HARTFORD, CT – JUNE 28, 2017 – The MetroHartford Alliance announced today that Oz Griebel, the President and CEO of the Alliance since its inception in 2001, has informed the organization of his decision to leave his position at the end of the calendar year to pursue other leadership opportunities. Joe Savage, Executive Vice Chair of Webster Bank and Chair of the Alliance Board said: “We have been fortunate to have had Oz at the helm for more than 16 years leading the Alliance’s economic development efforts in the Region. As a result of Oz’s leadership, we have established numerous initiatives that have strengthened the private sector, especially during challenging economic times. The work of the Connecticut Insurance and Financial Services Cluster, the Connecticut Health Council, and the Global Business Council illustrate the type of success that we can achieve by working together for the betterment of the State’s economy, thereby providing meaningful employment opportunities for Connecticut residents. It’s been a pleasure to have worked with Oz, and the Alliance looks forward to continuing to do so in his next role in helping to drive growth in private sector employment and investment in the State.”
The Alliance had previously noted that it would engage a consultant to help sharpen its areas of focus and thereby strengthen the Region’s and State’s ability to drive growth in private sector employment and capital investment. Andy Bessette, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of Travelers Companies and the successor to Savage as Board Chair on July 1st, said: “Since the Alliance’s beginning in 2001, Oz has provided invaluable leadership driving numerous economic development initiatives. The Alliance’s marketing of the Region’s assets to national site selectors and to our local entities and residents and the creation of HYPE are just two examples of how the Alliance effectively uses investor resources to strengthen and promote the Region. The Alliance has also been an effective advocate for the City of Hartford as the Region’s dynamic urban core, and Oz coordinated the creation of the Hartford Business Improvement District and has helped with the recruitment of numerous major sporting events to the XL Center. More recently, the launch of the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem focuses on the talent and innovation that have always characterized the Nutmeg State. I’m very pleased that Oz will remain with the Alliance for the remainder of the year to help us elevate the Alliance to world class status as an economic development organization and to identify his successor and that he will continue to contribute his considerable experience and energy to the Region and the State.”
Griebel commented: “It has been a genuine privilege to have worked with so many talented and dedicated individuals at the Alliance and those at our investors and other organizations throughout the State and at all levels of government. Our successful efforts to ensure that the Region competes aggressively and successfully for jobs, capital, and talent have been based on a sustained combination of inspiration and perspiration and on a commitment to working together for the greater good. I especially salute the many people who labor in the public policy arena to strengthen the climate necessary for us to compete aggressively and successfully. Our teamwork has resulted in many accomplishments that range from the elimination of the surcharge on commercial property taxes in the City to keeping a focus on items, such as the Constitutional spending cap, that are critical to a respected, predicable, and sustainable fiscal foundation. I’m most grateful for all of these interactions over the past 16 years that have contributed to the well-being of the Region, and I thank Joe, all of the prior Chairs, the Alliance Board, and all of our investors for their critical support and treasured friendship. I eagerly look forward to working with Andy, the Board, and my Alliance colleagues to ensure a smooth transition to our 2018 priorities and to a new leader who will bring fresh perspectives and ideas to the Region. The energy and intellectual capital of Connecticut’s people are our greatest assets, and I eagerly anticipate my next opportunity to leverage them through ever greater collaboration to benefit all residents.”
The mission of the MetroHartford Alliance is to ensure that the Hartford Region competes aggressively and successfully for jobs, capital and talent so that it remains a premier place for all people to live, play, work, start and grow a business, and raise a family.