What We Do

The Center for Economic Growth is a nonprofit, regional economic and business development organization that serves as the primary point of contact for businesses interested in growing in or moving to New York’s 8-county Capital Region. Whether you are looking for incentives, real estate or comprehensive demographic and business climate information, in need of entrepreneurship or workforce training services, or want to relocate or expand anywhere in the Capital Region, CEG knows the way.



Since its founding in 1987, CEG has played a vital role in creating a rich economic development environment throughout the region by creating world class transportation and logistical hubs, investing in our anchor institutions, making the region an international gateway and helping to advance major economic development projects.

From working to turn Albany International Airport into a world-class facility to helping lay the groundwork for GlobalFoundries’ chip plant in Saratoga County, CEG champions the region not only within the boundaries of its eight counties but around the globe as well. Our mission is to market the Capital Region to attract new business and encourage new investments, enable existing businesses to be more competitive in the global marketplace, and promote collaboration and enhance partnerships among the region’s stakeholders.


CEG’s work and vision is supported by more than 250 investors in business, government, education, and the not-for-profit sectors. Additionally, CEG serves as a regional technology center under the New York Manufacturing Extension Partnership program, which is facilitated by the National Institute of Standards and Technology and New York Empire State Development Division of Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR). Call CEG today to learn more about how we can help your business.


Connect with us: 518.465.8975

Mark Eagan
President & CEO
marke@ceg.org | 518.431.1424

Tom Bell
Project Director, Technology Services – Business Growth Solutions
Manufacturing Extension Partnership – Capital Region
tomb@ceg.org | 518.431.1484 

Nicole LoGiudice
Project & Contract Management Associate
nicolel@ceg.org | 518.431.1485 

Carlos Flores
Vice President of Business Development – Business Growth Solutions
Manufacturing Extension Partnership – Capital Region
carlosf@ceg.org | 518.431.1483 

Christine McLear
Director, Workforce Development
christinem@ceg.org | 518.431.1486 

Katie Newcombe
Chief Economic Development Officer
katien@ceg.org | 518.431.1480 

James Schlett
Director, Research & Communications
jamess@ceg.org | 518.431.1488 

Andrea Swank
Vice President, Business Attraction
andreas@ceg.org | 518.431.1482 

Cristina Valentin
Manager, Marketing & Graphics – Business Growth Solutions
Manufacturing Extension Partnership – Capital Region
cristinav@ceg.org | 518.431.1487 

Executive Board

  • Board Chair: Stephen Obermayer
    Chief Financial Officer, BBL Companies
  • President & CEO: Mark N. Eagan
    Center for Economic Growth
  • Secretary/Treasurer: David S. DeMarco
    President, Saratoga National Bank
  • John D. Bennett, MD.
    CEO, Capital District Physicians’ Health Plan
  • Richard J. Hendrick
    General Manager, Port of Albany
  • Laurie Poltynski
    Manager – Regional Account Specialist, National Grid
  • Roger A. Ramsammy, Ph.D.
    President, Hudson Valley Community College

Leadership Board

  • Thomas  L. Amell
    President & CEO, Pioneer Bank
  • Carm Basile
  • David M. Buicko
    Chief Operating Officer, Galesi Group
  • Philip Calderone
    CEO, Albany International Airport
  • Bryant Cassella
    Regional Vice President & Market Leader, Wells Fargo
  • Michael Castellana
    President & CEO, SEFCU, a Division of Broadview
  • Antonio Civitella
    President & CEO, Transfinder
  • J. Gregory Connors
    U.S. Government Affairs, GLOBALFOUNDRIES
  • Gerald Conway
    General Council, Plug Power
  • David Cornell
    Albany/Hudson Valley Market President, Bank of America
  • William Dehmer
    Market President, Upstate East/New England Region, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.
  • Chris Del Vecchio
    President & COO, MVP Health Care
  • J. Tyler Desmond
    General Manager, Crowne Plaza Albany, The Desmond Hotel
  • Keith Dolan
    VP, Regional Executive, Highmark Blue Shield of Northeastern New York
  • Christopher Dowd
    President & CEO, Ballston Spa National Bank
  • Paul Fahey
    Vice President, Overit
  • Patricia Fusco
    President, Fusco Personnel, Inc.
  • Jennifer Garvey
    New York Market Affairs Manager, Ørsted
  • Eileen Guarino
    President & COO, Guarino Industries, Inc.
  • James Harris, Jr.
    President & CEO, Janitronics
  • John S. Harris, Esq.
    Partner, Brown & Weinraub, PLLC
  • George R. Hearst, III
    Publisher, Times Union
  • Michael Hickey
    Executive Director, Stack Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Siena College
  • Scott Houghtaling
    Senior Vice President, Commercial Leader, Berkshire Bank
  • Robert Hull, Ph.D
    Acting Vice President for Research, RPI
  • Paul Kelly
    Chief Operating Officer, NY CREATES
  • Kesh Kesavadas, Ph.D
    Vice President for Research and Economic Development Executive Council, University at Albany
  • Ashley King
    Vice President, Executive Financial Management with Goldman Sachs Ayco Personal Financial Management
  • Josh Kowalski
    VP, Sales & Business Development, Carver Companies
  • Chrisopher McKenna
    President & CEO, CAPCOM, a Division of Broadview
  • Dennis P. McKenna, MD
    President & CEO, Albany Med Health System
  • John McManus
    Managing Partner, Harris Beach, PLLC
  • Marlene McTigue
    Board Member, Albany County IDA
  • Paul A. Milton
    President & CEO, Ellis Medicine
  • Philip Morris
    CEO, Proctors
  • John J. Nigro
    President, Nigro Retail Properties
  • Kevin O’Connor
    CEO, Advance Albany County Alliance
  • Frances O’Rourke
    Capital Region President, KeyBank
  • Michael Paparian
    Senior VP, Middle Market Banking, Citizens Commercial Banking
  • Robert Pasinella
    President, Rensselaer County IDA
  • Rick Richards
    Vice President & General Manager, Rivers Casino & Resort
  • Andrew C. Rose. Esq.
    Office Managing Partner, Nixon Peabody, LLP
  • Brian Sano
    Director, Customer and Community Engagement, National Grid
  • Robert Schofield
    Co-Partner, Whiteman Osterman & Hanna
  • Thomas A. Selfridge
    President, Swagelok
  • Peter D. Semenza
    Vice President, Philanthropy, St. Peter’s Health Partners
  • Hon. Kathy Sheehan
    Mayor, City of Albany
  • Jim Siplon
    President & CEO, EDC, Warren County
  • Richard P. Sleasman, SIOR
    President & Managing Director, CBRE Albany
  • Carl E. Stewart, III
    Vice President, Operations Manager, Turner Construction
  • Cricket Thomas-O’Dell
    Statewide Pre-Apprentice Program Coordinator / Director of Community Engagement, Workforce Development Institute
  • Walter Thorne
    Market President & Publisher, Albany Business Review
  • Toyin Tofade
    President, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
  • Michael J. Uccellini
    President, United Group of Companies
  • Dan White
    Partner, KPMG Audit

Funding Partners