Catherine H. Smith, Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) will keynote the 219th Annual Meeting of the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce. The event will take place at 7:30 a.m., Thursday, April 18, 2013 at the Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale.
Smith is the Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), the lead state agency responsible for attracting and retaining businesses and jobs, revitalizing neighborhoods and communities, expanding affordable housing opportunities and fostering appropriate development in Connecticut. Her top economic development priorities are to strengthen the state’s efforts to nurture and drive innovation; effectively promote and market the state’s many business advantages within Connecticut and beyond its borders; and place a renewed emphasis on all aspects of customer service in order to make the state more business-friendly and attractive for investment. Smith is a frequent speaker at industry conferences has been recognized by U.S. Banker magazine’s “Top 25 Most Powerful Nonbank Women in Finance.”
The Annual Meeting features the election of its Board of Directors. The Chamber will also present its prestigious Corporate Heritage Award to Clifford Beers. The Corporate Heritage Award honors businesses that have operated successfully for more than 100 years in New Haven.
The Chamber gratefully acknowledges the generosity of co-presenting sponsors First Niagara and Southern Connecticut State University; speaker sponsor UnitedHealthcare; Corporate Heritage sponsor Bank of America; event sponsors Falcone Art Studio and S.M. Photographic Artist; print sponsor TYCO; and prize sponsor Costco.