The following Offices comprise the Department of Economic and Community Development.


Office of the Commissioner 
Several key agency functions are located within the Office of the Commissioner, including the following: 

  • Communications
  • Government Relations
  • Legal 
  • Human Resources

Office of Business Development  

This office is the principal point of contact for in-state and out-of-state companies seeking assistance.
Email:  Patricia Paesani                   
Phone: (860) 500-2415

Office of Small Business Affairs
The Office of Small Business Affairs coordinates local, state and federal resources available to Connecticut's small businesses. 
Email:  Sheila Hummel                   
Phone: (860) 500-2405

Office of Brownfield Remediation and Development
Provides a “one stop” state resource for information on the programs and services available for brownfield redevelopment in Connecticut. 
Email:  Binu Chandy
Phone: (860) 500-2454

Office of Community Development

This office manages a wide variety of economic and community development capital projects, most notably those funded by the Urban Act Grant Program (administered through the Office of Policy and Management), Small Town Economic Assistance Program (STEAP), Connecticut Communities Challenge Grant Program and the Community Investment Fund 2030 Grant program.

Email: Susan Decina for STEAP grant program and project management related questions.

Phone: (860) 500-2463

Email: Kimberley Parsons-Whitaker for Connecticut Communities Challenge Grant program and project management related questions.

Phone: (860) 205-6350

Email: Matt Pugliese for programmatic or compliance questions.

Phone: (860) 280-8710

Email: Melinda Wilson for Community Investment Fund 2030 project management related questions.

Phone: (959) 895-5517

Office of Film, Television & Digital Media
The statewide contact for motion picture, television and digital media production and serves as liaison between production companies, state agencies, municipalities, production facilities, local crew and vendors. The office also administers several tax credit programs designed to incentivize the development of the industry in Connecticut. 
Email:  Mark Dixon                           
Phone: (860) 500-2318 

Office of Finance and Administration
Plans, organizes and coordinates the fiscal and administrative functions that support the department's activities. One of the top priorities is developing and maintaining a technology-based management information system consistent with industry standards.
Email:  Kathy Woodward
Phone: (860) 500-2423

Office of Arts and Historic Preservation
Develops and strengthens the arts in Connecticut and makes artistic experiences widely available to residents and visitors as well as administering a range of federal and state programs that identify, register and protect the buildings, sites, structures, districts and objects that comprise Connecticut's cultural heritage.
Email:  Melissa Diaz
Phone: (860) 500-2347

Office of Tourism
Partners with the Connecticut business community and regional tourism partners to position the state as a prime destination for leisure and business travelers and encourages strategic investment.
Email:  Jennifer Haag
Phone: (860) 500-2465

Office of Financial Review and Compliance
Provides financial reviews of potential economic, community and housing development projects to be funded by the department, and is also responsible for compliance monitoring to assure adherence to audit statutes and regulations, and contractual obligations for activities funded by DECD.
Email: Mike Wieliczka
Phone: (860) 500-2467


450 Columbus Boulevard, Suite 5, Hartford, CT 06103