Summer 2020 – The Connecticut Economic Development Association in partnership with UConn Extension is pleased to welcome Jade Hardrick to the team! Jade Hardrick is a rising junior at the University of Connecticut. She is currently double majoring in economics and urban and community studies. Her interests include urban planning, business, and law. She plans to obtain an advanced degree in at least one of those listed fields. On campus, she is the vice president of the organization Women & Minorities in Economics which encourages more women and minorities to enter the field of economics and has in-depth economic discussions about racial and gender inequality, income inequality, and climate change. Hardrick enjoys running and reading books in her free time.
Summer 2019 – Kevin Fitzgerald
The Connecticut Economic Development Association is pleased to welcome Kevin Fitzgerald as the program intern for the newly launched Best Practices in Land Use and Economic Development Program. Kevin will assist with development, research and administration of the program. Kevin is an incoming Master of Public Administration candidate with the University of Connecticut and a 2018 graduate from UConn in Political Science and Urban & Community Studies. While in Storrs, Kevin completed his Honors Thesis in Political Science on the use of eminent domain for economic development in the 2005 Kelo v. New London decision. Kevin plans to focus his coursework on development and urban planning and after completing his masters Kevin looks forward to pursuing a law degree and assisting towns with economic development projects as a land use attorney. Kevin spent this past spring interning in the Town of Stonington’s Department of Planning and he looks forward to contributing to the Town of Berlin’s Kensington Village development as a member of the UConn MPA program. In his free time Kevin likes to follow UConn and Boston sports, run, and hike.
Summer 2018 – Madeleine Aseltine
Madeleine served as the 2018 Extension summer intern and developed a white paper on the health benefits of the Derby, Greenway.
Summer 2018 – Hope Frew
Hope served as a Summer intern in 2018 and assisted with the development of the Local Economic Development Organization Survey Report.
Summer – Fall 2017 – Ryan Faulkner
Ryan, UConn BA Economics 2017, has helped with our National First Impressions Research by interviewing program directors across the country and analyzing the results. Ryan also assisted with the Connecticut Trail Census project with helping to input, analyze and report on trail user survey data. Lastly, he has taken part in our First Impression exchanges and coordinated interviews for the evaluation on the First Impressions Program. He collected footage of the visits and interviews of participants to be used for an informational video on the First Impressions Program.
Ryan is pursuing a career in Planning and looking into graduate programs, with research interests in Sustainable Economic Development and Environmental Planning. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, photography and traveling.
For more information contact:
Community & Economic Development Educator/Associate Extension Professor
University of Connecticut Extension
Fairfield County Extension Center
67 Stony Hill Rd, Bethel, CT 06801-3056