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

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

Charlene DeForest
Director, Finance & Administration
charlened@ceg.org | x230

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


Peter Lion
Director, Energy & Sustainability – Business Growth Solutions
Manufacturing Extension Partnership – Capital Region
peterl@ceg.org | x234

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

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

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

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

Amanda Vitullo
Director, Economic Development Services
amanadav@ceg.org | x244

Board Officers

Board Chair: John D. Bennett, MD., Capital District Physicians’ Health Plan

Past Chair: Thomas L. Amell, Pioneer Bank

Treasurer: James W. Drislane, CPA, Teal, Becker & Chiaramonte

Secretary: Patricia A. Fusco, Fusco Personnel

President & CEO: Andrew S. Kennedy, Center for Economic Growth

Executive Committee Members

  • James J. Barba
    President & CEO, Albany Medical Center
  • David M. Buicko
    Chief Operating Officer, Galesi Group
  • Michael Castellana
    President & CEO, SEFCU
  • J. Gregory Connors
    U.S. Government Affairs, GLOBALFOUNDRIES
  • Chris Del Vecchio
    President & COO, MVP Health Care
  • George R. Hearst, III
    Publisher, Times Union
  • Richard J. Hendrick
    General Manager, Port of Albany
  • Ruth Mahoney
    Market President, KeyBank
  • Justin Moore
    Vice President & General Manager, Rivers Casino & Resort
  • John J. Nigro
    President, Nigro Companies
  • Stephen Obermayer
    Chief Financial Officer, BBL Construction Services
  • Robert Pasinella
    President, Rensselaer County IDA
  • Laurie Poltynski
    Manager – Regional Account Specialist, National Grid
  • Gabriel Raia
    VP, Integrated Services, Zones
  • Havidan Rodriguez, Ph.D.
    President, University at Albany
  • John Tattersall
    President, Frank Murken Products

Board Members

  • Brian Akley
    Sr. Business Development Manager, Gilbane Building Company
  • Cindy Applebaum
    Market President & Publisher, Albany Business Review
  • Carm Basile
    Executive Director, CDTA
  • Robert E. Blackman
    Vice President, Howard Hanna Realty
  • Bryant Cassella
    Regional Vice President & Market Leader, Wells Fargo
  • Antonio Civitella
    President & CEO, Transfinder
  • Casey Crowley
    Plant Leader, Owens Corning
  • John DeAugustine
    President & Publisher, Schenectady Gazette
  • David S. DeMarco
    President, Saratoga National Bank
  • J. Tyler Desmond
    General Manager, The Desmond
  • Keith Dolan
    VP, Regional Executive, BlueShield of Northeastern New York
  • Christopher Dowd
    President & CEO, Ballston Spa National Bank
  • Paul Fahey
    COO, Overit
  • Daniel Fariello
    Senior Vice President, Capital Bank
  • Ray Gillen
    Chair, Schenectady Metroplex Development Authority
  • James Harris, Jr.
    President & CEO, Janitronics
  • John S. Harris, Esq.
    Partner, Brown & Weinraub, PLLC
  • Michael Hickey
    Executive Director, Stack Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Siena College
  • David Horan
    Market Executive, Hudson Valley Commercial Banking, JP Morgan Chase
  • Chris Horne
    Community Leader
  • Scott Houghtaling
    Senior Vice President, Commercial Leader, Berkshire Bank
  • Josh Kowalski
    Project Manager, Carver Companies
  • Richard E. Leckerling, Esq.
    Co-Managing Partner, Whiteman Osterman & Hanna
  • Jennifer L. MacPhee
    Managing Director, NY Capital Central Complex, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, Bank of America Corporation
  • Andrew Marsh
    President & CEO, Plug Power
  • Chris McKenna
    President & CEO, CAPCOM Federal Credit Union
  • John McManus
    Managing Partner, Harris Beach, PLLC
  • Marlene McTigue
    Board Member, Albany County IDA
  • Paul A. Milton
    President & CEO, Ellis Medicine
  • Thomas O’Connor III
    VP, Channel Management, Mohawk Fine Papers, Inc.
  • Diana Ostroff
    Lobbyist, Ostroff & Associates
  • Michael Paparian
    Senior VP, Middle Market Banking, Citizens Commercial Banking
  • Roger A. Ramsammy, Ph.D.
    President, Hudson Valley Community College
  • Justin Riccio
    Senior VP, Alliant Americas
  • Joe Rigabar
    Executive Vice President, AYCO
  • Andrew C. Rose. Esq.
    Office Managing Partner, Nixon Peabody, LLP
  • Raymond L. Rudolph, P.E.
    Executive Vice President, John W. Danforth Company
  • Thomas A. Selfridge
    President & Owner, Swagelok
  • Peter D. Semenza
    Vice President, Philanthropy, St. Peter’s Health Partners
  • Hon. Kathy Sheehan
    Mayor, City of Albany
  • Richard P. Sleasman, SIOR
    President & Managing Director, CBRE Albany
  • Carl E. Stewart, III
    Vice President and General Manager, Turner Construction
  • Richard Straut, P.E.
    Senior Vice President, Barton & Loguidice
  • 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
  • OF COUNSEL: Gregory J. Champion, Esq.
    Managing Member, Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC

Funding Partners