Letter from the President

Greetings Connecticut Economic Development Association (CEDAS) current and prospective members and partners!

Founded in 1962, CEDAS started off as the Connecticut Association of Municipal Development Commissions (CAMDC). Its early mission was focused on expanding collaboration for full-time municipal staff, private not-for-profit development corporations among others, a forum that shared in keen interest for Connecticut’s economic health and future. 

During a celebration of CAMDC 30th Anniversary, its Boards of directors undertook a major strategic planning effort to property position the organization for the future.  The name of the organization was changed to The Connecticut Economic Development Association, known by the acronym, CEDAS.

Now 55 years later, the CEDAS stands strong and is a unified voice advocating for responsible economic development and is committed to advancing the practice and process of economic development in Connecticut.

Over the past year, CEDAS has made great strides in support of its mission. Highlights of 2016 can be found in the E-NEWSLETTER section on the website.  This past year some of those included the successful passing of Tax Increment Finance Districts, by working together in the support of new law municipality the ability to us TIF Districts to their advantage.  In addition, reaching out to our communities through The Fundamentals of Municipal Economic Development -- A Transformational Approach program, CEDAS has helped communicates focus on specific town issues; and, our a new partnership, a Tapas Webinar Series: Economic Development Strategy Dished Up to Inspire with UCONN’s Community & Economic Development Extension Program.

With all of this success, our work isn’t done. Our focus for 2017 remains on providing a forum for the economic development community, sponsoring economic development educational programs, and fostering sustainable economic growth for Connecticut. 

We will be reaching the economic development related professionals in every Connecticut community, no matter how small, and encouraging them to be part of the dialogue.  In 2017, we will remain focused on our public policy agenda by sending a positive message regarding the state’s business climate and support state leadership who face significant challenges in the coming year.

In order to achieve our goals, we need support from all of you. Through work in the committees and attendance at our networking and educational events, you will built strong business relationships. As you visit the website, I encourage you check out the CEDAS committee activities, events, and programs.

Get involved, you won’t regret it!

It is an honor to serve as President and I am excited for yet another great year and I look forward to seeing you at one of our events very soon!

Warmest wishes for 2017!

Rebecca A. Nolan, 2016 CEDAS President
Vice President, Business Development | MetroHartford Alliance

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