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John J. Shemo

  • Business Development

Vice President and Director of Economic Development, MetroHartford Alliance

John Shemo has spent more than 30 years in municipal and regional planning and economic development in Connecticut.  

He served as Town Planner for East Hartford for eight years and as Economic Development Director for South Windsor for eight years. 

In 1993 John was named thHe served as Town Planner for East Hartford for eight years and as Economic Development Director for South Windsor for eight years. 

In 1993 John was named the first executive director of the Corporation for Regional Economic Development serving southeastern Connecticut. In 1993 he joined the Connecticut Capitol Region Growth Council as Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and was later named Executive Vice President. As part of a merger between the Growth Council and the MetroHartford Chamber of Commerce, he became the Vice President and Director of Economic Development for the MetroHartford Alliance.     

His community work includes having served as President of the East Hartford Rotary Club. He currently serves as a Director of Capital Workforce Partners and the Capital Community College Foundation Board.  In 1980, he served as a member of the Governor’s Aquifer Protection Task Force, which established statewide regulations governing the protection of aquifers.
He is a Past President of the Connecticut Economic Development Association as well as the Northeastern Economic Developers Association. In 2002 John received the Developer of the Year Award from the CT Chapter of NEDA and in 2006 was named Member of the year by NEDA. In 2010 he was named Member of the Year by the Connecticut Economic Development Association.  John was named a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International in 2000.
John earned his B.A. in Urban Studies from the University of Connecticut, and his Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Hartford.


  • Young Professionals
  • Higher Education – adult degree completion, student retention
  • Innovation/Entrepreneurship
  • Municipal and regional economic development
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Rebecca A. Nolan, EDP

  • Business Development

Vice President, Business Development, MetroHartford Alliance

Rebecca supports lead management and real estate services for business development activities in domestic and international markets. In this role, she is a liaison to the real estate brokerage, and site selection consultant communities. She provides consulting activities for municipalities, chambers of commerce and other economic development organizations.

Prior to joining the Alliance in 2005, Rebecca held positions with SullivanHayes Companies Northeast, LLC, a commercial retail brokerage firm located in Farmington.

Rebecca is a member of the Connecticut Economic Development Association (CEDAS), the Northeastern Economic Developers Association (NEDA), International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), and CoreNet Global Network (Corporate Real Estate Executives Network) CT/Westchester Chapter.  She also was the first recipient of the Lisa M. Kolodziej scholarship from CEDAS in 2009 to pursue her professional education in economic development.

In 2011, she received CEDAS President’s Award for outstanding contributions to the association. She is a major contributor to the communications committee and supports the CEDAS board on their initiatives and mission.

Rebecca currently serves on the program planning team for Northeast Utilities’ Community Builders Institute; Co-chairs the program committee for the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) CT ICSC Alliance; represents MetroHartford Alliance on the steering committee for the Hartford-Springfield Economic Partnership (HSEP); is a former board member for HSEP’s program; and sits on the Capital Campaign Steering Committee for Community Health Resource (CHR).

Rebecca holds a bachelor's degree in Graphic Design and Fine Arts from the University of Hartford, Hartford Arts School.  She graduated from of the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute and received her Economic Development Professional (EDP) designation from the Northeastern Economic Developers Association in 2010. 


  • Municipal economic development
  • International business recruitment and retention
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