The Connecticut Economic Resource Center
(CERC) annually hosts Celebrate Connecticut!
, an event which gathers economic development and business professionals from across Connecticut to honor top companies, projects, programs, organizations and individuals for their contribution to the state’s economy.
At the November 28, 2012 event at The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, a joint effort by the Alliance's International Business Council and the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford
- the Connecticut-Israel Technology Summit
- was recognized for the Best Program Award. The Technology Summit was launched in 2011 to foster business and cultural relationships among the Hartford Region, the State of Connecticut and Israel. The 2012 Technology Summit attracted over 150 participant companies from the United States and 12 from Israel to the Rentschler Field facilities in East Hartford. Pictured center, Laura Zimmerman, Associate Vice President of Jewish Public Affairs, accepts the Best Program Award from DECD Commissioner Catherine Smith and CERC President and Chief Executive Officer Robert Santy.
Also honored during the course of this year's Celebrate Connecticut! event was Nufern
, an optical fiber and fiber laser manufacturer. Nufern decided in favor of its Connecticut location for a multi-million dollar expansion and was the first recipient of benefits entitled by the Bradley Development Zone. The MetroHartford Alliance was a key player in achieving passage of legislation related to the creation of this special area. Nufern's President, Martin Seifert, is a member of the board for the Bradley Development League
. Pictured left and accepting the Project of the Year (North Central Region) Award is Bryce Samson, Ph.D., Vice President of Business Development for Nufern.