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MetroHartford Alliance Announces Staff Promotions and Changes

Hartford, Conn. (September 6, 2016) -- The MetroHartford Alliance is pleased to announce three important moves that will strengthen the organizations preeminent economic development mission that has steadily and significantly expanded each year. The first is that Becky Nolan, currently serving as Vice President of Business Development, will assume the title of Vice President of Global and Domestic Business Development reporting directly to Oz Griebel, President and Chief Executive Officer. Becky has done an outstanding job in enhancing the Region’s foreign direct investment initiatives working with the Alliance’s International Business Council (IBC) and many of the IBC members. Specific successes have been evident with efforts involving Israel, Germany, and more recently, Brazil. At the same time, Becky has excelled as the Alliance’s primary contact for site selectors, municipal investors, and the State in responding to opportunities for the expansion of indigenous businesses and for the relocation of others seeking to establish a presence in the Northeast.  

To support Becky and those who lead our other economic development initiatives, Mia Przblyla-Irons, who has been serving as Administrative Coordinator, has been promoted to Economic Development Research and Project Analyst. In her expanded role, Mia will specifically augment the efforts of Becky as well as Amy Cunningham of the Connecticut Health Council in providing relevant data to assist our efforts to grow private sector jobs and capital investment. Mia will report to Becky and continue to support the Council's programs and a number of the Alliance Investor Relations activities.
 
The Alliance also is announcing that John Shemo, Vice President and Director of Economic Development will be transitioning to part time status effective on October 1st. In his revised role, John will retain responsibility through 2017 for our Innovation Destination: Hartford (IDH) initiative and for other matters associated with our involvement in the Region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, including the highly acclaimed IDH website and the recently launched support for second stage companies. John will continue to report directly to Oz Griebel with the title of Vice President of Entrepreneurial Ecosystems, and will support Becky Nolan and other staff members on specific business development initiatives. John has been with the Alliance since its inception in 2001 and was a senior executive for many years with the Capital Region Growth Council, one of the Alliance’s predecessor organizations. The Alliance is pleased John will continue to contribute his considerable expertise and experience to the organization.
 
The Alliance enthusiastically underscores the robust and comprehensive nature of the economic development efforts that drive the mission of ensuring that the Region competes aggressively and successfully for jobs, capital, and talent. In addition, Susan Winkler continues to drive the Connecticut Insurance and Financial Services Cluster as an ever more valued resource for both our investors and the State’s economic development efforts, while Julie Daly Meehan just led the 10th anniversary celebration of HYPE, an initiative that grows stronger by the day.  With the complementary work of Linda Mitrook, Vice President and Director; Brian Boyer, Vice President of Communications, Marketing and Media Relations; Julio Concepcion, Vice President of Hartford Partnerships; and Patrick McGloin, Vice President of Government Relations & Public Policy, coupled with our effective partnerships with numerous other organizations, the Alliance continues to evolve as an ever more effective leader on the multiple fronts of economic development.