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

Louise Aitcheson
VP of Business Development – Business Growth Solutions
Manufacturing Extension Partnership – Capital Region
louisea@ceg.org | x229

Tom Bell
Project Director, Technology Services – Business Growth Solutions
Manufacturing Extension Partnership – Capital Region
tomb@ceg.org | x242

Ellyn Ford
Manager, New Ventures & Entrepreneurship – Business Growth Solutions
Manufacturing Extension Partnership – Capital Region
ellynf@ceg.org | x243

Michael Lobsinger
Senior Vice President – Business Growth Solutions
Manufacturing Extension Partnership – Capital Region
michaell@ceg.org | x238

Nicole LoGiudice
Project & Contract Management Associate
nicolel@ceg.org | X 234

Christine McLear
Workforce Development Manager
christinem@ceg.org | x244

Katie Newcombe
Chief Economic Development Officer
katien@ceg.org | x225

James Schlett
Director, Research & Communications
jamess@ceg.org | x221

Andrea Swank
Vice President, Marketing & Events
andreas@ceg.org | x250

Cristina Valentin
Manager, Marketing & Graphics – Business Growth Solutions
Manufacturing Extension Partnership – Capital Region
cristinav@ceg.org | x224

Executive Board

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

Leadership Board

  • Brian Akley
    Sr. Business Development Manager, Gilbane Building Company
  • Thomas  L. Amell
    President, Pioneer Bank
  • Carm Basile
    Executive Director, CDTA
  • David M. Buicko
    President & CEO, Galesi Group
  • Bryant Cassella
    Regional Vice President & Market Leader, Wells Fargo
  • Michael Castellana
    President & CEO, SEFCU
  • Antonio Civitella
    President & CEO, Transfinder
  • J. Gregory Connors
    U.S. Government Affairs, GLOBALFOUNDRIES
  • David Cornell
    Albany/Hudson Valley Market President, Bank of America
  • William Dehmer
    Managing Director, Upstate NY Commercial Banking, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.
  • Chris Del Vecchio
    President & CEO, MVP Health Care
  • Keith Dolan
    VP, Regional Executive, Highmark Blue Shield of Northeastern New York
  • Christopher Dowd
    President & CEO, Ballston Spa National Bank
  • James W. Drislane, CPA
    Managing Shareholder, Teal Becker & Chiaramonte
  • Paul Fahey
    COO, Overit
  • Daniel Fariello
    President, Capital Bank
  • Joanne Fernandez
    Head of Government Affairs and Policy in NY, Ørsted
  • Patricia Fusco
    President, Fusco Personnel, Inc.
  • Ray Gillen
    Chair, Schenectady Metroplex Development Authority
  • Casey Griner
    Plant Leader, Owens Corning
  • Eileen Guarino
    President, 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
  • Daniel Jacques
    SVP & Market Lead, Commercial Banking, KeyBank
  • Josh Kowalski
    VP, Sales & Business Development, Carver Companies
  • Richard E. Leckerling, Esq.
    Partner, Whiteman Osterman & Hanna
  • Andrew Marsh
    President & CEO, Plug Power
  • Chrisopher McKenna
    President & CEO, CAPCOM Federal Credit Union
  • 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
  • John J. Nigro
    President, Nigro Companies
  • Stephen Obermayer
    Chief Financial Officer, BBL Companies
  • Kevin O’Connor
    CEO, Advance Albany County Alliance
  • 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
  • Havidan Rodriguez, Ph.D.
    President, University at Albany
  • Tara Ryan
    Senior Vice President, Brand Strategy & Communications, Goldman Sachs Ayco Personal Financial Management
  • Andrew C. Rose. Esq.
    Office Managing Partner, Nixon Peabody, LLP
  • 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, EDC, Warren County
  • Richard P. Sleasman, SIOR
    President & Managing Director, CBRE Albany
  • Carl E. Stewart, III
    Vice President and General Manager, Turner Construction
  • Walter Thorne
    Market President & Publisher, Albany Business Review
  • Michael J. Uccellini
    President, United Group of Companies
  • James Vanburen
    Albany & Upstate New York Market Leader, Grant Thornton
  • Nick Viggiani
    Assistant Vice President for Research, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Dan White
    Partner, KPMG Audit

Funding Partners