Regional Leadership Council

The Regional Leadership Council (RLC) was formed in 1979 by ten major Chamber member CEOs and is now a consortium of 25 of the largest employers in Greater New Haven.  Staffed by the Chamber, the RLC sets priorities for economic development and shapes policies to foster sustained economic growth for Greater New Haven.

Over the years, the RLC has assisted in the formation of the Regional Economic Xcelleration and the Town Green Special Services District.  RLC members participated in important initiatives such as the ICIC Inner City Business Strategy and the establishment of the Tweed New Haven Airport Authority.  The RLC provides targeted support for the arts, educational issues, and regional marketing.

For more information, contact Tony Rescigno at 203-782-4340 or arescigno@gnhcc.com.


New Haven Manufacturers Association

One of the Chamber’s oldest affiliations, the New Haven Manufacturer’s Association (NHMA), was founded in 1913 as the Employers’ Association of New Haven County. NHMA is Greater New Haven’s most authoritative manufacturing resource that connects members with numerous process experts, legislative policy makers, networking contacts, workforce enhancement and trade schools.

The NHMA promotes and advocates causes important to the manufacturing community in the Greater New Haven region and beyond, educates members on topics of interest and best practices in their business, and provides a forum for the exchange of ideas and issues. Each organization serves on each other’s board of directors, which fosters a coordinated approach to job growth and workforce training.

The Chamber has long recognized the important role manufacturing plays in the region’s economy. Despite the growth of new technologies, manufacturing is still a core industry in this state. There are over 5,000 manufacturing companies in Connecticut, employing more than 200,000 workers who are paid more than $10 billion per year.  NHMA members currently employ more than 12,000 individuals.  

For information on the NHMA, contact Jerry Clupper at 203-387-5121 or JerryC@ssicg.com.


Regional Economic Xcelleration (REX)

REX is a resource to the new things that are happening in South Central Connecticut. Created in 1996, REX was formed as the economic development entity for the 15 towns served by the South Central Regional Council of Governments (SCRCOG).

Its initiatives include helping in business expansion, relocation assistance, job placement advice, and connecting professionals that share similar passions.

REX territory is a vibrant region of small cities, suburbs and rural communities situated between New York and Boston. The region is strategically located at the intersection of Interstates 91 and 95. Convenient rail connections via Amtrak, Metro-North, and Shore Line East provide access from Boston to D.C. and all along the Connecticut shoreline. You can reach the entire eastern seaboard easily from the Canadian border in the north to the North Carolina border in the south— a 500-mile radius. For trips farther afield, the region offers quick access to Tweed New Haven Regional Airport, Bradley International Airport, La Guardia, JFK, Providence and White Plains.

 For more information contact Ginny Kozlowski, Executive Director, at 203-821-3682 or ginnyk@rexdevelopment.org.


Tweed New Haven Airport Authority

Tweed New Haven Airport Authority manages and operates Tweed New Haven Regional Airport under a long term lease from the City of New Haven.  Chartered by the State legislature, the Authority is a 15-member board of directors appointed by the mayors of New Haven and East Haven and by the South Central CT Regional Council of Governments.  The Airport is operated by the firm of AvPORTS and administered in part by Chamber staff.  Improving scheduled air service and the physical infrastructure at Tweed is considered the #1 economic development priority of the region.

US Airways serves the region with daily flights to its hub in Philadelphia, with connecting flights to over 200 destinations.  Visit www.flytweed.com for more information.


South Central CT Regional Alliance

The South Central CT Regional Alliance is an ad hoc association of 18 region-wide organizations that provides a variety of services in south central Connecticut.  The Alliance meets eight times a year to share priorities and address common challenges.

Because of the wide range of member organizations, the Alliance is in a unique position to focus on regional issues in the context of human services, government, economic development, culture, housing, and transportation issues. Members coordinate their resources and programs and actively work toward regional cooperation.