North Central Connecticut Economic Growth Initiatives To Be Honored at CERC's Year-End Event


Rocky Hill, CT – The Connecticut Economic Resource Center, Inc. (CERC), a nonprofit company that provides resources to support making Connecticut a competitive business environment, and North Central Connecticut economic development professionals have chosen to honor the Connecticut-Israel Technology Summit, and East Granby-based Nufern at CERC’s annual event CELEBRATE CT! on the evening of Wednesday, November 28 at The Bushnell in Hartford.

More than 150 economic development and business professionals from around the state will attend CELEBRATE CT! to recognize top companies, projects, programs, organizations and individuals for their contribution to the state’s economy – such as consistent or growing employment levels, role in changing the character of its community or civic engagement, strong public/private collaboration to encourage new investment, or leadership resulting in regional growth or improvements.

Launched in 2011, the Connecticut-Israel Technology Summit is a conduit to foster both the business and cultural relationships between the Hartford region, the State of Connecticut and Israel. Through the joint effort of the MetroHartford Alliance’s International Business Council and the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford, the 2012 Summit attracted more than 150 selected businesses in the life science and high tech security sectors from Massachusetts, Vermont, Rhode Island, New York, Florida and Connecticut - including 12 from Israel. Business matches, ongoing B2B, new bilateral funding source and a renewed relationship between Governor Malloy and Israel’s Consul General Aharoni strengthened a linkage for future FDI opportunities.

Nufern, an optical fiber and fiber laser manufacturer, decided in favor of their Connecticut location for their multi-million dollar expansion/consolidation. The Bradley Airport Zone’s financial incentives for manufacturing and airport related development proved some “healthy competition” to the appeals from other states. In addition to the financial benefits, Nufern is served and supplied by global markets. They rely on low-cost expedited shipping more now than ever in their history. Proximity to the airport and the logistical capabilities of Bradley specifically gives them a major advantage.

“These awards underscore the state’s and region’s innovation in and commitment to the growth of Connecticut,” said CERC President and CEO Robert Santy. “We partner with each region to identify some of the year’s most outstanding economic development initiatives and leaders, and CERC is pleased to acknowledge them at this celebratory year-end event.”

About CERC

Based in Rocky Hill, the Connecticut Economic Resource Center, Inc. is a nonprofit corporation and public-private partnership that provides objective research, marketing and economic development resources to support making Connecticut a more competitive business environment. For more information, visit and connect to CERC on FaceBook, LinkedIn and Twitter (@CERCInc).

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