Honorees acknowledged at Celebrate CT! event November 30 in Hartford

NORWALK, CT – November 7, 2016 – Norwalk ACTS, an initiative dedicated to improving the lives of Norwalk’s children cradle to career, has been recognized by The Connecticut Economic Resource Center, Inc. (CERC) as one of the top economic development initiatives in the state.

The 22 honorees, including one nonprofit and one for profit initiative, business, organization or individual from each of the 11 regions across the state, were selected by economic development officials for their contribution to the state’s economy.  Norwalk ACTS was selected for playing a critical role in changing the character of its community, promoting civic engagement, and for encouraging new investment through strong public/private collaboration.

Part of a nationwide StriveTogether network, Norwalk ACTS convenes more than 100 civic leaders and organizations throughout the city, serves as a conduit for data to inform collective action in order to catalyze the change necessary to improve the lives and futures of all Norwalk’s children and youth.

“We are so honored to be recognized as one of the leading economic driving forces in the state,” said Anthony Allison, Executive Director of Norwalk ACTS. “Similar to the ways in which businesses use data to improve product or service function, the collective impact model allows our community to use data to  determine what has a positive impact on our outcomes. It also enables us to align our  community’s resources and collective efforts to make a sustainable impact on the lives of the children and youth in our city- academically, socially/emotionally and physically,” he added.

These exceptional programs and leaders from throughout the state will be honored at the annual CELEBRATE CT! event on Wednesday evening, November 30, 2016 at The Bushnell in Hartford.

This is the sixth year the event is being hosted by CERC, a nonprofit corporation and public-private partnership that provides economic development services that works closely with an extensive network of state, regional, local and utility partners to leverage Connecticut’s unique advantages as a premier business location.

“These awards acknowledge key people, programs, and projects that are stimulating new jobs and investment in our economy,” said CERC President and CEO Robert Santy. “They are well-earned and well-deserved, and CERC is proud to recognize the 2016 honorees and their noteworthy accomplishments that are having a positive impact on Connecticut’s business environment.”

The 2016 CELEBRATE CT! award honorees include: The Metro Realty Group, Ltd.; Cross Sound Ferry Services, Inc.; Whelen Engineering Company, Inc.; Essex Steam Train and Riverboat North Pole Express; The NY-Conn Corporation; Innovation Center/Danbury Hackerspace;; Norwalk ACTS; Jewish Senior Services; Opportunity Real Estate Equities; Borinquen Bakery LLC; Green Valley Hospitality Restaurant Group; Arethusa Farm Dairy and KidsPlay Children’s Museum;City of Hartford – “Zone Hartford”; Meriden Green; Madison Center Project; Waterbury Municipal Stadium Renovation Project; 1020 Riverside Drive, Thompson; and Connecticut’s Submarine Century. Individuals being honored are Jim Ryan, retired president of the Shelton Economic Development Corporation, and Elizabeth Torres, Executive Director of the Bridgeport Neighborhood Trust.

Nearly 200 economic development and business professionals from around the state are expected to attend CELEBRATE CT! To register or sponsor the event, visit CERC’s website. 


The mission of Norwalk ACTS is to enrich and improve the lives and futures of all Norwalk children and youth, from cradle-to-career.  For more information, visit and

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