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CEDAS MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Mark Cousineau, President, Community Investment Corporation

  1. What does the term economic development mean to you?
    Economic development is about improving communities.  Communities need to be safe; have education systems that work and are accessible; have adequate housing options; have opportunity for individuals (jobs) and businesses – the full list (if anyone can really quantify it) is long.  Improving any single facet of that intertwined web is economic development.  That’s why our profession is so fascinating. 

  2. What is an average day like for you?
    Caffeinated and long.

  3. What is your proudest accomplishment?
    Helping to grow Community Investment Corporation’s profitability to a point where we have the capacity to offer “access to capital” small business loan programs that provide financing opportunity to underserved markets.  Talent without opportunity is wasted talent and I am proud that CIC invests in small business loan programs that provide opportunities where little exist.   

  4. What is your next goal?
    At some point I’m going to retire and pursue some personal passions.  In the meantime, the next big goal is to position CIC for a smooth transition to new leadership when that time comes.  

  5. What do you want to tell us about Community Investment Corporation?
    We cover the entire state of CT (and RI) and we are available to meet with you and/or your small business clients to discuss project financing whenever a need arises.  From building and M&E acquisition for a growing business to leasehold improvements and working capital for businesses trying to fill space on your Main Street, we have affordable products that may help.   

  6. Are you Dunks or Starbucks?

  7. If you had to be shipwrecked on a deserted island, but all your human needs—such as food and water—were taken care of, what two items would you want to have with you?
    A voodoo doll and a lock of the President’s hair.
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