JOAN McDONALD, Commissioner
Ronald F. Angelo, Jr., Deputy Commissioner
Joseph Oros, Chief of Staff
Established - 1995
Statutory authority - C.G.S. Chapters 127b, 127c and 578
Central office -
Average number of full-time employees -150
Recurring operating expenses - $15,201,589
Organizational structure - Commissioner’s Office, Office of Economic Development, Office of Responsible Development, Office of Strategy and Policy, Office of Municipal Development, Office of Housing Development and Finance, Office of Brownfield Remediation and Development, and Office of Finance and Administration.
The Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) develops and implements strategies to attract and retain businesses and jobs, revitalize neighborhoods and communities, ensure quality housing and foster appropriate development in Connecticut’s towns and cities.
Under the provisions of Chapters 127b, 127c and 578 of the Connecticut General Statutes, DECD administers programs and policies to promote business, housing, community development and brownfield redevelopment, and is the state agency responsible for promoting economic growth.
In an effort to provide continued quality service to its customers, the agency is staffed with highly trained economic, housing and community development professionals who identify customer and community needs and coordinate resources—both public and private—to meet those needs.
DECD (www.decd.org) promotes in-state
business and economic development, as well as out-of-state business
recruitment, through use of tax credits, financing, technical assistance, and
enterprise zones. Strategically, DECD supports comprehensive industry-based
economic development to strengthen the competitiveness of
DECD is the lead agency for promoting and implementing the state’s responsible development programs. To that end DECD provides engineering, architectural and construction management services, as well as project oversight for large-scale real estate development, including industrial site development and brownfield redevelopment. DECD provides assistance to both internal and external customers for permitting and regulatory compliance whether it is state or federal to allow for an expedited development process.
DECD maintains a special focus on building strong neighborhoods and providing quality housing services. The department promotes housing development through strategic investment, professional consultation, and program and policy development as well as provides municipalities and non-profits with financial and technical assistance for community development activities.
DECD’s economic and community development
investments, programs and services, and policy initiatives have made a
significant impact on the economy of
STRATEGY AND POLICY
Research and Planning
· On February 1, 2008, in accordance with Section 32-1m of the Connecticut General Statutes, DECD submitted its third comprehensive annual report on all of the department’s community, economic and housing development activities between July 1, 2006 and June 30, 2007. This report covers topics ranging from the social and economic impact of DECD programs to a listing of the DECD-funded community, economic and housing development projects. The primary goal of this comprehensive overview of the agency is to provide policymakers and the various constituencies served by DECD with a greater understanding of the varied and complex nature of DECD’s responsibilities with regard to each of its mandates. The report outlines the department’s progress in all areas of responsibility.
In accordance with Public Act 07-239, the DECD
embarked on preparing the first economic strategic plan for
Through the use of cutting-edge research tools such as the REMI Policy
Insight and TranSight models, DECD staff continues to conduct research
projects for internal use, as well as for external clients. In the past fiscal year, DECD performed
economic and fiscal impact analyses of
· DECD is responsible for the preparation of the state's Long-Range Housing Plan and the Consolidated Plan for Housing and Community Development. These two five-year strategic plans guide the state in implementing affordable housing and community development strategies and describe how the state will utilize its resources in these areas.
Business Assistance & Expansion
the Manufacturing Assistance Act (MAA), DECD funded a total of 23 projects
involving $29,187,000 in state funds, leveraging a total investment of
$189,183,760. These projects resulted in
the retention of 7,633 jobs in
· In partnership with the Connecticut Development Authority, DECD provided assistance to 5 businesses totaling $3,107,000. These projects will retain 327 jobs and will create an additional 72. The companies assisted include CBS Manufacturing Co., Inc., Flanagan Industries, Carwild Corp., Lex Products Corporation, and AKDO Intertrade, Inc.
· DECD continued to fund programs and services for small businesses across the state, including the Microloan Guarantee Program for Woman-Owned and Minority-Owned Businesses administered by the Community Economic Development Fund (CEDF), Revolving Loan Funds, the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), as well as the Minority Bonding Guaranty Program administered by Hartford Economic Development Corporation (HEDCo).
· DECD provided financial assistance to the following organizations: The Entrepreneurial Center of Hartford which provided 329 individuals with training and technical assistance, and created 192 jobs through 117 businesses developed by program graduates; the Women's Business Development Center (WBDC) of Stamford which provided assistance to 172 individuals through dedicated programs, roundtable meetings and counseling sessions, and provided 29 existing businesses and 13 new businesses with new business development technical assistance; CONNSTEP conducted 209 projects that created and/or retained 302 jobs; and CT PTAP (Connecticut Procurement Technical Assistance Program) helped businesses secure almost $204 million in government contracts that resulted in the creation or retention of 4,080 jobs.
DECD’s Office of International and Domestic Affairs
organized a European business recruitment trip.
Recruitment tour stops included
· Through the Dairy Farm Reinforcement Loan Program, the DECD provided low interest loans to 7 projects for a total of $685,000 to assist farmers with the high cost of maintaining their operations.
Center for Educational Excellence, a collaboration between Capital and
Generation Career pilot project provides middle and high school staff with
methods and tools for advising students and parents on education/career
decisions and plans. Thirteen pilot schools across
partnership with the
· DECD partnered with CCAT to administer several programs:
o Under the Small Business Incubator program 11 grants totaling $399,076 were awarded to 10 companies in 7 incubator facilities for the purpose of helping them defray the financial burden of maintaining and growing a technology-based start-up business.
o Under the Aerospace and Defense Initiative program 92 grants totaling $714,898 were awarded to 40 companies for 92 projects for the purpose of encouraging aerospace and defense manufacturers to conduct lean/process improvements.
o Under the Biodiesel Distribution Facility grant program 9 grants of $50,000 each were awarded to companies for the purpose of purchasing equipment or constructing, modifying or retrofitting biodiesel distribution facilities including, but not limited to, the actual costs of creating storage and distribution capacity for biodiesel.
o Under the Biodiesel Production grant program $15,532 was awarded to BIOPUR, Inc. for the production of 64,296 gallon of biodiesel.
· To support the cruise ship industry in southeast Connecticut, DECD awarded a $52,000 grant to the Connecticut Cruise Ship Task Force to hire motor coaches to shuttle visitors between cruise ships docked at the Harold E. Shear State Pier and downtown New London and the rental of Union Railroad Station, which is used as a welcoming center on the days when cruise ships are in port.
· DECD provided funding to the CT Small Business Innovation Research initiative, to assist small firms with technical and financial assistance to pursue federal funding for advancements in research, innovation and product development.
Office of Military Affairs (OMA) has significantly improved the lines of
communications and levels of cooperation between the State of
· The new Office of Responsible Development (ORD) was created to better align DECD resources to administer Governor Rell’s Executive Order Number 15 and Public Act 07-239. This office is responsible for municipal development and transit-oriented development.
Office of Brownfield Remediation and Development (OBRD) was established as a
separate Office within DECD. The
Commissioners of DECD, DEP, DPH and the President of CDA executed a Memorandum
of Understanding that recognized the Office of Brownfield Remediation and
Development as the “institutional focal point to address brownfield issues in
the State of
· DECD implemented the first round of brownfield assistance under the Brownfield Municipal Pilot Program using responsible development criteria. The Commissioner sent a letter to all 169 elected municipal officials. Eighteen applications were received requesting $13,124,000. Five Pilot municipalities will be selected in fall 2008.
· DECD was awarded two $200,000 EPA grants to fund a new statewide program for the assessment of hazardous and petroleum brownfields.
· The Special Contaminated Property Remediation Insurance Fund approved three projects totaling $423,000.
· Other notable brownfields activities include:
o Developed a generic application for all brownfield programs and streamlined the review and award process
o Implemented an outreach and marketing plan to visit municipalities
o Implemented the brownfields hotline and the web-based referral system, and provided a response to over 100 requests for assistance
six sites in
a Cooperative Agreement for a $1,000,000 EPA grant to fund the Statewide EPA
Revolving Loan Fund Program, and selected the first site, in
· Under the Dry Cleaning Establishment Remediation Fund, 17 grants were approved for a total of $1.9 million in funding. Additionally, DECD approved over $1.5 million in funding reimbursements for site investigations and clean-up activities were made to 41 program participants.
· The demand for the Special Contaminated Property Remediation Insurance Fund (SCPRIF) Program continued to grow during fiscal year 2008, with 6 new applications.
active downtown projects that represent long-term community development
commitments by the state include the completion of the Meriden Mall/HUB site
demolition with the support of a $2 M grant administered by DECD to the City of
· DECD assumed administration of 38 new STEAP grants totaling over $9.9 million in fiscal year 2008. These grants helped fund various community development activities in small towns throughout the state.
· DECD awarded over $13.2 million in Federal Small Cities Block grants to 28 communities in fiscal year 2008. These federal funds, administered by DECD, can be used for economic development, affordable housing, community facilities and services, and revitalization projects.
· DECD’s on-line housing registry, CTHousingSearch.org, continues to achieve remarkable success in helping people find accessible and affordable rental housing in Connecticut. This service allows property managers and owners to list properties, describe amenities, and provide photos and list eligibility requirements, while renters can search up-to-date vacancies and get contact information. To date, there are more than 17,000 rental units registered, and there have been more than 225,000 searches for rental housing.
· The Resident Service Coordinator program was expanded from 34 to 74 participating sponsors, which are assisting up to 5,740 elderly/disabled tenants.
executed contract awards totaling over $35 million for 30 projects in fiscal
year 2008. These monies will finance the creation or preservation of 1,222
units of housing in the following communities:
o 4 contracts were awarded under the State Affordable Housing Program for a total of $5.68m with the goal of creating or preserving 374 affordable units.
o 10 contracts were awarded under the Federal HOME Investment Partnerships Program for a total of $8.91m with the goal of creating or preserving 231 affordable units.
o 13 contracts were awarded under the State Housing Trust Fund Program for a total of $8.96m with the goal of creating or preserving 285 affordable units. The five-year, $110 million Housing Trust Fund, administered by DECD, is designed to help create and preserve housing for low- and moderate-income working families by providing critical “gap” financing in the form of loans and grants.
o 3 contracts were awarded under various other State funding sources for a total of $11.72m with the goal of creating or preserving 332 affordable units.
· Through the Energy Conservation Loan Program (ECL), DECD provided $2.35 million in funding for 217 loans for residential energy conservation improvements.
the new State-Assisted Housing Sustainability Fund, DECD is providing
approximately $3.5 million for emergency repairs at state-financed rental
housing developments throughout