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Breakfast Program

Wednesday, January 31, 2018
7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
(Snow Date: Thursday, February 1, 2018)


CREW CT – The Real Estate Exchange presents:
Connecticut “Fastrak” to Development:
How the corridor between Hartford and New Britain is changing due to CTfastrak

CREW CT is excited to announce its first program of 2018! Please join us for an in-depth discussion regarding the impact CTfastrak is having on current and future development opportunities along the Hartford to New Britain corridor. This is an event you do not want to miss!


Jamie Brätt, AICP, LEED AP serves as Director of Planning and Economic Development for the City of Hartford. She plays a key role in most of the commercial development projects throughout Connecticut's capital city, from maker spaces and medical campuses to boutique apartments and brownfield redevelopments. She also oversees a dedicated staff of ten industry specialists. With a decade of experience in the field, Jamie was most recently the Director of Economic & Community Development of Trumbull, CT, and previously worked for a Washington, D.C.-based business improvement district and for a boutique commercial real estate development firm. She studied Economics at Trinity College and Urban Planning at Virginia Tech. Jamie has a track record of forging collaborative partnerships with the private sector and instituting a culture of concierge-level service among her staff. Jamie serves on the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Main Street Center (CTMSC) the Hartford Business Improvement District (Hartford BID) and the Connecticut Economic Development Association (CEDAS), as well as the Executive Committee of Riverfront Recapture. In 2017, Jamie took on a new adventure as adjunct professor at the University of Hartford Graduate School of Architecture.

Andrew A. Brecher has been Newington’s Economic Development Director since 2012. Notable among his responsibilities and accomplishments has been securing grant funds and managing the demolition, abatement and remediation of the National Welding site immediately adjacent to the CTfastrak Cedar Street station. Prior to serving Newington, Mr. Brecher was President and owner of the W.H. Morrison Company for 17 years, which grew from a classic Ace Hardware store and locksmith shop to a well-regarded supplier of specialty construction materials for institutional projects in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Before that he served as the Deputy Commissioner, Acting Commissioner and Commissioner of the CT Department of Economic Development for Governor Bill O’Neill. Andy’s service to the State grew out of his role as Corporate Planner for Northeast Utilities, which included leading a multi-company team that made recommendations to then Commissioner John Carson for improving the operations and effectiveness of DED [before the “C” was added in DECD]. Andy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and Marketing from Quinnipiac University and an MBA from Rensselaer.

William P. Carroll is the Economic & Business Development Director for the City of New Britain, a position he has held for 16 years. Bill's professional career has been in the areas of economic/business development, employment, training, and real estate in addition to education. Carroll has worked for former Mayors Lucian Pawlak, Timothy Stewart, Timothy O'Brien and presently, Mayor Erin E. Stewart’s administration. He has worked in the City of New Britain his entire life. Involved in most of New Britain's major business expansions and projects, Carroll is most proud of the relationships and professionalism he has cultivated and sustained on behalf of the City. Bill has served as a director or corporator on numerous boards within the City and is currently a Director and Real Estate Chairman for the Community Chest of New Britain - Berlin, Inc.


Courtney Hendricson is Vice President of Municipal Services for the Connecticut Economic Resource Center (CERC) where she specializes in designing and implementing economic development strategies. As part of CERC’s strategic direction to improve economic development performance in Connecticut, she drives CERC services to municipalities, such as improving the town’s regulatory process, analyzing commercial real estate mix, and providing targeted networking and communication among the local business community. Prior to joining CERC, she served as Assistant Town Manager for Enfield, CT and Economic Development Director for Farmington, CT, as well as Director of Community Development for Connecticut Main Street Center. She began her career in Austin, Texas, working on large scale economic development projects for the city manager’s office. Courtney received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Government and Sociology from Connecticut College and her Master of Public Affairs from The University of Texas at Austin. In addition to serving as CREW CT’s President in 2017, Courtney is an active member of CEDAS (and was chosen as their Member of the Year in 2012). She also received CERC SiteFinder’s Local Economic Developer Award. Courtney is past Chair of MetroHartford Alliance’s Regional Economic Development Forum (REDF) and a graduate of Leadership Greater Hartford’s “Quest” leadership development program.

Online registration will close January 29th.
Walk-ins are welcome to pay onsite.

January 31, 2018

7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

7:30 - Registration and
8:00 - Panel Discussion

Members - $50
Nonmembers - $60
Students - $10

Gershon Fox Ballroom
960 Main Street
Hartford, CT 06103

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