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Connecticut's Most Notable Economic Growth Initiatives Recognized for Impact, Influence on Communities and 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 Wednesday evening, December 5, 2018 at Infinity Hall in Hartford.

The 18 honorees were selected by economic development officials in each of 9 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 & CEO Robert Santy. “They are well earned and well-deserved, and CERC is proud to recognize the 2018 honorees and their noteworthy accomplishments that are having a positive impact on Connecticut’s business environment.”

This is the 9th year the event is being hosted by CERC, a nonprofit corporation and public-private partnership that drives economic development in Connecticut by providing research‐based data, planning and implementation strategies to foster business formation, recruitment and growth. The event also will celebrate CERC’s 25th anniversary.

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

Photos will be available after the 12/5 event.

The 2018 CELEBRATE CT! award honorees:

Capital (Hartford)/Central (New Britain) Region
Admill Machine
Energy and Innovation Park

South Central (New Haven) Region

Southeastern (New London Region)
Tylaska Marine & Aerospace

Lower CT River Valley (Middlesex) Region
Brownstone Exploration & Discovery Park/Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort
Wesleyan University

Naugatuck Valley (Waterbury) Region
Bad Sons Beer Company
The Station Restaurant

Western (Fairfield-Danbury) Region
Half Full Brewery
Makery Coworking

Metropolitan (Bridgeport) Region
PSEG Power Connecticut LLC
Wade’s Dairy, Inc.

Northeastern (Last Green Valley) Region
Northeastern CT Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy
Westminster Tool Inc.

Northwestern Hills (Torrington) Region
American Mural Project
South Farms