About the

Capital Region Development Authority

On June 15, 2012 the Connecticut General Assembly officially established the Capital Region Development Authority, (CRDA), replacing the quasi-public entity formerly known as the Capital City Economic Development Authority, (CCEDA).

Public Act 12-147 not only re-designates CCEDA as CRDA, but it also allows the new Authority the same powers as CCEDA to plan and implement specified Capital district projects.  The Act also expands the original CCEDA district and permits CRDA to plan and implement some of these projects outside of the district. Michael W. Freimuth is the Executive Director of CRDA. 

The Capital Region Development Authority's 14-member board includes the mayors of Hartford and East Hartford with the Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner, OPM Secretary, the Connecticut Department of Housing and the Department of Transportation Commissioners serving as Ex-officio members.  Two appointees of the Mayor of Hartford, (a city employee and a city resident), one from the legislative minority leadership, one from the legislative majority leadership and four gubernatorial appointments round out the rest of the board.



  • To stimulate new investment, provide for multicultural destinations and a vibrant multidimensional downtown
  • Attract major sports, conventions and exhibitions
  • Residential housing development
  • Operate, maintain and market the Connecticut Convention Center
  • Stimulate family-oriented tourism, art, culture, history, education and entertainment
  • Manage designated facilities
  • Stimulate economic development in the Capital region
  • Development and redevelopment property within Hartford
  • Facilitate the relocation of the area State office buildings


CRDA’s Mission

  • To stimulate economic development and new investment in and around Hartford
  • Develop and redevelop property to attract and retain businesses
  • Rebrand and promote the district as an exciting, multicultural destination for all ages to enjoy
  • Expand housing development as a way to enhance the economic and cultural vitality of the area


CRDA Ethical Conduct Policy

CRDA is located on the 5th floor of the Connecticut Convention Center

100 Columbus Blvd, Suite 500, Hartford, CT 06103-2819


Our Staff

Michael Freimuth
Executive Director

Anthony L. Lazzaro
Deputy Director

Joseph Geremia
Chief Financial Officer

Terryl Mitchell Smith
Director of Marketing and Public Relations

Kimberly C. Hart
Venue Director

Dorine Channing
Assistant Controller

Kimberly Cooke
Accounting Assistant

Jennifer Gaffey
Office Manager

Robert Saint
Director of Construction Services

Lauren Vaz
Senior Accounting Analyst


Erica Levis
Construction Program Assistant


Capital Region Development Authority   |   100 Columbus Boulevard, Suite 500, Hartford, CT 06103-2819   |   860.527.0100   |   info@crdact.net


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