FRIDAY, JUNE 23, 2017
2:00-3:30 P.M.


  1. Call to Order
  2. Action Item: Approval of Minutes (September 7, 2016)
  3. Action Item: Election of Directors
  4. Action Item: Election of Officers
  5. Discussion Item: Should CRCOG and the CRCOG Foundation Proceed with a Regional Futures Initiative?
  6. Foundation Project Updates
    • Next Generation Economic Development
      • German-American Business Forum
      • What Can We Do Differently? Process Recap
      • NEXT: Attracting, Engaging and Retaining Millennials
    • Video Testimonial Project
  7. CRCOG Grant and Program Updates
  8. Scheduling Upcoming Events
  9. Other Business
  10. Adjournment


Established in 2005, the Capitol Region Council of Governments (CRCOG) Foundation, Inc. was created to support the broad range of planning and direct service activities carried out locally by Capitol Region municipalities and regionally by CRCOG. The Foundation is dedicated to advancing policies and programs in four strategic areas—Transportation, Community Development, Public Safety and Municipal Services—and serves three key roles: as an educator, a convener and a funder.

Current Work

In the fall of 2015, the CRCOG Foundation launched a workshop series on Next Generation Economic Development.  Designed to convene a diverse audience of key regional stakeholders, the programs feature national best practices and local success stories, work to identify existing barriers/challenges to growth and begin to prescribe some actionable next steps for the region and beyond. To date, three sessions have been held, one covering Talent Development and Advanced Manufacturing, a second one on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and a third workshop addressing Anchor Institutions, Neighborhood Involvement and the Innovation Economy.

CRCOG Foundation Workshop: Anchor Institutions, Neighborhood Involvement and the Innovation Economy (June 17, 2016)


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Meeting Agenda

Speaker Bios

The Baltimore Integration Partnership: Key Messages

Anchor Institutions Join to Restore Economic Vitality, Improve Quality of Life in Hartford’s Southside Neighborhoods (SINA)

Yale University and the New Haven Renaissance


Eugenie Birch, Co-Director, Penn Institute for Urban Research

Michael Kelly, Executive Director, Baltimore Metropolitan Council

Jane Baird, Board Chairman, Southside Institutions Neighborhood Alliance

Michael Morand, Office of Public Affairs and Communications, Yale University

CRCOG Foundation Board of Directors

Stephen Cassano, President

State Senator, CT General Assembly

David Kilbon, Vice President

Town of East Granby, Board of Finance

Lee Erdmann, Secretary

Retired, Volunteer, Part-Time Consultant

Chip Beckett, Treasurer

Town Council Chairman, Town of Glastonbury

John Adams

Senior Vice President, Tetra Tech, Inc.

William Austin

Principal Owner, The Austin Group LLC

John Carson

Senior Advisor, External Relations, University of Hartford

Douglas Fisher

Principal, Advocacy and Development Solutions

Mary Glassman

Manager, Office for Regional Efficiencies, CREC

Matthew Hart

Town Manager, Town of Mansfield

Brian Heavren

Director of Campus Safety, Trinity College

Scott Kaupin

Mayor, Town of Enfield

Marcia Leclerc

Mayor, Town of East Hartford

Robert E. Lee

Town Manager, Plainville

Lisa Heavner

First Selectman, Town of Simsbury

Richard Porth

President/CEO, United Way of Connecticut

Brandon Robertson

Town Manager, Avon

Diane Smith

Assistant Director-Multifamily, Connecticut Housing Finance Authority

Lyle Wray

Executive Director, CRCOG