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September 28, 2018

CERC’s Santy to retire next year

Robert Santy

After a dozen years at the helm of the economic development nonprofit Connecticut Economic Resource Center, Robert Santy plans to retire next year.

 CERC, based in Rocky Hill, said Santy made the announcement at its Wednesday board meeting.

“On behalf of the board, I want to express my sincere gratitude for the collaborative partnership we have had from Bob in all of his efforts to help build and improve Connecticut’s economy,” CERC board chair Bart Kollen, who is deputy commissioner at the Department of Economic and Community Development, said in a statement. “His strategic expertise and accomplishments have strengthened our state and are an example to those in the economic development profession.”

The board voted this week to begin a search for Santy’s replacement.

CERC counts more than a dozen state agencies among its client base, providing marketing and research services, including helping to promote Connecticut and its available commercial properties to businesses outside the state. It also works with municipalities and businesses. It generated $3.5 million in revenue in 2016, according to its most recent available tax filing on Guidestar.

“My decision to step down during CERC’s 25th year comes at a time when we’re in a strong position, working with our partners, to continue delivering on our mission to help Connecticut be competitive,” Santy said in a statement. “I look forward to working with the board on a smooth and effective transition, and will continue to be very much engaged in my role as president and CEO.”

Prior to joining CERC in 2007, Santy led Regional Growth Partnership, a New Haven economic development nonprofit. He was also a DECD deputy commissioner during the Weicker administration.

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