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 

Mikala Conway
Grant and Contract Manager
mikalac@ceg.org | 518.431.1489

Ellyn Davis
Program Manager
Manufacturing Extension Partnership – Capital Region
ellynd@ceg.org | 518.431.1489

Carlos Flores
Vice President, 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 Thompson (Swank)
Vice President, Business Attraction
andreas@ceg.org | 518.431.1482 

Cristina Valentin
Manager, Marketing & Graphics 
cristinav@ceg.org | 518.431.1487 

Don Wiesenforth, M.B.A.
Senior Vice President, Business Growth Solutions
Director, Manufacturing Extension Partnership 
donw@ceg.org | 518.431.1481

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 & CEO, Saratoga National Bank
  • Immediate Past Chair: Dr. John Bennett
    President & CEO, CDPHP
  • Richard J. Hendrick
    CEO, Port of Albany
  • Francis O’Rourke
    Market President, Key Bank
  • Roger A. Ramsammy, Ph.D.
    President, Hudson Valley Community College

Leadership Board

Members of Executive Board serve on Leadership Board   

  • Brian A. Akley
    Sr. Business Development Manager, Gilbane Building Company
  • Thomas  L. Amell
    President & CEO, Pioneer Bank
  • Carm Basile
  • David M. Buicko
    Chief Executive Officer, Galesi Group
  • Steve Bulger
    County Administrator, Saratoga County
  • Philip Calderone
    CEO, Albany International Airport
  • Bryant Cassella
    Regional Vice President & Market Leader, Wells Fargo
  • Michael Castellana
    CEO, Broadview Federal Credit Union
  • Antonio Civitella
    President & CEO, Transfinder
  • Gerald Conway
    General Counsel, Plug Power
  • David Cornell
    Albany/Hudson Valley Market President, Bank of America
  • Ted DeConno
    Senior Vice President, Capital Region Group Leader, Community Bank
  • William Dehmer
    Market President, Upstate East/New England Region, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.
  • Chris Del Vecchio
    President & CEO, MVP Health Care
  • J. Tyler Desmond
    General Manager, Crowne Plaza Albany, The Desmond Hotel
  • Christopher Dowd
    President & CEO, Ballston Spa National Bank
  • John Eberle
    President & CEO, Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region
  • Paul Fahey
    Vice President, Overit
  • Daniel Fariello
    President, Capital Bank
  • Patricia Fusco
    President, Fusco Personnel, Inc.
  • Steven Grasso
    Managing Director, Global Government Affairs, GlobalFoundaries
  • Jennifer Garvey
    New York Market Affairs Manager, Ørsted
  • Eileen Guarino
    President & COO, Guarino Industries, Inc.
  • Steven D. Hanks, M.D. 
    President and CEO, St. Peter’s Health Partners
  • James Harris, Jr.
    President & CEO, Janitronics
  • John S. Harris, Esq.
    Partner, Brown & Weinraub, PLLC
  • George R. Hearst, III
    Publisher, Times Union
  • Michael Hickey
    Vice President and Chief of Staff, Siena College
  • Scott Houghtaling
    Senior Vice President, Commercial Leader, Berkshire Bank
  • Robert Hull, Ph.D
    Vice President for Research, RPI
  • Daniel Hurteau
    Office Managing Partner, Nixon Peabody, LLP
  • 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
  • Joe Lodise
    General Manager, Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady
  • Mary Malone
    M3 Placement and Partnership
  • 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
  • Michael Paparian
    Senior VP, Middle Market Banking, Citizens Commercial Banking
  • Robert Pasinella
    President, Rensselaer County IDA
  • Charles Pinckney
    Regional President, M&T Bank
  • Kevin J. Quaranto
    Director Sales & Retention, Highmark Blue Shield of Northeastern New York
  • Brian Sano
    Director, Customer and Community Engagement, National Grid
  • Robert Schofield
    Co-Partner, Whiteman Osterman & Hanna
  • Thomas A. Selfridge
    President, Swagelok
  • 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
    Executive Vice President, Turner Construction
  • Al Testa
    Senior Vice President & Commercial Executive, NBT Bank
  • 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
  • Marie Zimmerman
    Partner, KPMG

Funding Partners