CT economic promoters named among N. America's top 50

BY Joe Cooper

HBJ Photos | Steve Laschever
HBJ Photos | Steve Laschever
David Griggs was recruited from Minnesota to lead MetroHartford Alliance in February.
Two key Connecticut business promoters have been named among North America's top 50 economic development professionals, according to a national consulting agency.

The 2018 list of North America's Top 50 Economic Developers by Consultant Connect, a firm bridging economic developers and site consultants, included MetroHartford Alliance CEO David Griggs and Jason Giulietti, vice president of business recruitment at the Rocky Hill-based Connecticut Economic Resource Center (CERC). The list does not rank winners.

Michigan-based Consultant Connect said winners were selected by industry leaders in economic development and site consulting for demonstrating "excellent practices, innovation, and success in building" communities.

In February, Griggs was recruited from Minnesota to lead MetroHartford Alliance, the region's economic-development promoter, after serving the Greater Minneapolis St. Paul Regional Economic Development Partnership for over six years.

As part of his strategy, Griggs applies data analysis and research to recruit employers and is known for his large network of global contacts that helped attract tens of thousands of jobs and lure private investment to the Minneapolis-St. Paul region.

Giulietti, named to Hartford Business Journal's 40 Under Forty list in 2011, works on business and recruitment development for CERC, a nonprofit public-private economic development partnership.

He previously served as senior vice president of the Northwest Connecticut Chamber of Commerce in support of workforce investment, manufacturing and more.

Giulietti also worked as UConn Foundation's director of corporate relations and as research economist for the Connecticut Business & Industry Association, the state's largest business lobby.

In December, Griggs and Giulietti will be honored at Consultant Connect's ECONOMIX event in Nashville.

Click here to view Consultant Connect's top 50 economic developers in North America.