Catherine Smith, commissioner of the state Department of Economic and Community Development discusses the state’s efforts to attract and grow new businesses through strategic investments, including bioscience.
Commissioner Smith’s top economic development priorities are to strengthen the state’s efforts to nurture and drive innovation; effectively promote and market the state’s many business advantages within Connecticut and beyond its borders; and place a renewed emphasis on all aspects of customer service in order to make the state more business-friendly and attractive for investment.
Her community development priorities include improving the state’s ability to redevelop brownfields, continuing the state’s commitment to responsible growth and transit-oriented development and fostering arts and culture to make our cities more vibrant and attractive. The commissioner is forging closer working relationships with private sector partners to realize these objectives and to maximize the return on state investments.
Prior to joining DECD, Commissioner Smith had a distinguished career in the insurance and financial services industry.