President and CEO
Connecticut Economic Resource Center, Inc. (CERC)
Rocky Hill, CT
Robert W. Santy has enjoyed a 35-year career in a variety of positions at the intersection of business, the economy and public policy. He currently is President and CEO of the Connecticut Economic Resource Center, Inc. (CERC), a statewide nonprofit corporation and public-private partnership that provides economic development services, working with state, local and utility partners to leverage Connecticut’s unique advantages as a premier business location. Mr. Santy also is playing a leadership role in the Open Data movement, advocating greater public accessibility to data, as chair of InformCT and the Connecticut Data Collaborative.
Mr. Santy sits on the Regional Plan Association’s Committee on the Fourth Regional Plan, which is a comprehensive, long-range strategic plan for the NY-NJ-CT metropolitan area. Additionally, he holds leadership positions with the Connecticut Institute for the 21st Century, the Eastern States Exposition, Connecticut Main Street Center, and the New Haven Symphony Orchestra.
Prior to joining CERC in 2007, Mr. Santy served as president of the Regional Growth Partnership in New Haven, as project manager for the MetroHartford Millennium Project, and as deputy commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Economic Development in the Administration of Governor Lowell P. Weicker, Jr. During that time, he worked with the utility partners to create CERC. Prior to his tenure in Connecticut, Mr. Santy served in the nation’s capital for more than 15 years holding a variety of positions ranging from coordinator of special programs for Senator Lowell Weicker, assistant administrator and chief of staff for the U.S Small Business Administration for President Ronald Reagan, and director of government relations and small business affairs for Deloitte and Touche.