Steelpointe Harbor was chosen as the site of the Connecticut Economic Development Association 2019 Annual Meeting and Fall Social. The event held at Boca Oyster Bar welcomed Economic Development officials from municipalities and organization throughout the state. The organizers of the networking event also handed out awards and recognized municipalities.


City of Bridgeport officials accepted the Connecticut Economic Development Association (CEDAS) accreditation as a 2019 “Best Practice Community” for its policies and procedures in economic development and land use planning.

“We are happy to be the host city for the CEDAS annual meeting and we are certainly pleased to receive this recognition,”said Mr. Thomas Gill, Bridgeport Economic Development Director. “It shows we’re on the right track. The City has seen over a billion dollars in investment over the past four years and we have another $250 million in varied development projects underway right now. And consistent with our recently approved ten-year master plan of conservation and development, Plan Bridgeport, we are growing in a way that is reflective of community values. This recognition serves as a validation of our approach.”


CEDAS created the “Best Practices” program to highlight Connecticut municipalities that are pursuing policies that encourage growth,that plan considering community needs, and that provide efficient and transparent processes in service of development, investment, and public involvement.


The event was held at the recently completed Lighthouse at Steelpointe Harbor Building because it symbolizes Bridgeport’s current development successes. The event also provided the city’s Office of Planning and Economic Development an opportunity to present Bridgeport’s future economic development plans to the group.

A set of boats docked at Bridgeport Harbor Marina