A Summary of Connecticut's Enterprise Zone Program

Contact

To reach any of the designated municipal Enterprise Zone coordinators (listed alphabetically by the name of the municipality). Please feel free to contact any directly and ask whether there currently any properties available to develop that could be qualified to receive future benefits, and ask whether there are any Statutory restrictions.

Ansonia, CT

Beacon Falls, CT

Bloomfield, CT

Bridgeport, CT

Bristol, CT

Cheshire, CT

Derby, CT

East Granby, CT

East Hartford, CT

Farmington, CT

Griswold, CT

Groton, CT

Hamden, CT

Hartford, CT

Lisbon, CT

Meriden, CT

Middlebury, CT

Middletown, CT

Naugatuck, CT

New Britain, CT

New Haven, CT

New London, CT

Norwalk, CT

Norwich, CT

Plainfield, CT

Plainville, CT

Putnam, CT (updated/replaced 9/2/2021)

Seymour, CT

Southington, CT

Sprague, CT

Stamford, CT

Sterling, CT

Suffield, CT

Thomaston, CT

Thompson, CT

Torrington, CT

Waterbury, CT

Waterford, CT *(approved 2021)

West Haven, CT *(approved 2021)

Winchester, CT

Windham, CT

Windsor, CT

Windsor Locks, CT

DECD staff 

 

ANSONIA

Sheila O’Malley

Economic Development Director

City Hall

253 Main Street

Ansonia, CT 06401

Tel: 203-437-1598b

Email: somalley@ansoniact.org

City government home page: www.cityofansonia.org

Local economic development site: http://www.cityofansonia.com/content/8132/8142/8150/default.aspx

Local economic development EZ page: https://nvcogct.gov/what-we-do/economic-development/

 

BEACON FALLS

Gerard Smith

First Selectman

Board of Selectman

10 Maple Avenue

Beacon Falls, CT 06403

Tel: 203-729-4340 office

Email: gsmith@tobfct.com

Town government home page: https://www.beaconfalls-ct.org/

Local economic development site: https://www.beaconfalls-ct.org/businesses

Local economic development EZ page: https://www.beaconfalls-ct.org/businesses/pages/enterprise-corridor-zone

 

BLOOMFIELD

Jennifer Valentino Rodriguez

Director of Planning & Economic Development

Town Hall

800 Bloomfield Avenue

Bloomfield, CT 06002-0337

Tel: 860-769-3514

Email: jvalentino@bloomfieldct.gov

Town government home page: https://www.bloomfieldct.gov/departments

Local economic development site: https://www.bloomfieldct.gov/economic-development

Local economic development EZ page: https://www.bloomfieldct.gov/sites/bloomfieldct/files/uploads/enterprise_zone_guidelines.pdf;

 

BRIDGEPORT

Max Perez

Office of Economic Development

City of Bridgeport

999 Broad Street

Bridgeport, CT 06604

Tel. 203-576-3976; 203-727-2707

Email: max.perez@bridgeportct.gov

City government home page: https://www.bridgeportct.gov/

Local economic development page site: https://www.bridgeportct.gov/content/341307/341419/342515.aspx

Local enterprise zone page:  https://www.bridgeportct.gov/content/341307/341419/342539.aspx

 

BRISTOL

Justin Malley

Executive Director

Economic and Community Development 

111 N Main Street, # 6

Bristol, CT 06010

Tel. 860-584-6187

Email: justinmalley@bristolct.gov

City government home page: http://www.ci.bristol.ct.us/

Local economic development site: https://bristolallheart.com/doing-business-in-bristol/  

Local enterprise zone page: https://bristolallheart.com/doing-business-in-bristol/incentives/  

 

CHESHIRE

Gerald “Jerry” Sitko

Economic Development Coordinator

Economic Development

Town of Cheshire Town Hall

84 South Main Street

Cheshire, CT 06410

Tel. 203-271-6670

Email: jsitko@cheshirect.org

Town government home page: www.cheshirect.org

Local economic development site: https://www.cheshirect.org/government/departments_and_divisions/economic_development

 

DERBY

Carmen T. DiCenso

Economic Development Liaison

City Hall

1 Elizabeth Street, 1st Floor

Derby, CT 06418

Tel: 203-736-1478

Email: cdicenso@derbyct.gov

City government home page: https://www.derbyct.gov/

Local economic development site: https://www.derbyct.gov/economic-development

Local economic development EZ page: https://nvcogct.gov/what-we-do/economic-development/

 

EAST GRANBY

Robin Newton

Town Planner

9 Center Street, P.O. Box 1858

East Granby, CT 06026

Tel: 860-653-3444

Email: robinn@egtownhall.com

Town government home page: www.eastgranbyct.org

Local economic development site: https://eastgranbyct.org/economic-development-department/

Local economic development EZ page: http://www.bradleydevelopment.com/Doing_Business_Here/East_Granby/

 

EAST HARTFORD

Eileen Buckheit

Director, Planning & Development

Town Hall

740 Main Street

East Hartford, CT 06108

Tel: 860-291-7303

Email: ebuckheit@easthartfordct.gov

Town government home page: www.easthartfordct.gov

Local economic development site: https://www.easthartfordct.gov/development-planning

Local economic development EZ page: https://www.easthartfordct.gov/development-planning/pages/business-incentive-zones

 

FARMINGTON

Rose Ponte

Economic Development Director

Town of Farmington

1 Monteith Drive

Farmington, CT 06032-1053

Tel: 860-675-2395 office; 860 256-9692 cell

Email: ponter@farmington-ct.org

Town government home page: https://www.farmington-ct.org/home

Local economic development site: https://www.choosefarmington.com/

Local economic development EZ page: https://www.farmington-ct.org/about-us/economic-development/business-in-farmington/business-climate                


GRISWOLD

Mario J. Tirstany, Jr.

Town Planner

Griswold Town Hall

28 Main Street

Jewett City, CT 06352

Tel: 860-376-7060, ext. 2111

Email: townplanner@griswold-ct.org, http://www.griswold-ct.org/economic-development.html#edcdirector

Town government home page: http://www.griswold-ct.org/

Local economic development site: http://www.griswold-ct.org/economic-development.html

Local economic development EZ page: http://www.secter.org/Portals/0/pdfs/easternCTez.PDF

 

GROTON

Paige Bronk

Economic and Community Development Manager

Office of Planning and Development Services

Town of Groton Town Planning & Development

134 Groton Long Point Road

Groton, CT 06340

Tel: 860-448-4095

Email: pbronk@groton-ct.gov

Town government home page: https://www.groton-ct.gov/

Local economic development site: https://www.exploremoregroton.com/

Local economic development EZ pages: https://www.exploremoregroton.com/doing-business/incentives/p/item/695/enterprise-zone; and https://www.exploremoregroton.com/doing-business/incentives/p/item/694/airport-development-zone

 

HAMDEN  

Erik Johnson
Director
Department of Economic and Neighborhood Development
Town of Hamden
2750 Dixwell Ave.
Hamden, CT 06518
Tel.: 203-287-7030
Email: ejohnson@hamden.com
Town government home page: https://www.hamden.com/
Local economic development site: https://www.hamdenedc.com/
Local economic development EZ page: https://www.hamdenedc.com/business-incentives/state-enterprise-urban-jobs-and-railroad-depot-zone/state-enterprise-zone-program/

 

HARTFORD

Peter Bryanton
Senior Project Manager
City of Hartford
Tel: 860-757-9074
Email: Peter.Bryanton@Hartford.gov
City government home page: www.hartford.gov and https://www.hartfordct.gov/Government/Departments
Local economic development site: https://www.hartfordct.gov/Government/Departments/DDS/DDS-Divisions/Economic-Development

Economic development: https://www.hartfordct.gov/Government/Departments/DDS/DDS-Divisions/Economic-Development?BestBetMatch=enterprise%20zone|090c1e3c-2ac1-4121-8075-15b32338c03f|37d9b3bd-5c30-4ae2-9989-5f0ed3b567e1|en-US

City of Hartford Enterprise Zone map: https://www.hartfordct.gov/files/assets/public/development-services/economic-development/ed-documents/cityofhartford_enterprisezone.pdf 
City of Hartford Enterprise Zone ordinance: https://library.municode.com/ct/hartford/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=PTIIMUCO_CH32TAASIM_ARTIINGE_S32-17FIASENZO

 

 

KILLINGLY

Jill St.Clair

Economic Development Director

172 Main Street, 2nd Floor

Killingly, CT

Tel: 860-779-5342

Email: jstclair@killinglyct.gov ; https://www.killingly.org/user/3733/contact

Town government home page: https://www.killingly.org/

Local economic development site: https://www.killingly.org/economic-development

Local economic development EZ pages:
Killingly business guide: https://www.killingly.org/economic-development/pages/business-guide-2020
Enterprise Corridor Zone map: http://www.secter.org/Portals/0/pdfs/easternCTez.PDF

 

LISBON

Michael J. Murphy

Town Planner / SCCOG Consulting Planner

Town of Lisbon

1 Newent Road

Lisbon, CT 06351-0902

Tel: 860-885-8697 

Email: mmurphy@seccog.org

Town government home page: https://www.lisbonct.com/

Local economic development site: https://www.lisbonct.com/planning-zoning-commission

Local economic development EZ pages: https://www.lisbonct.com/planning-zoning-commission/pages/plan-conservation-development
Enterprise Corridor Zone map: http://www.secter.org/Portals/0/pdfs/easternCTez.PDF

 

MERIDEN

Joseph F. Feest

Economic Development Director

City of Meriden

142 East Main Street

Meriden, CT 06450

Tel. 203-630-4152

Email: jfeest@meridenct.gov

City government home page: www.cityofmeriden.org

Local economic development site: https://www.meridenct.gov/government/departments/economic-development/

Local economic development EZ pages: http://www.meridenbiz.com/incentives/ and http://www.meridenbiz.com/incentives/meriden-enterprise-zone-state-incentives/

 

MIDDLEBURY

Terrence McAuliffe

Chairman

Middlebury Economic and Industrial Development Commission (EIDC)

1212 Whittemore Road

Middlebury, CT 06762

Tel: 203-770-9744 cell

Email: eidcchairman@middlebury-ct.org

Town government home page: https://www.middlebury-ct.org/

Local economic development site: http://middleburyeconomicdevelopment-ct.org/; http://middleburyeconomicdevelopment-ct.org/doing-business-here

Local economic development EZ page: http://middleburyeconomicdevelopment-ct.org/tax-incentive-programs

 

MIDDLETOWN

Bobbye Knoll Peterson

Acting Director of Economic and Community Development

City of Middletown

245 DeKoven Drive, Suite 202

Middletown, CT 06057

Tel. 860-638-4843

Email: Bobbye.Peterson@MiddletownCT.Gov

City government home page: https://www.middletownct.gov/

Local economic development site: https://www.middletownct.gov/420/Economic-Development

Local economic development EZ page: https://ecode360.com/8364279

 

 

Economic Development Specialist

City of Middletown

245 DeKoven Drive, Suite 202

Middletown, CT 06057

Tel. 860-638-4839 

Email: 

City government home page: https://www.middletownct.gov/

Local economic development site: https://www.middletownct.gov/420/Economic-Development

Local economic development EZ page: https://ecode360.com/8364279

 

NAUGATUCK

Ronald J. Pugliese

President & CEO

Naugatuck Economic Development Corp. (NEDC)

270 Church Street

Naugatuck, CT 06770

Tel: 203-723-4411, 203-695-5248 cell

Email: rpugliese@naugatuckedc.com

Town government home page: http://www.naugatuck-ct.gov/content/113/123/125/default.aspx
Local economic development site: Naugatuck Economic Development Corporation http://www.naugatuckedc.com/

Local economic development EZ pages: Naugatuck Valley Council of Government https://nvcogct.gov/what-we-do/economic-development/

 

NEW BRITAIN

City of New Britain Planning & Development

Jack Benjamin
Director of Planning & Development
City of New Britain
27 West Main Street, Suite 311
New Britain, CT 06051
Tel.: 860-826-3333 office, 860-463-7985 cell
Email: jack.benjamin@newbritainct.gov

City government home page: www.newbritainct.gov

Local planning and development web page: http://newbritainct.gov/services/office_of_planning_n_development

 

For Enterprise Zone projects:

Hunter Mathena
Enterprise Zone Coordinator
Economic Development Office
City of New Britain
27 West Main Street, Room 311
New Britain, CT 06051
Tel: 860-826-3403
Email: Hunter.Mathena@newbritainct.gov
City government home page: www.newbritainct.gov
Local economic development web site: http://www.newbritainct.gov/about_nb/economic_development.htm
Local economic development page with EZ information: http://www.newbritainct.gov/services/economic_development/economic_development_toolkit.htm
Enterprise Zone addresses: http://www.newbritainct.gov/services/economic_development/enterprise_zone_addresses.htm   


NEW HAVEN

Helen Rosenberg

Economic Development Officer

City of New Haven, OBD

165 Church Street

New Haven, CT 06510

Tel: 203-946-5889

Email: HRosenb@newhavenct.gov

City government home page: https://www.newhavenct.gov/

Local economic development site: https://www.newhavenct.gov/gov/depts/ed/default.htm

Local economic development EZ page: newhavenct.gov/gov/depts/obd/business/get_incentives_n_funding.htm

 

NEW LONDON

Elizabeth K. Nocera

Community & Economic Development Project Coordinator

Office of Development & Planning

City Hall

181 State Street

New London, CT 06320

Tel: 860-437-6309

Email: ENocera@newlondonct.org

City government home page: http://www.ci.new-london.ct.us/

Local economic development site: https://developnewlondon.com/doing-business/incentive-programs/

Local economic development EZ page: http://www.ci.new-london.ct.us/content/7433/7451/8747.aspx.

 

NORWALK

Sabrina Church Godeski

Director of Business Development & Tourism

Norwalk Redevelopment Agency

125 East Avenue, PO Box 5125

Norwalk, CT 06856-5125

Tel: 203-854-7948, 203-939-2202 cell

Email: sgodeski@norwalkct.org

City government home page: https://www.norwalkct.org/

Local economic development site: https://www.norwalkct.org/1490/Economic-and-Community-Development

Local economic development EZ page: https://www.norwalkct.org/1878/Enterprise-Zone

 

NORWICH

Peter A. Nystrom

Mayor

City of Norwich

100 Broadway

Norwich, CT 06360

Tel: 860-823-3700

Email:  pnystrom@cityofnorwich.com

 City government home page: http://www.norwichct.org/

Local economic development site: https://www.norwichct.org/608/Economic-Development 

Local economic development EZ pages: https://askncdc.com/programs-incentives/city-and-regional-incentives/ and https://www.askncdc.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Norwich-Urban-Enterprise-Zone-Brochure-Reduced.pdf

 

Kevin Brown

President

Norwich Economic Development Corporation

66 Franklin St
Norwich, CT 06360

Tel: 860-887-6964

Email: kbrown@askncdc.com

Website: https://askncdc.com/

 

OXFORD

Jeffrey Luff

Economic Development Director

486 Oxford Road

Oxford, CT 06478-1298

Tel: 203-828-6501

Email: econdev@oxford-ct.gov

Town government home page: https://www.oxford-ct.gov/

Local economic development site: https://www.oxford-ct.gov/economic-development

Local economic development EZ page: Waterbury-Oxford Airport https://ctairports.org/airports/waterbury-oxford/development/

 

PLAINFIELD

Mary Ann Chinatti

Town Planner

8 Community Avenue

Plainfield, CT 06374

Tel: 860-230-3028

Email: mchinatti@plainfieldct.org

Town government home page: https://www.plainfieldct.org/

Local economic development site: https://www.plainfieldct.org/ecodevcomm.asp

Local economic development EZ page: Enterprise Corridor Zone http://www.secter.org/Portals/0/pdfs/easternCTez.PDF

 

PLAINVILLE

Cal Hauburger

Director of Economic Development

Plainville Municipal Center, Room 100

One Central Square

Plainville, CT 06062

Tel: 860-793-0221, x-7178

Email: hauburger@plainville-ct.gov

Town government home page: https://www.plainvillect.com

Local economic development web pages: https://www.plainvillect.com/economic-development-agency
Local economic development EZ page: https://www.plainvillect.com/economic-development-agency/pages/local-state-business-incentive-programs

 

PUTNAM

Carly DeLuca

Director

Putnam Economic Development Commission

Town of Putnam, Putnam Municipal Complex

200 School Street

Putnam, CT 06260

Tel: 860-963-6800 x-200

Email: carly.deluca@putnamct.us

Town government home page: http://www.putnamct.us/

Local economic development site: https://www.putnamct.us/economic-community-development

Local economic development EZ pages: Enterprise Corridor Zone map http://www.secter.org/Portals/0/pdfs/easternCTez.PDF

 

SEYMOUR

Sheila O’Malley

Economic Development Director

Town Hall

1 First Street

Seymour, CT 063270

Tel: 203-888-2511

Email: somalley@seymourct.org

Town government home page: http://www.seymourct.org/

Local economic development site:  https://www.seymourct.org/departments/EconomicDevelopment

Local economic development EZ page: https://www.seymourct.org/TaxIncentives

 

SOUTHINGTON                                                                                                                                                                   

Lou Perillo

Director of Economic Development

Economic Development Office, Town Hall

196 & 200 North Main Street

Southington, CT 06489

Tel: 860-276-6297

Email: economicdevelopment@southington.org

Town government home page: https://www.southington.org/

Local economic development site: https://www.southington.org/departments/economic_development_office/index.php

Local economic development EZ page: https://www.southington.org/departments/economic_development_office/southington_s_enterprise_zone.php

 

SPRAGUE

Cheryl A. Blanchard

First Selectman

Town Hall

1 Main Street / P.O. Box 677

Baltic, CT 06330

Tel: 860.822.3000 Ext. 201

Email: firstselectman@ctsprague.org

Town government home page: https://www.ctsprague.org/

Local economic development is through the Selectman's Office: https://ctsprague.org/department.htm?id=5j9wgom8

Local economic development EZ pages: Enterprise Corridor Zone Map http://www.secter.org/Portals/0/pdfs/easternCTez.PDF

 

STERLING

Patricia Ball

Economic Development Coordinator

Town of Sterling

P.O. Box 157

Oneco (Sterling), CT 06373

Tel: 860-564-4752

Email: pball@sterlingct.us; ecdev@sterlingct.us

Town government home page: https://www.sterlingct.us/

Local economic development site: https://www.sterlingct.us/departments/economic-development/

Local economic development EZ pages: Enterprise Corridor Zone http://www.secter.org/Portals/0/pdfs/easternCTez.PDF

 

STAMFORD

Lorens Nadres

Director of Economic Development

Office of Economic Development

City of Stamford Government Center

888 Washington Blvd., 10th Floor

Stamford, CT 06904-2152

Tel: 203-977-5168

Email: LNadres@stamfordct.gov

City government home page: www.stamfordct.gov

Local economic development site: https://www.choosestamford.com/home-econdev

Local economic development EZ page: https://www.stamfordbusinessportal.org/business-incentives-1

 

STRATFORD

Mary Dean

Director

Department of Economic and Community Development

2725 Main Street

Stratford, CT 06615

Tel. 203-271-6670

Email: mdean@townofstratford.com

Town government home page: http://www.townofstratford.com/departments

Local enterprise zone page: http://www.townofstratford.com/content/39832/39846/39905/default.aspx; http://www.townofstratford.com/content/39832/39846/39905/40077.aspx

 

SUFFIELD

Bill Hawkins

Director of Planning & Development

Department of Economic Development

Town Hall

83 Mountain Road

Suffield, CT 06078

Tel: 860-668-3848 ext. 3332

Email: bhawkins@suffieldct.gov

Town government home page: https://www.suffieldct.gov/

Local economic development site: https://www.suffieldct.gov/departments/landuse/pz/edc  

Local economic development EZ pages: http://www.bradleydevelopment.com/

 

THOMASTON

Stacey Sefcik

Land Use Administrator/Town Planner

Town of Thomaston

158 Main Street

Thomaston, CT 06787

Tel: 860-283-8411 x 232

Email: ssefcik@thomastonct.org

Town government home page: www.thomastonct.org

Local economic development site: http://www.thomastonct.org/content/163/246/366/default.aspx

Local economic development EZ page: http://www.thomastonct.org/filestorage/82/1106/enterprize_zone_brochure.pdf

 

THOMPSON

Tyra Penn-Gesek

Director of Planning and Development

815 Riverside Drive / P.O. Box 899

North Grosvenordale (Thompson), CT 06255

Tel: 860-923-9475

Email: planner@thompsonct.org

Town government home page: https://www.thompsonct.org/

Local economic development site: https://www.thompsonct.org/planning-development

Local economic development EZ page: Enterprise Corridor Zone http://www.secter.org/Portals/0/pdfs/easternCTez.PDF

 

TORRINGTON

Rista Malanca

Director of Economic Development

City Hall

140 Main Street, Room 306

Torrington, CT 06790

Tel: 860-496-5920

Email: Rista_Malanca@torringtonct.org

City government home page: https://www.torringtonct.org/

Local economic development site: https://www.torringtonct.org/economic-development

Local economic development EZ page: https://www.torringtonct.org/economic-development/pages/relocating-or-starting-business

 

WATERBURY

City of Waterbury Economic Development:

Joseph McGrath
Director of Economic Development
City of Waterbury
235 Grand Street
Waterbury, CT 06702
Tel: 203-410-0457 cell
Email: jmcgrath@waterburyct.org
City government home page: https://www.waterburyct.org/content/9569/9605/
City economic development site: https://www.thewaterbury.com/


For Enterprise Zone projects
:

Zachary Keith

Project Manager

Waterbury Development Corporation

83 Bank Street, 3rd Floor

Waterbury, CT 06072

Tel: 203-346-2607, ext. 7287

Email: keith@wdconline.org

City government home page: https://www.waterburyct.org/content/9569/9605/

Local economic development site: https://www.thewaterbury.com/ and 
Waterbury Development Corp http://wdconline.org/

Local economic development EZ page: http://wdconline.org/content/98/430/1418/default.aspx

 

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WEST HAVEN 

Brian Miller, consultant

Department of Planning and Development
City Hall
355 Main Street
1st Floor
West Haven, CT 06516

Tel.: 203-937-3580

Email: bmiller@tmgne.com

City government home page: www.cityofwesthaven.com

Local economic development site: https://www.cityofwesthaven.com/174/Planning-and-Development

 

WINCHESTER

Pamela Colombie

Land Use Assistant

338 Main Street

Winchester, CT 06098

Tel: 860-738-6593; 860-987-7003 cell

Email: pcolombie@townofwinchester.org

Town government home page: https://www.townofwinchester.org/

Local economic development site: https://www.townofwinchester.org/open-for-business

 

WINDHAM

Jim Bellano

Director of Economic Development

Town of Windham

979 Main Street

Windham, CT 06226

Tel: 860-465-3062, 860-207-3599 cell

Email: jbellano@windhamct.com

Town government home page: www.windhamct.com

Local economic development site: https://www.windhamct.com/department.htm?id=tmy0umj3

Local economic development EZ page: https://www.windhamct.com/commission.htm?id=qqwatn9c

 

WINDSOR

Patrick McMahon

Economic Development Director

Town Hall

275 Broad Street

Windsor, CT 06095

Tel: 860-285-1877

Email: mcmahon@townofwindsorct.com 

Town government home page: https://townofwindsorct.com/

Local economic development site: https://townofwindsorct.com/economic-development/

Local economic development EZ page: https://townofwindsorct.com/economic-development/business-incentives/

 

WINDSOR LOCKS

Jennifer Rodriguez

Director of Planning and Development         

Town Hall

50 Church Street

Windsor Locks, CT 06095

Tel: 860-292-8696, 860-787-0313

Email: jrodriguez@WLOCKS.com

Town government home page: https://www.windsorlocksct.org/

Local economic development site: https://windsorlocksct.org/building-and-land-use/ and 
Bradley Development League http://www.bradleydevelopment.com/Regional_Profile/BDL_Towns/Windsor_Locks/

Local economic development EZ page: https://www.windsorlocksct.org/eidc/economic-incentives#bradley-international-airport 

 

 

 

STATE of CONNECTICUT – Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD)

Please leave questions about the statewide Enterprise Zone program of benefits at:

Main Enterprise Zone Program email box: DECDenterprisezone@ct.gov 
OR
Main Enterprise Zone Program telephone voicemail box: (860) 500-2456

Messages are checked regularly, please allow a few days for processing.

 

 

EZ Program Coordinator/Business Development Project Manager: Susan Chen, email DECDenterprisezone@ct.gov, tel/voicemail 860-500-2456

 

Director of Office of Small Business and Community Development: Sheila Hummel, email Sheila.hummel@ct.gov, office 860-500-2405 

Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD)

 

 

For inquiries from the press/media, please contact the DECD's Director of Communications: Jim Watson, Tel.: (860) 500-2482, jim.watson@ct.gov .