Vice President of Partnerships
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Courtney has 20 years of experience as a local economic developer with expertise in commercial real estate and business retention and attraction. Passionate about local government and its direct impact on residents and business, she oversees AdvanceCT’s services to municipalities and regions, including economic and land-use support such as regulatory process improvement, commercial real estate analysis, and targeted business retention and recruitment strategies.
Prior to joining AdvanceCT, Courtney served as Assistant Town Manager in Enfield, CT, revitalizing the town’s Thompsonville section and developing a business incubator, and as Economic Development Director in Farmington, CT, targeting bioscience industry growth through strategic partnerships. She also was the director of community development for Connecticut Main Street Center. She began her career in Austin, Texas, working on large scale economic development projects for the city manager’s office. She received a bachelor’s in government and sociology from Connecticut College and a master’s in public affairs from The University of Texas at Austin.
Courtney is past board president of the Connecticut Economic Development Association (CEDAS) and the Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW CT). She was chosen as CEDAS’ Member of the Year in 2012 and received AdvanceCT SiteFinder’s Local Economic Developer Award. Courtney is past chair of MetroHartford Alliance’s Regional Economic Development Forum, past co-chair of the International Council of Shopping Centers P3 Retail Program in Connecticut, and a graduate of Leadership Greater Hartford’s QUEST leadership development program. She regularly conducts economic development training across the state and presents at conferences for the CT Conference of Municipalities, the Northeastern Economic Development Association, and the International Economic Development Council, and is committed to the advancement of women in economic development, local government and commercial real estate.
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