Board of Directors

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President

Paige Bronk, AICP
Economic and Community Development Manager, Town of Groton

Paige Bronk, AICP, has a focus towards bridging community planning, economic development and project implementation. Since 2015, he has served as the Town of Groton’s Economic and Community Development Manager helping to lead new initiatives in a growing community. His 25 year career spans several economic development and planning roles in unique and notable communities including Newport, RI; North Kingstown, RI; Providence, RI; Frankfort, Kentucky; and Savannah, Georgia.

He served for 13 years as the City of Newport, Rhode Island’s Director of Planning, Development, Zoning and Inspections leading numerous public/private partnerships and property redevelopment initiatives especially in the North End Redevelopment district. Paige’s geographically diverse experience integrates a variety of environmental, business and community perspectives that address an integrated and balanced approach to community and economic development.

Paige earned a Master’s Degree in Community Planning and Development from the University of Rhode Island in 1991. He also achieved a Bachelor’s Degree with dual major in Environmental Studies and Geology from Alfred University in 1989. Paige earned his certification from the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) in 1996. Following his passion for the ocean, he recently gained a U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) – 100 Ton Master Captain’s License.


1st Vice President

Kevin Bielmeier
Economic Development Director, Town of Southbury

Kevin Bielmeier has been Southbury’s first Economic Development Director since 2019. He provides support services to the local business community, while actively attracting new business, working across the municipal departments that intersect development. In addition to being the staff liaison for the town’s Economic Development Commission, he co-chairs the 350th Anniversary Steering Committee, serves on the board of the Southbury Chamber, the Sustainable CT working group, Western CT Tourism Council, and the Naugatuck Valley Corridor Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) group. He project managed the launch of the town’s online permitting system, their affordable housing plan and their 2022 Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD).

Prior to Southbury, Kevin was a municipal economic development consultant with CERC (now Advance CT) serving Suffield, East Granby, Clinton and Burlington, and the Bradley Development League.

Prior to CERC, he was the Economic Development Director for the Town of New Milford. In two years, he helped open a community center, a co-working space, two breweries, many restaurants, a community art collaborative, an affordable housing development and a riverfront development project. Plus, rebranded the town, wrote and produced a promotional video, and secured and implemented state funding to demo a contaminated factory and remediate a 72-acre, long-standing brownfield site.

Kevin’s diverse career path includes corporate fundraising for Ability Beyond, managing video production for Ethan Allen Corp., cruise directing global luxury liners, professionally acting on stage and screen, and even record engineering the likes of U2 and BB King in the late ‘80s.

He holds bachelor degrees in Music and Business from SUNY Fredonia, but is most proud of his two wonderful grown daughters, and his marriage of 35 years to his wife Josie. They now reside in their dream home by the sea in Lordship, Stratford.


2nd Vice President
Lynn DiGiovanni
Business Development Manager, M&J Engineering, P.C.

Lynn DiGiovanni is a business development professional for M&J Engineering, P.C. located in North Haven, Connecticut.  She spends a lot of time traveling around the state building strategic business relationships.  Her diverse network includes members of the public and private sectors who play a key role in the economic growth of Connecticut’s cities and towns.


Treasurer
Mark Barnhart
Director of Community & Economic Development, Town of Fairfield

Mark S. Barnhart is presently the Director of Community & Economic Development for the Town of Fairfield, having been appointed to the post in September 2002. Previously, Mr. Barnhart had served as the Town Manager and Chief Executive Officer for the Town of Stratford from 1992 to 2002. In his capacity as Town Manager, Mr. Barnhart was instrumental in efforts to successfully remediate and redevelop the former Raymark site as well as the Stratford Army Engine Plant (SAEP). Mr. Barnhart began his professional career with the City of Camden, NJ, where he served as the Assistant to the Director of Public Utilities. In 1989, Mr. Barnhart was appointed Assistant/Town Manager of Stratford, Connecticut, a position he held until his promotion to Acting Town Manager in October 1991.

Mr. Barnhart holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Pennsylvania and completed his undergraduate studies at Albright College, in Reading, Pennsylvania. Mr. Barnhart serves on the Board of Directors of the United Way of Coastal Fairfield County and the Connecticut Economic Development Association (CEDAS). Mr. Barnhart presently resides in Monroe with his wife Katherine and two children.


Secretary 
Karen DelVecchio

Pat Munger Construction


Immediate Past President

Kristen Gorski
Economic Development Coordinator, Town of West Hartford

Kristen Gorski serves as Economic Development Coordinator for the Town of West Hartford. She provides extensive outreach to enhance the relationship between the Town of West Hartford and local businesses. Kristen is responsible for business retention and expansion, new business attraction, new development, and small business and entrepreneurial support. She is a liaison between the Town and its businesses and non-profit organizations as well as the real estate and development community. Prior to joining the Town of West Hartford, she worked at the Bristol Development Authority for the City of Bristol.

A Massachusetts native, Kristen moved to Connecticut in 2015. In Massachusetts, she worked for the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), the state's largest regional planning agency whose focus is to promote smart growth and regional collaboration. While at MAPC, she served as a liaison between federal and state agencies as well as local government representatives statewide implementing homeland security planning initiatives. Kristen also assisted with the Cambridge Post-Disaster Recovery for Small Businesses project, working collaboratively with City of Cambridge, MA and their various business districts. Additionally, she has more than six years of business management experience in the retail sector.

Kristen is actively involved with the West Hartford Chamber of Commerce where she serves on the Economic Development Committee and on the Board of Directors for Future Leaders of West Hartford (FLOW), currently holding the position of Board President. She holds a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Geography and Regional Planning and a B.S. in Criminal Justice, both from Westfield State University. Kristen lives in Glastonbury with her husband, and is an avid hiker and skier.


Headshot of Jim BellanoJim Bellano
Economic Development Director, Town of Windham

Jim Bellano is the Economic Development Director for the Town of Windham, Connecticut. In 2017, during the search process for a new Town Manager, Jim was unanimously appointed Interim Town Manager by the Windham Town Council.

From 2001-2006, Mr. Bellano served as Director of Economic Development for the Housatonic Valley (Northern Fairfield County) region of Connecticut and later, the City of Danbury. Prior to his appointment in Windham, he was the Director of Development for Scope Realty Associates in Danbury, Connecticut.

In addition to his economic development work, for almost 30 years, Jim has taught both Political Science and Law at various colleges and universities in the tri-state area; including, Western and Eastern Connecticut State Universities. He has also authored a number of opinion pieces on those subjects. Currently, Jim serves as both the Windham representative and the Chair of the Eastern Regional Tourism Board.

From 1993 to 2001 Mr. Bellano practiced real estate, contract and bankruptcy law in Westchester County, New York. Jim received his Juris Doctor from the Quinnipiac University School of Law and a Master’s of Science in Social Science from Long Island University.


Anne Benowitz
Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce

Anne Benowitz serves at the Vice President, Economic Development & Workforce Initiatives at the Greater New Haven Chamber. Anne leads the business retention and expansion efforts for the Chamber and serves at a liaison to the City of New Haven and Rex Development. Anne also leads the Chamber’s participation in the manufacturing and health care Regional Sector Partnerships, convened through the Governor’s Workforce Council. Her efforts focus on building talent pipelines in these industries in the New Haven Region, providing outreach to enhance the relationships between educational partners and the business community.

Anne has had a long career in business development and marketing, starting out at Exxon Office Systems and moving into New York to work for a sports marketing company, managing a column in the Wall Street Journal and Money Magazine, call “Sports Business” and managing pro-am engagement for the LPGA. Later, Anne joined Northwestern Mutual as an agent and eventually became Director of Marketing in their Hamden office, opening a new corporate marketplace. Afterward, Anne owned her own consulting firm for 10 years, and joined the Chamber in 2011, and in 2019 was tapped to lead their economic development initiative.

Anne lives in North Haven with her husband and daughter. She is a trained soprano and an active gardener, loves to cook and entertain.


Michael Ceccorulli

Pullman & Comley, LLC

Michael Ceccorulli is a member at the law firm of Pullman & Comley, LLC, practicing in the areas of real estate, zoning and land use, commercial finance, contracts and municipal law.  He has substantial experience in the development and redevelopment of commercial real estate, including legacy industrial Brownfields impacted by environmental conditions.  He regularly represents clients in complex land use and zoning matters involving large-scale projects throughout Connecticut and has been involved in more than 100 capital projects in various stages of development in New York State. 

Public sector clients represent a large component of Michael’s practice, and these include multiple municipalities, economic development agencies, regional boards of education, state agencies, and quasi-public entities.  He has significant experience in areas such as economic development, public-private partnerships, complex real estate development transactions, state and federal brownfield loan and grant programs, and zoning and land use regulation.  He has acted as counsel to municipalities and regional boards of education throughout Connecticut in connection with matters such as the acquisition, disposition and leasing of real property, the development of capital projects, planning, zoning and subdivision issues, and the feasibility and legality of various proposed ordinances.  Michael is outside counsel to the State of Connecticut, working with both the Office of the Attorney General and the Department of Economic and Community Development.  He also regularly represents landlords and tenants in connection with the lease of retail, office and industrial facilities, and has represented commercial and residential condominium associations and common interest communities.

Michael received his B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of Connecticut and his J.D. from Washington College of Law, American University. He is a member of the Real Property and Planning & Zoning sections of the Connecticut Bar Association, the Cheshire Economic Development Commission, and the Cheshire Land Trust.


Sheri Cote
Economic Development Director, Towns of Guilford and Madison

When the towns of Guilford and Madison combined their Economic Development Director positions, Sheri Cote was selected to fill that role. She came to the position with more than 20 years of economic development experience with chambers of commerce and economic development organizations. She has served as the President of the Shoreline Chamber of Commerce, serving Branford, North Branford and Guilford; the Vice President of the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut, serving 42 towns; and the Regional Economic Development Manager for the Southeastern CT Enterprise Region, serving the 20-town region of southeastern CT. Sheri has a passion for supporting small businesses and promoting the beautiful shoreline community of Connecticut.

Sheri also serves as Treasurer of the Connecticut Tourism Coalition Board of Directors, Treasurer of the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce Board and serves on the Economic Development Commission for Old Lyme, the CEDAS Board of Directors and the Shoreline Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

Previously She has served as Board Chair of LEARN and Board Chair of Thames River Innovation Place, Vice Chair of the CT Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives and was elected for 8 years to the Board of Education in Waterford.


Michael D'Amato
Tyche Planning & Policy Group

Michael D’Amato, AICP, CZEO is a Co-Founder and Principal of the Tyche Planning & Policy Group. Mike has worked for over 16 years in both  the private sector and for multiple Connecticut Municipalities. He holds a bachelor’s  degree in Geography with a concentration in Urban Planning from Central  Connecticut State University. In addition, he is certified as a CT Inland  Wetland Agent, a Certified Zoning Enforcement Officer (CZEO) and by the  American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). Before co-founding Tyche,  Mike worked for the Towns of Berlin, Somers and Newington, CT. He was also part of the Community Development Group at CME Associates. In his work at Tyche, Mike provides consulting services to several CT Municipalities, with a focus on planning, zoning, wetlands, economic development and grant writing. Through Tyche, he has also assisted in the  drafting of several Affordable Housing Plans, Zoning, Subdivision and Plan of Conservation and Development documents, performed staff training, and managed the implementation of various software projects. He currently serves as the Vice President for the Connecticut Association of Zoning Enforcement Officials, is Vice Chair of the West Hartford Zoning Board of Appeals and a co-chair of the West Hartford Affordable Housing Advisory Group.


Kevin Fitzgerald
American Rescue Plan Coordinator, Town of Groton

Kevin Fitzgerald is the American Rescue Plan Coordinator for the Town of Groton. In his role executing the town’s ARPA Allocation Strategy, he is charged with managing federal stimulus funds and leveraging strategic allocations to attract public & private community investment and deliver an equitable and transformative pandemic recovery. Mr. Fitzgerald likes to stay informed on emerging state and federal legislative proposals and local government trends for his role as co-chair of CEDAS’ Policy Committee.

He has previously served in municipal roles for the towns of Stonington, Berlin and Bolton.

He previously contributed to the City of Hartford’s Hartford400 City Plan and the inaugural year of CEDAS’ Best Practices in Land Use & Economic Development certification. He is a member of the American Planning Association, Government Finance Officers Association, Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut’s Leadership Program and a participant in the National Academy of Public Administration’s Grand Challenges in Public Administration initiative.

Kevin received a Master of Public Administration from the University of Connecticut with a Certificate in Public Financial Management. In his time at UConn, he held fellowships with the Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CCEI) and the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA). Kevin lives in Mystic, Connecticut and is a UConn Huskies and Connecticut Sun superfan.


Headshot of Gene GoddardGene Goddard
Chief Business Investment Officer, MetroHartford Alliance

Gene Goddard leads the coordination of new business investment projects for the Hartford Region by working with business decision makers, consultants, and corporate real estate managers looking for project locations within the region.

Gene has nearly 30 years of economic development experience at the local, regional, and state level and as a private-sector consultant. He’s diligently worked to develop initiatives and strategies that support business growth and expansion, including networking and partnership development, negotiation, strategic planning, business cost analysis, project leadership, lead generation, industry research, marketing, and workforce and business development incentives.

Before joining the MHA, Gene was the Senior Vice President and head of Springsted’s (now part of BakerTilly) Housing and Economic Development (HED) practice group, where his team specialized in development strategies, project feasibility studies, financing, and business plan development.

Gene also served as the Director of Business Investment for GREATER MSP, the regional economic development organization for the Minneapolis – Saint Paul Region, where he coordinated over $4 billion in business expansion projects for small business and large corporate entities.

Gene has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Minnesota State University – Mankato and a Mini-Master’s degree in Real Estate Development from the University of St. Thomas. He earned his Certified Economic Development Professional (CEcD) professional certification through the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) and his Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) certification through the National Development Council.

In 2017, Gene was named by Consultant Connect as one of the Top 50 Economic Developers in North America and in 2012 he received the Life-Time Achievement Award in Economic Development from Finance and Commerce magazine.


Erin Wilson Howard
Director of Economic Development, City of Hartford

Erin Wilson Howard began working for the City of Torrington as their Director of Economic Development in early 2014.  Prior to focusing her career on Economic Development, she has a strong background in planning having worked for the Town of Windsor, City of Middletown and Town of Ellington along with a few years in the private sector at Milone and MacBroom, Inc. In addition, she currently holds a Connecticut Real Estate License and practices part-time real estate primarily in Middlesex County.  Ms. Wilson graduated from the University of Connecticut with a double major in Political Science and Economics.  From there she attended the University of Massachusetts and obtained her Master’s Degree in Regional Planning with a focus on economic development.  In 2012, Ms. Wilson received her AICP certification from the American Planning Association.  While she is a native of Middletown, CT she resides in Middlefield and currently sits on the Town of Middlefield Planning & Zoning Commission as an alternate.


Thomas Madden
BFJ Planning

Thomas Madden is an urban planner and economic developer with more than 25 years of experience in land use, economic development, environmental and transportation planning in the public and private sector.

Prior to joining BFJ, Mr. Madden held several cabinet level positions with municipalities including Director of Economic Development for the City of Stamford, CT and Commissioner of the Department of Community Development and Conservation for the Town of Greenburgh, NY. Prior to this, he worked for the Westchester County Planning Department, Maricopa County Department of Transportation and several private consulting firms.

Thomas has been instrumental in the development of new environment standards including the adoption of Green Building code for new site development, revisions to the Energy Star code and a Smart Growth Development Study. Mr. Madden was a steering committee member for Stamford Master Plan, Stamford’s Affordable Housing Study, Stamford’s Economic Development Plan, Westchester County’s Central Park Avenue Bus Rapid Transit Study, Greenburgh Comprehensive Plan update and a member of the two Stakeholders’ Advisory Working Groups for the Tappan Zee Bridge/I-287 Environmental Review. Thomas also co-chaired, a seven-county planning consortium to develop a Regional Sustainability Plan that tied into the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council’s 2011 Strategic Plan.

Thomas is a member of the American Planning Association and the American Institute of Certified Planners. Mr. Madden graduated from the University of Victoria with a BA in geography (Urban Studies) and attended Dalhousie University’s Masters of Urban and Rural Planning Program, where he was awarded the Harry Kitz Park Development Scholarship for Park Design and the Mobil Oil Canada Scholarship for Impact and Design Studies for his graduate thesis on the potential for eco-industrial development in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. In his spare time, he enjoys coaching and refereeing hockey and is a Director for the Terry Fox Run for Cancer Research in NYC, raising more than 2.5 million dollars for cancer research.


Rista Malanca
City of Torrington

Rista Malanca, AICP, has over 15 years of Municipal Experience and is currently the Director of Economic Development for the City of Torrington, CT.   She has worked on many redevelopment projects, including the reuse of environmentally contaminated properties, housing developments and placemaking projects.   She enjoys working with Torrington’s business owners, investors and developers to overcome obstacles to create economic growth within the City.  Previously Rista was the Assistant Planner for Torrington and has worked as the Zoning and Wetlands Enforcement Officer in more rural Towns such as New Hartford & Barkhamsted.   Rista has a passion for walkable communities and serves as the Co-Chair of the Naugatuck River Greenway Steering Committee and Vice Chair of the CT Greenways Council.   She also serves on the CT Brownfield Land Band and on the Executive Boards for the Regional Brownfield Partnership and CEDAS.


Patricia McLaughlin, Esq.
Director, Administration, AdvanceCT

Patricia McLaughlin provides corporate governance, human resources, government relations, legal and research assistance for AdvanceCT. She has extensive experience in nonprofit administration, fundraising, insurance, finance and securities law. Prior to coming to AdvanceCT, Patricia held positions in campaign finance, nonprofit management and corporate law. 

Ms. McLaughlin has a bachelor’s degree from Smith College and a law degree from Catholic University. She has previously worked in private law practice, in a large corporate department and for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. She is an active community volunteer; recent affiliations have included Treasurer, Avon Old Farms School National Council; Chair, Renbrook School; Board Member, Malta House of Care; Board Member, World Affairs Council of Connecticut; and Volunteer, Malta Food Pantry. 


Julie Nash
Director of Economic and Community Development, City of Milford

Julie Nash, is currently the Director of Economic and Community Development for the City of Milford, and a government relations professional with years of experience in state, federal and international government relations.  Julie started her career as an intern in the Connecticut General Assembly and proceeded to a coveted position as a Legislative Aide which launched a love for the industry.  During her tenure as a Legislative Aide she decided to pursue a law degree to further enhance her career aspirations.  During law school Julie had the honor of working with then Governor Rowland and his legal and legislative staff.  After law school, Julie worked as a Law Clerk at the Bridgeport Superior Court which allowed her to learn integral courtroom proceedings that would help cultivate her understanding of legalities and procedures.  After this position, Julie headed to US Tobacco in the Government Relations department working in State Issue Management.  Julie was charged with legislative analysis for all 50 states in regards to both wine and tobacco issues.  Julie spearheaded a number of projects such as strategic analysis, legislative forecasts and third party management.  Prior to her current position, Julie was the Lobbyist and Government Affairs lead for WWE working on regulatory and legislative issues on both the federal and state levels.

Julie also has a passion for community relations and has done work with the City of Milford’s Park, Beach and Recreation Commission, Milford’s Chamber of Commerce, the Junior League of Greater New Haven, the Connecticut Food Bank and many more.


George Norfleet
Executive Director, Connecticut Office of Business and Community Development

George Norfleet creates effective strategies designed to achieve goals and operates as a change agent in today’s constantly evolving business and economic development environments. He has a broad background in the media and marketing and is a proven leader with expertise developing new business, fostering relationships with partners, implementing innovation and delivering results that drive targeted metrics, lean operations, capital investment and job creation.

Currently George serves as the Executive Director of the Office of Business and Community Development for Connecticut’s Department of Economic and Community Development where he leads all of the office’s programs, staff and operations and focuses the state’s resources on business retention and recruitment.

Previously, as Director, George oversaw Connecticut’s; Office of Film, Television and Digital Media, and its tax incentive program catalyzing industry growth and expenditures of over $3 billion; Office of International and Domestic Business, leading the state’s efforts to encourage foreign direct investment; and Outreach Programs, connecting businesses and economic development organizations from across the state.

Earlier he worked in feature film and television on productions helmed by many of the industry's A-List directors and producers including Spike Lee, Ismail Merchant and James Ivory, Jonathan Demme, Oprah Winfrey, Neil Jordan and Dick Wolf, among others. He began his career in advertising with Saatchi & Saatchi.

George attended Florida State University. He serves on several Boards of Directors including the Association of Film Commissioners International’s Task Force committee, the Council of Motion Picture and Theatrical Unions, and Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network where he sits on the Governance and Finance committees and Chairs the Audit committee.


Kim Parsons-Whitaker
Community Development Specialist, State of CT DECD

Kimberley Parsons-Whitaker serves as a Community Development Specialist for Connecticut’s Department of Economic and Community Development where she manages the CT Communities Challenge Grant Program.

From 2000-2022, Kim was a key figure in the development and evolution of Connecticut Main Street Center to an award-winning statewide economic and community development organization, working closely with municipalities and downtown organizations throughout Connecticut, assisting local leaders and citizens in their efforts to bring their Main Streets back to life.  She collaborated with State officials and experts in placemaking and economic development in efforts to bring much needed resources and expertise to Connecticut’s Main Streets.

Kim has been a guest speaker for the Urban Land Institute, the American Planning Association, the League of Women Voters, Western CT Leadership Program, New London Landmarks, University of Hartford’s Barney School of Business, various educational institutions, and numerous Connecticut municipalities and regional planning and economic development organizations.

In her previous professional life, Kim enjoyed an extensive opera, theater, and concert career, including appearances as soprano soloist with over 40 North American symphony orchestras touring three continents. Educated at New England Conservatory, Yale School of Music and Boston University, Kim was a finalist in the National Opera Association Competition and a prize winner in the Amici Vocal Competition. Kim is a graduate of the Leadership Greater Hartford Quest program and serves on the Design Review Advisory Committee for the Town of West Hartford, and the Boards of Directors of Connecticut Preservation Action (CPA) and the CT Economic Development Association (CEDAS).


Photo of Cierra PatrickCierra Patrick
Economic Development Specialist, City of Groton

Cierra Patrick is an economic and community developer from New London CT. Cierra orchestrates the strategic planning, implementation, and investment for local improvements, infrastructure, community assets and amenities for the City of Groton. Cierra earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Marketing and Entrepreneurship at Hampton University and went on to receive a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Georgetown University. Feeding her curiosity about the tools of entrepreneurs in our economy, bottom-up economic development, community revitalization and wealth creation. Cierra devises creative approaches to community engagement that encourage a variety of local entrepreneurs to collaborate. Cierra’s gift is her ability to engage diverse members of the City’s citizenry in developing and implementing plans/projects that support economic activity, stimulate local excitement, and enhance local quality of life.


Rose Ponte
Director of Economic Development, Town of Farmington

Rose Ponte was born in Havana Cuba and is a native Spanish speaker. She started her career in international banking working for National Westminster Bank on Wall Street, after taking time off to raise her four children; she became Director of Student Service at the Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts in Torrington CT. In that position, Rose developed and managed Nutmeg’s international residency high school and college student support program. After ten years, Rose had established valuable business contacts throughout Northwest CT, and the arts, and became Torrington’s Economic Development Director. In that role she leveraged the arts as an economic driver in the redevelopment of Torrington’s downtown. In 2013, she was hired as Economic Development Director for the Town of Farmington.

Rose is an active board member and acting chairman for Programs and Professional Development for the Connecticut Economic Development Association and a member of the Northeast Economic Development Association. She is a member of the Farmington Rotary, an incorporator for Charlotte Hungerford Hospital, and a former Board of Education member for Region 10 schools. She lives in Harwinton, CT.


Joseph Violette
seCTer

Joseph Violette currently serves as the Business Retention and Expansion Specialist for the Southeastern Connecticut Enterprise Region (seCTer). He is committed to building strategic relationships with key business leaders, municipal and state officials who are vital to the economic growth of southeastern Connecticut.

Before joining seCTer, Violette spent time as a Policy Analyst for the Connecticut General Assembly and Director of Public Policy & Economic Development for the Waterbury Regional Chamber. Violette earned his B.A in Political Science from Merrimack College.


Jessica Vonashek
City of Norwalk


Roy Young
AVANGRID

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