Dept. of Economic & Community Dev.

  • 505 Hudson Street
  • Hartford, CT
  • 06106
  • (860) 270-8000

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Contact InformationEmail:
LocationHartford, CT
ServicesDevelopment & implementation of policies.
Key PeopleCatherine Smith, DECD Commissioner
Area(s) ServedCT

Business & Industry Development


The Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) is in the business of growing your business.

DECD is the state's lead agency for the development and implementation of policies, strategies and programs that support business growth and innovation. The department offers a wide range of programs and services to help companies prosper in Connecticut:

  • Financing
  • Tax Credits and Incentives
  • Export Assistance
  • Site Selection Services
  • Workforce Training Support

DECD’s Office of Business and Industry Development (OBID) works closely with companies to address their short and long-term business needs, and strengthen their overall competitiveness in the global marketplace.

OBID’s team of business advisors are the single point of contact for companies interested in taking advantage of the many resources available to them. The staff is creative and flexible when it comes to addressing customer needs. And their responsive, hands-on project management approach is one of the keys to turning economic development plans and proposals into successful—and profitable—realities.

To speak with DECD staff about how the state can help your business excel, call Tricia Paesani at 860-270-8215.



At DECD, wewant to help build quality housing, not only because everyone deserves a comfortable home – and they do – but because we know that housing is a key ingredient in promoting the vitality of every neighborhood, every community, and every city and town in the state.When we build better housing, we’re building a better Connecticut.

The Office of Housing Development & Finance (OHDF) is the agency’s principal point of contact for financial assistance to local housing authorities, and other non-profit and for-profit housing developers in the planning, and development of new single and multi-family housing units as well as the preservation of existing multi-family housing developments. This office maintains a staff of housing specialists who are knowledgeable of the many local, state and federal housing programs and services in Connecticut.OHDF is also responsible for long-term compliance monitoring to assure adherence to statutes, regulations and financial assistance agreements for housing development and preservation activities funded by the agency.

For housing finance and support programs contact Jennifer Ponte at the Office of Housing Development and Finance at (860) 270-8115 or

Community Development


A community’s physical environment profoundly affects the lives of its people. That’s why DECD actively supports infrastructure improvements that enrich the fabric of life in communities statewide.

We work in concert with municipal leaders, public agencies, community groups and other partners to carry out a wide range of community development and rehabilitation initiatives. These may range from small-scale housing construction or rehabilitation, public infrastructure, downtown streetscapes, and rehabilitation of cultural venues such as museums, theaters and cultural centers.

DECD's Office of Municipal Development (OMD) utilizes four major programs to support Community Development activities throughout the State. OMD is the agency’s principal point of contact for Connecticut’s municipalities and non-profits seeking financial and technical assistance from the state for community development activities. This office is responsible for management of DECD's community development projects under the Small Cities Community Development Block Grant Program, and the Small Town Economic Assistance Program (STEAP). The department also provides financial support to several community development programs across the state, including the Energy Conservation Loan and Connecticut Main Street programs.

Office Contact: Marilyn
Phone: (860) 270-8161

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