DECD: Agency Offices

Agency Offices

Office of Business Development  DECD's state investment arm and the advocate for business and economic development, this office maintains a staff of experienced business development specialists who are very knowledgeable of the many programs, services and incentives available to businesses in Connecticut.   This office is the principal point of contact for in-state and out-of-state companies seeking assistance.
Office Contact:  Patricia Paesani                    Phone: 860-500-2415
Office of Small Business Affairs The Office of Small Business Affairs coordinates local, state and federal resources available to Connecticut's small businesses.  This office, in conjunction with its technical assistance and financing partners, will assist small business enterprises in identifying programs that will meet its needs, including access to capital.
Office Contact:  Patricia Paesani                    Phone: 860-500-2415
Office of Brownfield Remediation and Development provides a “one stop” state resource for information on the programs and services available for brownfield redevelopment in Connecticut.
The Office of Capital Projects manages a wide variety of economic and community development projects, most notably those funded by the Small Town Economic Assistance Program (STEAP) and Urban Act Grant Program (administered through the Office of Policy and Management).  The office maintains a special focus on building strong town centers, revitalizing downtowns, and promoting economic development by supporting the arts, tourism and other community growth based projects.
Office Contact:  Nelson Tereso                      Phone: 860-500-2322
The Office of Film/Digital Media supports and enhances Connecticut’s film, television and digital media industry. The office is the statewide contact for motion picture, television and digital media production and serves as liaison between production companies, state agencies, municipalities, production facilities, local crew and vendors. The office also administers several tax credit programs designed to incentivize the development of the industry in Connecticut, including the Film Production Tax Credit, Film Production Infrastructure Tax Credit and Digital Animation Production Company Tax Credit.
Office Contact:  Mark Dixon                          Phone: 860-500-2318
Office of Finance and Administration   Plans, organizes and coordinates the fiscal and administrative functions that support the department's activities. One of the top priorities is developing and maintaining a technology-based management information system consistent with industry standards.
The Office of Arts and Historic Preservation, which develops and strengthens the arts in Connecticut and makes artistic experiences widely available to residents and visitors, offers grant programs designed to increase investments in Connecticut artists and arts organizations and encourages the public’s participation in the arts community.  This office also administers a range of federal and state programs that identify, register and protect the buildings, sites, structures, districts and objects that comprise Connecticut's cultural heritage. 
The Office of Tourism, which works to make tourism a significant economic contributor, partners with the Connecticut business community and three tourism districts to position the state as a prime destination for leisure and business travelers and encourages strategic investment.
Office of the Commissioner Several key agency functions are located within the Office of the Commissioner, including the following: