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Connecticut’s Most Notable Economic Growth Initiatives Recognized for Impact, Influence on Communities & State

The Connecticut Economic Resource Center, Inc. (CERC) has named top economic development projects, programs and leaders from throughout the state to be honored at the annual CELEBRATE CT! event on Thursday evening, November 30, 2017 at The Bushnell in Hartford. 

The 21 honorees were selected by economic development officials in each of 10 regions across Connecticut for their contribution to the state’s economy – such as consistent or growing employment levels, playing a critical role in changing the character of its community or civic engagement, strong public/private collaboration to encourage new investment, or leadership resulting in growth or improvements.  The honorees include initiatives, businesses, organizations and individuals that are widely known in their communities, and some that are less well-known. 

“These awards acknowledge key people, programs and projects that are stimulating new jobs and investment in our economy,” said CERC President and CEO Robert Santy.  “They are well earned and well-deserved, and CERC is proud to recognize the 2017 honorees and their noteworthy accomplishments that are having a positive impact on Connecticut’s business environment.”

This is the 8th year the event is being hosted by CERC, a nonprofit corporation and public-private partnership that provides economic development services, working closely with an extensive network of state, regional, local and utility partners to leverage Connecticut’s unique advantages as a premier business location.

Nearly 200 economic development and business professionals from around the state are expected to attend CELEBRATE CT!  To register or sponsor the event, visit

award honorees:

Capitol Region/Hartford
Joining Technologies
UCONN Hartford Campus

Central/New Britain
Alvarium Beer Company
Jasko Development LLC

South Central/New Haven
Stony Creek Brewery
Mike Freda (for Amazon Fulfillment Center, North Haven)

Southeastern/New London
Beer’d Brewing
Sean Nugent (for Preston Riverwalk)

Lower CT River Valley/Middlesex
Goodspeed Musicals
Pegasus Manufacturing

Naugatuck Valley/Waterbury
Basement Systems
Bristol Centre Square Project

BRT General Corporation
Ferguson Library (1 Million Cups)
Inspira Marketing Group

Corvus Capital Partners LLC
Future Health Care Systems

Heirloom Food Company

Thompson Branding Plan

Northwest Hills/Torrington
Hurley Manufacturing
Whiting Mills