjoyed a night to celebrate our awardees, review the past year and focused on new initiatives for 2017!  Thank you to all that attended!

2016 CEDAS Award Honorees

CEDAS was proud to bestow our members with the annual awards:

Shelly Saczynski,Director of Economic and Community Development at UIL Holdings Corp. and resident of Branford, received the Kenneth L. Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award, which is given to economic developers or practitioners with 20+ years' experience, who have demonstrable contributions to the economic development field and have impacted activities whose careers have greatly contributed to the advancement of the Connecticut economy.

Aya Beckles Swanson, Vice President of Community Investment Corp., receveid the 2016 CEDAS Member of the Year Award, which recognizes recognizing a member who has exhibited true leadership in economic development in Connecticut and has implemented an initiative that demonstrates real results and outcomes in the past year.

The 2016 CEDAS President’s Award, given to a member who has demonstrated excellence in service to CEDAS, is being shared by the City of New Haven Economic Development, New Haven EDC and Visit New Haven.  The three organizations were chosen by CEDAS President Rebecca Nolan for their demonstrated passion in support of the association by working collaboratively on the planning team for the Northeastern Economic Developers Association’s annual conference, held in New Haven this past September.

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CEDAS Welcomes Three New Board Members

The CEDAS Board of Directors is happy to announce and welcome three new board members: Jamie Brätt - City of Hartford, Garrett Sheehan - Eversource Energy, and Laura Brown - University of Connecticut. We are happy to be joined by such dedicated professionals and look forward to working together to bring additional value to our members. 

Jamie Brätt, AICP, LEED AP, Director of Planning and Economic Development for the City of Hartford. CEDAS is very excited to welcome Jamie Bratt to our board of Directors. As the representative of one of our largest urban centers in CT and State Capital, CEDAS is excited to have a board that truly represents all of Connecticut’s economic development professionals.

Garrett Sheehan, CEcD,Community Relations Specialist for Eversource Energy. CEDAS would like to welcome back Garrett Sheehan!  Garrett had recently been a member of our CEDAS board, moved out of Connecticut and recently accepted a position at Eversource Energy. With his background in law and his role as liaison between communities and Eversource, Garrett will hold a key leadership position as Co-Chair of the CEDAS Policy Committee.

Laura Brown, CEcD, Associate Professor for the University of Connecticut Department of Extension. Over the past year, the University of Connecticut has partnered with CEDAS, led by Laura Brown, in enhancing our webinar series and providing more educational content to our members. We are very excited to have her sit with us in a leadership position and to continue on her efforts in supporting the CEDAS Programs Committee.

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Stepping Off

CEDAS would like to thank Aya Beckles Swanson, Beth Wallace, and Kristin Havrilla Clarke on their service to the CEDAS Board of Directors. They have all decided to step down and focus on other career goals. All three have been dedicated members of CEDAS and we wish them well on their future endeavors! 

It’s that time of year…Get Involved and Engaged in 2017: Renew your CEDAS Membership Today!

Please visit our CEDAS membership portal to renew your membership or join CEDAS today! You can register and pay securely and instantly.

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Innovations in Workforce Development: A CEDAS Academy Webinar


Workforce development is one of the foundations of successful local and regional economic development strategies. Local, new and emerging businesses need a well-trained and accessible labor force. In light of recent industry location decisions in the state, more than ever, communities are recognizing the importance of talent in keeping and attracting business in a global economy.  

Attend this webinar to learn more about the key factors affecting Connecticut’s workforce and examples of how communities are innovating to build on existing assets.

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New Leadership, a New Year, and Training Opportunities Impacting Southeastern Connecticut

The Southeastern Connecticut Enterprise Region (seCTer) is pleased to announce the selection of a new Executive Director, Nancy Cowser.

With an Innovation Places grant, a new incubator space in Norwich, and activity in Stonington, seCTer is ready for the new year. For more information, read more for a full report and to learn more about these exciting initiatives. 


Monthly Reminders

JOB OPPORTUNITIES - CEDAS shares job opportunities through our newsletter and website at no cost to our employers. Reach 500+ professionals every month by sharing your opportunities through CEDAS. Please send job listings to

CEDAS SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE IN 2016 - CEDAS is proud to connect members to great opportunities to learn, grow professional skills and network. Scholarships are available for many variety of events, classes, seminars and programs throughout the year. 

EVENTS - Check our events calendar on for regularly updated events. Whether you are a member or not, please consider submitting evens as well as newsworthy items for our monthly e-news. 

PAST E-NEWSLETTERS - Missed an e-newsletter? Check out the past newsletters on our website

MEMBERSHIP HAS ITS REWARDS - The membership committee would like to encourage you to renew today so you don't miss out on all of the wonderfully planned events, programs, and of course, funding resources available to you in 2016. The committee also welcomes referrals - encourage your colleagues to join today by contacting

IN THE NEWS - Have you been published? Did you give a lecture? Have you or your organization been profiled or quotes? CEDAS wants to highlight your contributions in future newsletters and the website. 

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Upcoming Municipal Economic Development Training

CERC and CEDAS are booking future dates for our FREE municipal economic development training, which is custom tailored to specific towns(s) and designed to help those who impact economic development to work more collaboratively together. 

Upcoming trainings include:
  • Woodbury 1/11
  • South Windsor 1/25
  • North Branford 1/31
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2017 Economic Summit + Outlook

January 9, Hartford
Where's Connecticut's economy headed? Be part of an interactive discussion as an expert panel looks at the state's economy and answers the question: What will it take to fix it?  Hosted by CBIA.

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Being Grounded in Philanthropy

January 12, Hartford
Hosted by The Connecticut Council for Philanthropy, the program will teach participants about how philanthropy works with the public sector. It’s an excellent introduction for professionals who wish to learn more about the philanthropic sector and how they might work with this sector within their communities.​

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Visionary Leadership Award

January 25, New Haven
The Visionary Leadership Award, presented by the International Festival of Arts & Ideas honors a leader whose trailblazing work is impacting the world and connect the Festival's ideas programs to everyday impacts on the community.

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