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Eileen J.

Economic Development Specialist


Resourceful economic and community development professional. Recognized for delivering desired outcomes by engaging stakeholders, partners, and constituencies. Able to structure public/private collaborations and lead strategic initiatives. Adept at forging mutually-beneficial alliances with funders, government, education, businesses, civic groups, and nonprofits, as a responsive, service-oriented communicator. Skilled in identifying and leveraging opportunities, implementing innovative programs, and advancing institutional mission to serve multi-generational/cultural/socio-economic audiences. Successful record of enhancing business environment in Connecticut communities.

Key Skills & Competencies

Project/Program Management | Multi-Media Marketing | Advertising & Sales | Branding | Government Affairs | Creative Content Writer/Editor | Graphic Design | Publications | Leadership | Community Relations | Advocacy | Development | Communications | Special Events/Trainings | Public/Media Relations | Organization Administration | Reports | Governance | Public-Private Partnerships | Educational/Career Programs | Public Speaking | Strategic Planning & Implementation | Compliance | Contracts | Grants Administration | Financial Oversight/Audits

Professional Experience

Coordinator/Advocate/Project Manager, Various Consulting Projects, CT 3.5 Years
• Institute for Organization Management/IOM: Certified Association Executive Credit Webinars
• UR Community Cares, Inc.: Serving seniors/disabled citizens through advocacy, events, community outreach,
public/media relations, housing initiatives, fundraising, networking, legislative, research, partnerships
• State Historic Preservation Office: Successfully led preservation advocacy/educational campaign to prevent demolition of National Historic Landmark District property via community organizing, public/media relations, legislative initiative
• CT Votes for Animals/CT Chapter Humane Society of U.S.: Advocacy for humane treatment of dogs via public testimony and correspondence offering alternatives to puppy mill sales by partnering businesses with rescue groups, dog shelters
• Conservation Commission, Town of Manchester: Advocacy for street-tree planting program via public testimony, correspondence with officials, public education, and proposal for partnership with Arbor Day Foundation

UR Community Cares, Inc., Manchester, CT
Interim Executive Director 2 Months
• Effectively conducted outreach to establish community partnerships with CT Municipalities, Schools, Senior Centers, Libraries, Social Service Agencies, Civic Organizations, Nonprofits
• Recruited/linked community volunteers to assist senior/special-needs citizens of limited incomes
• Secured sponsors/donations to support fundraisers and program booklets
• Advised Board of Directors regarding governance, grants, legal compliance and risk management
• Acted as liaison to media/elected officials/chambers of commerce/business to business groups

Manchester Historical Society, Inc., Manchester, CT
Executive Director/CEO 5 Years
• Advocated to integrate an educational/ heritage public-sculpture initiative by securing board approval, sharing 501c3 access to grants/historic house tours fundraising events/financial oversight & reporting, collaborating on marketing efforts to engage community and town government support, raising approximately $100k in revenues and in-kind donations to complete/install outdoor bronze sculpture for public viewing
• Persuaded state and local elected officials to sponsor allocation request from Connecticut General Assembly’s Bonding Commission to fund planning and installation of an HVAC system in Manchester History Center, a National Register Historic Property located in Landmark District, resulting in a $287k for the project, benefiting public use
• Wrote proposal for state of CT DECD grant, awarded $78k, and administered matching grant to restore an 18th century barn, a National Register Historic Property for development as an early agricultural museum for public educational tours

Development Director 8 Years
• Preserved Historic Park – Responded to demolition threat to town’s Center Memorial Park by organizing and engaging constituents/stakeholders/greater community/state heritage groups/donors in publicity campaign, educational presentations, and meetings with elected officials, using donated resources, to preserve historic park dedicated to Manchester’s Veterans
• Preserved Old Education Square – Advocated for preservation of Century-old, six-building campus designated as National Register Historic Landmark property – public schools and firehouse – via citizens committee working with public and government officials and media to reverse demolition plans and restore and use educational complex for town-wide grades five and six, saving millions of public dollars to build new school complex
Historic Preservation Services Officer 3 Years
• Produced Old House Fair – Planned and executed regional full-day, educational event in partnership with Manchester Community College and other sponsors to present educational workshops, seminars, materials, publicity with national speaker to offer information re: tax credits available to owners of older properties
• Wrote Grant Proposal – Awarded $10k funding by CT Trust for Historic Preservation to establish Research Library with programming as a resource to assist historic property owners access tax credits and resources

Municipal Economic Development Agency, New Britain, CT
Central Connecticut Tourism District
Executive Director of Tourism 14 Years
• Administered $20k Regional Grants Program – Reviewed and approved applications for nonprofit and civic events/programs
• Launched $25k Strategic Marketing Campaign – Wrote Proposal for CT DECD Tourism Grant/Hired Graphic Designer, Artist, Printers to produce graphics, brochures, advertising for international distribution targeting leisure, business, group tour, and travel writer audience
• Produced $12,500 Regional Tourism Marketing Video – Wrote Proposal for CT DECD Tourism Grant to script, showcase, and film attractions, accommodations, dining, shopping, entertainment, and recreation to secure itinerary placement in Motor Coach brochures
• Partnered in $50k Yankee Magazine Advertorial—Secured advertisers/wrote copy for multi-page CT regional tourism marketing campaign representing attractions/business/arts & culture
• Generated $10k+ Annually via Partnerships—Fostered goodwill relationships with businesses, nonprofits, and government, producing sponsorships and in-kind goods and services

Additional Professional Experience
• Common Council, City Hall, New Britain, CT – Constituent Liaison
• Landmark Center Project Committee, New Britain, CT -- Member
• Downtown Special Services District, New Britain, CT -- Staff
• Board of Directors, New Britain Industrial Museum -- Member
• Capital Workforce Development – School to Work Initiative – Regional Representative
• Central CT Regional Planning Agency - Economic Development Alliance – Regional Representative
• Arts, Culture & Tourism Task Force, Metro Hartford Millennium Project -- Member
• Connecticut Tourism Association - Member/President/Vice President/Legislative Liaison
• CT General Assembly, Commerce Committee, Heritage Task Force – Statewide System Representative
• CT Dept. of Economic & Community Development, Tourism Council – Statewide System Representative
• Vision 2000: City Image & Cultural Heritage Committee - CCSU & Chamber -- Member
• Nutmeg State Games Committee, New Britain, CT – Member
• State of CT Fourth-Grade Essay/Art Contest – Multi-Year Judge
• CT History Day Contest – Multi-Year Judge
• Central CT State University – Guest Speaker: Departments of Communications, Geography, Tourism/Hospitality, English, Journalism, Marketing
• S.H.A.R.E. (South Manchester History, Arts, Recreation and Education) Marketing & Program Collaborative of community partners: Town Government/Schools/Arts Association/Cultural/Museums
• African-American Freedom Trail – CT DECD Coordinator, Audio Tour Project
• Host for high schools and colleges internships, Central Connecticut State University, Briarwood College, New Britain High School
• School System Career Fairs, Trade Shows, Chamber of Commerce Shows
• National Sales Conventions, National Tour Association and American Bus Association – CT Sales Representative
• Economic Development Marketing Tours for Connecticut – Authors, Journalists, Travel Writers, Group Tours
• Cruisin’ on Main Street Exhibit
• Host for Community Quadrant Meeting, Manchester History Center, 2020 Plan of Conservation & Development
• 350th Connecticut Governor’s Snow Ball Regional Celebration
• Connecticut Tourism Conference

Community Experience

• JETS/Jewish Employment Transition Services—Professional Development Collaborative
• NEAG/Northeast Executive Advisory Group— Professional Collaborative
• NEAG DISC/Diversity, Inclusion, Social Collaboration—Professional Change Agents Initiative
• Executive Roundtable— Professional Collaborative
• UR Community Cares – Volunteer Services for Senior and Disabled Citizens
• The Sculpture Project – Public art: bronze figures of historic writer/educator/athlete
• Friends of Manchester Public Library, Vice President
• Cheney Brothers National Historic Landmark Commission
• Old Education Square Preservation Committee
• Property Maintenance Board of Appeals
• Board of Education Policy Revision Committee
• Master Plan for Children and Families Committee
• East Side Neighborhood Proposed Historic District Referendum
• Preserve Center Memorial Park Initiative
• Connecticut Animal Welfare League Pet Adoption Program/CT Votes for Animals
• Christmas in April/Rebuilding Together Team
• Imagine Main Street Downtown Economic Development Initiative


University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware
Certificate, Executive Level Six-Year Program, Organization Management,
Institution for Organization Management, United States Chamber of Commerce Foundation

Department of Economic & Community Development, State of Connecticut
Consultant, Peer Advisor Network Program
Nonprofit Organizations Arts, Culture, Tourism Governance Training Professional

Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, Connecticut

Manchester Community College, Manchester, Connecticut
Associate Degree, Liberal Arts & Science

Nonprofit Support Program, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving
Professional Development - Grants writing/administration, Human Resources, Legal Compliance, Volunteer Recruitment/Retention, Marketing, Governance, Financial Oversight, Marketing

University of Connecticut
Graphic Design Course

Other Experience/Awards/Publications

• Central Connecticut Regional Planning Agency Economic Development Alliance:
Melvin Schneidermeyer Regional Leadership Award, Travel & Tourism Industry integration into Strategic Planning
• Lou Hammond Group: Silver Spoon Award for Destination Marketing Getaway Package
• City of New Britain, CT, Common Council Mayoral Proclamation, Council-Constituent Relations
• Connecticut Governor's Recognition for service as member of CT Tourism Council, CT Department of Economic & Community Development

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