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Farmington Hires New Economic Development Director

Rose Ponte will replace Courtney Hendricson.

A longtime Torrington economic development director will replace Courtney Hendricson in the same role in Farmington. 

The town of Farmington hired Rose Ponte for the job and she is slated to start Oct. 21. 

Town officials expressed enthusiasm to have her on board and "are eager to have the Farmington business community meet her," according to a press release from the town on Wednesday. 

Town Manager Kathleen Eagen "looks forward to Ms. Ponte continuing the Farmington Economic Development Office's strong reputation in the business and development community," the release stated. 

"Rose has a solid background and a proven track record in Torrington," Eagen said in a statement. "She will be a welcome addition to the Town of Farmington."

Ponte worked in economic development in Torrington since 2006 and was "a key member on the Mayor's team focusing her work on planning, managing, negotiating and facilitating the actions necessary to improve Torrington's economic and community development," the town said.

"She has had numerous achievements with business development, downtown redevelopment, unique programming in the arts and many successful grant programs from Brownfield Remediation to Department of Transportation Streetscape Improvement," the release stated. 

Ponte graduated from Fairfield University with a bachelor's degree in finance. The Harwinton resident is on "the Board of Directors for the Connecticut Economic Development Association, the Community Foundation of Northwest Connecticut and the Charlotte Hungerford Hospital," according to the press release. 

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