CEDAS Members and Partners to be Honored at NEDA 2015 Conference


CEDAS congratulates the following people and organizations:

NEDA Richard Kelso Educator of the Year Award:  Mark Waterhouse, Pleasant Valley, CT
Mark D. Waterhouse, CEcD has been active in the field of economic development since 1972. He is President and one of the founders of Garnet Consulting Services, Inc., a firm that specializes in market and feasibility studies, business park master planning, community and organizational evaluation, and strategic planning.

Mark is a graduate of Dartmouth College and was awarded the Dartmouth Alumni Award in recognition of service to the college, distinction in his career and community service. He is also a graduate of the University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute and the Minority Business and Economic Development Internship Program. Mark is on the Board of CEDAS.

NEDA Marketing Best in Show Award: Connecticut Economic Resource Center - 2015 Connecticut Economic Review, Rocky Hill, CT
Connecticut is a leader in a variety of economic and quality-of-life categories and the annual edition of the Connecticut Economic Review is designed to communicate these metrics for business recruitment purposes.  The Review is designed to convey Connecticut’s positive data to in-state, out-of-state and international executives, decision-makers and economic development professionals who may or may not have prior knowledge about the state.  While this is the 18th year of this annual publication, this year’s Review represents a complete revamp, including a more accessible format, enhanced graphics, relevant quotes, artistic photography, and engaging copy utilizing contrasts.  https://www.cerc.com/

Outstanding Branding or Promotion of Economic Development Organization: Connecticut Economic Resource Center – City of Meriden Billboard Campaign, Meriden, CT
The City of Meriden sought to develop electronic billboard signage to promote Meriden as a great place to live, work and play. Through an agreement with a media firm who was locating a new digital billboard on city-owned property along route I-91 in Meriden, the city had access to the advertising billboard for its use. CERC’s research revealed that it had been many years since the city had developed a new logo/tagline. The target audience for the billboard was a wide range of users-- all who would benefit from having more knowledge of Meriden as a great place to live, work and play.  Meriden community groups have expressed “overwhelming support” for the billboard campaign.  https://www.cerc.com/

Outstanding Content on Economic Development Topics: Connecticut Economic Resource Center – CERC Eye on Economics, Rocky Hill, CT
CERC’s Eye on Economics is released each month and generally focuses on economic topics, research and data that are important to the economic development efforts in Connecticut. It is sent out via CERC’s enews and posted on CERC.com.
Eye on Economics delivers consistent, quality economic development content that is clear, well-organized and based on reliable research and data sources. It evidences an understanding of what businesses, economic development professionals, legislators and other policy makers find most informative and useful when considering potential investments and planning.  https://www.cerc.com/

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