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Eileen J.

Economic Development Specialist

Profile

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

Education

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
Communication/Writing

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

Awards/Recognitions
• 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