2019 Windham Region District Economic Development and Infrastructure Summit
On October 3, 2019 Attorneys Bonnie D. Kumiega and John A. Bond attended the 2019 Windham Region District Economic Development and Infrastructure Summit. The Summit was co-sponsored by Updike, Kelly & Spellacy, P.C. and was held at the Windham Club in North Windham, CT The purpose of the Summit is to bring together leaders in the areas of economic development, transportation, utilities and community programming to speak about the state of the region with regard to economic development. Attorney Kumiega was asked to make some opening remarks, and in doing so, she encouraged the attendees to adopt and maintain a positive attitude and open mind, and to take that attitude with them to be an ally in promoting economic development within their communities. Attorney Kumiega reminded the group that UKS has partnered with individuals, community groups, businesses and municipalities to be a part of our region’s positive economic development, and that UKS can continue to be a resource for those looking to keep things moving ahead.
The invited speakers included Liz Donohue from Eversource who spoke about renewable energy business development and the region’s clean energy future. Joseph Giulietti, Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Transportation, spoke about infrastructure upgrades and tolling. Glendowlyn Thomas, Deputy Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, gave a presentation on Opportunity Zones and programs for municipalities and businesses. Charles Hunter, Assistant Vice President, Government Affairs, Genesee & Wyoming Railroad, updated the group on grants to promote development and rail improvements in the area. Lt. Denise Salmon from the Salvation Army spoke to promote all that the Salvation Army’s Regional Community Center Programs have to offer. Throughout the morning, Jim Bellano, Director of Economic Development for the Town of Windham, and Diane Nadeau, President/CEO of the Windham Region Chamber of Commerce, provided insight into specific area developments and spotlighted local business resource centers that offer a wealth of services.
The Summit was a success, with an abundance of good information shared by the speakers. The participation amongst the attendees provided insight for ongoing concerns and new ideas for growth and development.
Attorney Kumiega’s practice areas include commercial and residential real estate, real estate development and land use, leasing, general corporate counsel, business law, business formation, mergers and acquisitions, estate planning, trusts and estates, business succession planning, probate law and municipal law.
Attorney Bond has represented buyers and sellers in residential and commercial real estate transactions. He has assisted clients with the formation of business entities. He has experience representing business owners in asset purchase and sales and contract drafting and review. Attorney Bond also assists clients with the preparation of wills, durable powers of attorney, durable health care directives and probate estate administration.