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Best Practices in Land Use and Economic Development: A Roadmap for Communities

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM


Best Practices in Land Use and Economic Development: A Roadmap for Communities

Thursday, Dec 20, 2018
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Is your community using best practices in economic development and land use?  If not, are you interested in improving? 

CEDAS is proud to announce a new program that recognizes communities using best practices and provides a road map for other communities to reach these standards.  Program applications will be available in early 2019.  This webinar will explain the program, how to qualify, and what you can do to raise your standards so that you too can be certified in 2019.  Please join us!




This event is free and offered as a cooperative program of the CEDAS Academy and the University of Connecticut-Extension Program in Community & Economic Development. 

 About Our Speakers


Garrett Sheehan

Appointed in March 2018, Garrett Sheehan currently serves as President of the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce and Executive Director of the Regional Leadership Council, the region’s advocate for economic growth. Garrett also serves as President of the Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce, an affiliate of the Greater New Haven Chamber.

Prior to making the transition to a career in economic development, Garrett’s interests in public policy and current events took him to Syracuse University where he studied broadcast journalism. He began as a news anchor and reporter for a television station in Meridien, Mississippi. Garrett’s next stop was Huntsville, Alabama where he covered politics and business stories for the local NBC station.

Led by a passion for improving the economic well-being and quality of life for communities, Garrett traded his journalism career for economic development. He held positions as a researcher for the Huntsville/ Madison County Chamber of Commerce in Huntsville, AL and as a project manager for the North Alabama Industrial Development Association. In this position, Garrett was responsible for marketing and recruiting efforts aimed at companies that were considering locating in Alabama.

When an economic development position opened at United Illuminating (UI) in New Haven, Garrett jumped at the opportunity to return to Connecticut. While working at UI, Garrett focused his activities on business retention and expansion as well as regional economic development marketing.

After graduating from the UConn School of Law in 2014, Garrett served as a law clerk at the Connecticut Appellate Court for the Honorable Bethany J. Alvord. Garrett went on to work for Eversource as a liaison between the company and chief elected officials in 23 towns in Connecticut.

Garrett is actively involved in numerous organizations that focus on the economic vitality of Connecticut, including serving on the board of directors of the Connecticut Economic Resource Center (CERC), Connecticut Economic Development Association (CEDAS), Southern Connecticut State University Business Advisory Council, and Workforce Alliance.

Garrett is a licensed attorney in Connecticut and Texas. He is a native of Middlefield, Connecticut. In addition to his law degree from the UConn School of Law, and bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from Syracuse University, Garrett holds a master’s degree in business administration from Auburn University and is a Certified Economic Developer. He served as an infantry officer in the Connecticut Army National Guard and deployed to Afghanistan in 2010. Garrett and his wife met in New Haven and have two children.


Julie Nash

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.


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