STRATFORD, Conn. -- State Rep. Laura Hoydick is returning as executive director of the Stratford Chamber of Commerce, one of the Affiliate Chambers of Commerce of the Bridgeport Regional Business Council.
Hoydick served in the same position from 2003 to 2007. She succeeds Mary Dean, who has been named as the town's economic development director. The town's former economic development director, Karen Kaiser, has taken a job at Fairfield University.
“As President and CEO, I am extremely excited about Laura Hoydick joining our vibrant team of professionals at the Bridgeport Regional Business Council. Her background and experience in business, economic development, and as a State Representative will enable us to continue to build a better Bridgeport Region,” said Mickey Herbert.
Hoydick has spent most of her life living, working, and volunteering in the Town of Stratford. She holds a business administration degree from Sacred Heart University, is a graduate of the Bridgeport Regional Business Council’s Leadership Greater Bridgeport program, and draws upon two decades of experience in chamber management, real estate, property management, community service, and elected office.
Hoydick will utilize her extensive experience and outstanding skills in non-profit management and administration, relationship development and strategic thinking in her work with the Stratford Chamber Board of Directors.
Hoydick represents the State's 120th District. A Republican, she won a fifth term in last November's election. Hoydick currently serves as a member of the legislature’s Energy and Technology, Banks, Finance, Revenue and Bonding, and Legislative Management Committees. She is the Deputy House Republican Leader.
Representing 800 member businesses and organizations in the Greater Bridgeport Region, the Bridgeport Regional Business Council is a voluntary organization that works to promote regional cooperation and economic development via advocacy for the expansion, retention, and recruitment of business, improved transportation/infrastructure, affordable healthcare, and business friendly legislation in pursuit of its goal to increase jobs and tax base growth.
The BRBC includes seven affiliates: The Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce, the Stratford Chamber of Commerce, the Trumbull Chamber of Commerce, the Bridgeport Economic Development Corporation, Leadership Greater Bridgeport, Thrive Young Professionals and the Women’s Leadership Council.