Letter from the President

It is truly my honor to become President of CEDAS, Connecticut’s organization for professional economic developers.  CEDAS is a place where economic developers can network, learn, advocate, and share best practices.  Connecticut’s economic developers are key to moving this state forward, and CEDAS will be there to support them!

Personally, I credit my Connecticut economic development career to CEDAS.  Twelve years ago, it was through the CEDAS website that I learned about an economic development job opening at United Illuminating.  Immediately I applied, and three weeks later I had the job.  That’s the power of CEDAS.

Promoting public policy that supports economic development is another key function of CEDAS.  Governor Ned Lamont has said that economic growth will be his top priority, and our membership stands ready to support him.  We look forward to meeting the next Commissioner of the Department of Economic & Community Development and sharing ideas and best practices.

This winter, CEDAS will roll out its best practices program.  It has been a long time in the works, but the time and dedication that our volunteers have put into building the program will be worth it.  Our goal is to raise our own standards and adopt best practices at the local level.

2019 is going to be an exciting year for CEDAS.  It is my goal that we raise awareness about our organization and have a stronger voice in state economic development strategy development.  We will also offer more opportunities to network with other economic developers.  And finally, we will vigorously support this profession and your development within it.  Now more than ever, our state needs strong economic developers.  CEDAS will support you to fulfill this mission.



Garrett Sheehan, 2019 CEDAS President
President, Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce


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