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 July 2013
Southeastern CT News
        The old saying about being careful about what you wish for seemed very true this month.  Back in May we were all wishing that summer would finally arrive in Southeastern CT and Mother Nature complied with the hottest and most humid (but with no rain) month ever -- or so it seemed. 

        But, good news arrived with the summer's heat.  Very good news indeed!  seCTer was designated an Economic Development District (EDD) by the Federal Economic Development Administration (EDA).  This designation will help our region and its towns in applications for grants from federal agencies to bolster economic development in the region.  We are planning a meeting of municipal leaders with our EDA representative within the next few months to discuss what this all means for seCTer and how we can best leverage our EDD designation.

       More good news is below!  seCTer has a new Executive Director, starting in August; and the Procurement Technical Assistance Program named a new leader to replace retiring Brien Robertson. 

     Several CEDS projects in the region are gaining momentum including the formation of the Southeastern CT Cultural Coalition , which has just posted a job listing for an Executive Director, so things are really moving along on that project.  The Eastern Advanced Manufacturing Alliance is also up and running, and recently sent surveys out to members and potential members to determine needs and focus for the organization.  More coming on that. Thanks to State Representative Betsy Ritter, legislation was passed in the General Assembly directing the Dept. of Economic and Community Development & CT Innovations (CI) to formulate a plan to facilitate the Bioscience and Pharmaceutical cluster in the region.  The Southeastern CT Entrepreneurs Network is currently framing an outline to assist DECD in this endeavor. 

      Development of the Gateway Project area in East Lyme is gearing up after some years of delay due to the economy, and the water connections between New London and East Lyme are underway. Cleanup continues at the Preston Riverwalk.  The leaders and residents of our towns are hard at work to make southeastern Connecticut the very best area of  southern New England in which to locate a business, and to live!   
Steve MacKenzie joins seCTer as Executive Director     
     The Board of Directors of the SouthEastern CT Enterprise Region recently named C. Stephen MacKenzie
Steveas its new Executive Director. Mr. MacKenzie fills the position previously held by the late John C. Markowicz, who served as seCTer Executive Director from 1997 to 2012.

       Mr. MacKenzie comes to seCTer  from his position as Sr. Vice President at the Connecticut Economic Resource Center (CERC), the largest economic development public-private partnership in the state. He previously held positions as  Director of Economic Development for the City of Stamford from June 1999 to October 2002; Senior Executive at the Nova Scotia Department of Economic Development, Investment and Trade Division from November 1995 to April 1999; and  Manager of Sales and Marketing for Bridport Industries Ltd. in Nova Scotia from September 1993 to November 1995.  


       Currently a resident of Fairfield, he plans to relocate to the southeastern Connecticut region.He will begin at seCTer on August 1.  We welcome Steve to his new position!  Mr. MacKenzie stated: "I am very grateful to the Board for this marvelous opportunity, and I am excited to begin working for the constituents of the Southeastern Connecticut Enterprise Region".     Read Complete Release Here.    

PTAP Welcomes New Director

            Ms. Lisa Wood has been named the new Director of  the Procurement Technical Assistance Program (CT-PTAP), a statewide program managed by seCTer. Ms. Wood fills the position recently opened by the retirement olisaf Brien Robertson, former program director. She previously was the statewide Director of the Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTAC) for the Ohio Department of Development with five regional offices throughout the state. CT-PTAP provides marketing and technical assistance to Connecticut businesses selling, or interested in selling, their products and/or services to federal, state and local government agencies. The agency has field offices in Torrington, Bridgeport and Hartford as well as its main office in New London.   Services include customized client bid matching, individual counseling, seminars, bid/proposal preparation, assistance with Central Contractor Registration (CCR) and specialized marketing assessments.  Read Complete Release Here.

seCTer Clients  Recognized in Local Press

        Three of seCTer's local clients were recently profiled in the Day  of New London.  All three are newer companies that produce innovative products.  Fibrelite in Stonington is an international company making composite manhole covers, which located its US branch in southeastern CT in the early 2000's. Killer Minnow in downtown New London is an animation, game design and video production firm,formed by a former attorney and former Sonalysts associates.  AgroSci, a recent addition to the innovative economy of the region is located in Colchester where they make and distribute "The Lazy Gardener" plant  watering systems.  They have additional products on the drawing boards, using similar technologies.

      All three of these companies have used the services of seCTer's Loan Department.  Several other new companies are exploring locating in the region and we hope to be able to share more good news on those in coming newsletter.

Upcoming Events

August 14:
OSHA Seminar, Three Rivers Community College, 9am-Noon.More info here. 

August 21:  
UConn Avery Point, Ribbon Cutting, Student Center.  3:00pm.  RSVP to 860-405-9048 

August 22:
Meet seCTer's new Executive Director. Garde Arts Center, 5-7pm. Contact for more information. 

September 24:
 Meet Dr. Edison Liu, CEO of Jackson Labs who will discuss Bio-science initiatives in Ct.  Ft. Trumbull Conference Center, 3-5pm.  More information will be forthcoming. 

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