About Bridgeport Regional Business Council

The Bridgeport Regional Business Council (BRBC) has begun its search for a new President and CEO.

The announcement anticipates the expiration of the term of CEO, Mickey Herbert, who has led the Council during the two years following the retirement of Paul Timpanelli from the organization, who had served since 1988. Both Timpanelli and Herbert worked successfully to further the mission of the Bridgeport Regional Business Council, which is to increase economic opportunities for residents through business expansion, retention, and recruitment.

We received a question about our position profile that has caused us to reach out.  The profile refers to “required” competencies and education and experience levels.    The word should really be “preferred.” Candidates lacking one or more of these competencies or education or experience levels should not be discouraged.  Nor should our members, directors and community friends refrain from encouraging such candidates to apply. 

A revised, corrected position profile is now posted. 

Link below for full Press Release and for the BRBC President and CEO Profile


Applications will be accepted beginning on April 1, 2018 and will continue until June 15, 2018.  All responses are considered confidential. To apply, email resume with cover letter describing interest and salary requirements by June 15, 2018 to the attention of Peg Sheahan, Chair, BRBC Search Committee at brbcsearch@gmail.com.


The vision of the Bridgeport Regional Business Council in the years ahead is to be the region's premier business organization, one that will work with its membership to create an environment where:

  • Small business is attracted and thrives
  • Communities and organizations are collaborative
  • Identified economic development projects that are part of an overall economic development vision are successful


The mission of the Bridgeport Regional Business Council is to increase the economic opportunities for the people of the Bridgeport Region by acting to create an environment for business expansion, retention, and recruitment that will result in jobs and tax base growth.

  • This mission is premised on the following assumptions: The economic growth of the City of Bridgeport is key to the growth and stability of the region.
  • The ratio between residential and commercial and industrial tax burden in Bridgeport must be shifted, i.e., the proportion of 65% of the tax burden coming from residential taxpayers and 35% from non-residential must be turned around.
  • In order to prevent a mass exodus of middle class taxpayers as property taxes increase, significant growth in the grand list must occur.
  • Significant growth in the grand list comes from significant capital investment.
  • And, significant private capital investment will result after public investment improves infrastructure and public facilities.


The roles of the Bridgeport Regional Business Council are:

  • To be a community booster
  • To be an advocate of the business community in the halls of government
  • To be an agency that fosters networking opportunities and professional relationships
  • To be a leader in efforts to raise the level of regional cooperation
  • To be a leader, initiator, and facilitator in local and regional economic development efforts


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