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Dr. James Nardozzi, Interim CEO

Lifelong Waterbury resident. Graduate of St. Margaret-McTernan School. Bachelor of Science, cum laude, Northeastern University. Master of Public Administration, University of New Haven. Doctor of Public Administration, Nova Southeastern University. FBI National Academy, 206th session. Board of Directors, Wellmore Behavioral Health 2008-present. Board of Directors, Christopher D. Corbett Memorial Scholarship Fund 2015-2017. Board of Trustees, Chase Collegiate School 2013-2017. Board of Managers, The Waterbury Club 2004-2009. Board of Directors and Past President, Waterbury Police Federal Credit Union 2000-2002. Board of Directors, Waterbury Chamber of Commerce Main Street Program, 2012-2013.

Michael T. Gilmore, Re-Investment Manager & Fair Housing Manager

Michael Gilmore is a lifelong resident of Waterbury. He is a graduate of Sacred Heart High School and Mattatuck Community College. Mike began working for the City of Waterbury in 1991 as a Community Liaison under Mayor Edward Bergin. He then moved to the Office of Community Development as a Community Development Specialist. Mike currently works as a Re-Investment Manager Fair Housing Officer at the Waterbury Development Corporation. In that role he is responsible for the securing or demolition of unsafe structures, enforcement of the city's Anti-Blight Ordinance, and relocation of displaced tenants. As the city's Fair Housing Officer, Mike organizes and implements public programs and distributes informational material pertaining to fair housing laws and rights. He is also a member of the City's Tax Auction Committee and Property Reuse Committee. Mike is currently a member of the City of Waterbury Blight Task Force. He is also a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians of Waterbury. He is also an affiliate and supporter of the Greater Waterbury YMCA and former member of the Board of Directors. Mike resides in the Bunker Hill neighborhood with his wife Jackie and their three daughters, Taylor, Jordan, and Hayley.

Tiadora Santiago, Administrative Assistant

Tiadora Santiago has been an administrative assistant with the Waterbury Development Corporation since October 2018. She is the first person to greet you with a smile. Tiadora graduated from Southern Connecticut State University with a bachelor degree in Organizational Communications.  She is currently a 4th Dan Master Belt in the Cheezic Tang Soo Do Federation.  Starting at the age of six, she has worked her way up through the ranks and has been an instructor for 20 years.  Tiadora resides in the town plot section of Waterbury with her husband Mark. Tiadora enjoys spending time with her family and friends, and loves setting new fitness goals.

 JoAnn Genovese, Finance & Administrative Specialist

JoAnn Genovese specializes in working closely with the Department of Economic and Community Development in financial matters relevant to various projects managed by Waterbury Development Corporation. She processes loan activity for funds such as the Regional Business Investment Fund, Downtown Development Funds and the State Small Business Express Fund. JoAnn is also the Finance and Administrative Specialist for the Naugatuck Valley Development Corporation and Brass Center Limited. She is the point person for the WDC Board of Directors and Loan Committee meetings. JoAnn is a graduate of Mattatuck Community College with an Associate Degree in Accounting. She is an avid UCONN Husky fan and resides in Wolcott. A proud mom of four children and four grandchildren, JoAnn enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Robert Mulhall, Project Manager

Bob Mulhall has been a Project Manager with Waterbury Development Corporation for over a year. He is a graduate of the University of Connecticut with a B.A. Prior to Waterbury Development Corporation, Bob worked for RAB Associates for 15 years. He currently resides in Waterbury.

Zachary Keith, Urban Historian, Project Manager

Zachary Keith received his dual Bachelor's Degree in History and in Urban and Community Studies from the University of Connecticut. He received his Master's Degree in Public History from Central Connecticut State University. Besides Project Management, Zachary also serves as the Enterprise Zone Coordinator for WDC. He serves as the Secretary for the Waterbury Chapter of UNICO and has been a member since 2011. Zachary volunteers with the Main Street Economic Vitality Committee and joined their Board of Directors in 2017, he is currently the secretary. He also volunteers with Connecticut Community Foundation Sponsorship Committee. Zachary graduated from Leadership Greater Waterbury in 2019. Zachary lives in Oakville with his wife Ashley who is a clinical therapist at Wellmore Behavioral Health in Waterbury and their two fur children Frank and Bella.

Kenneth Russo, CPE, Senior Project Manager

Kenneth Russo has been a senior project manager with Waterbury Development Corporation since June 2019.  Kenneth has 52 years of experience in the Construction Industry, with an Architectural Engineering degree.  He is also a certified professional estimator. Kenneth lives in Middlebury with his wife Maryanna of 53 years; he is a proud father of two kids and four grandchildren.  Kenneth enjoys playing golf, shooting pool, and coaching baseball.



Welcome to the


The Waterbury Development Corporation (WDC) is the City of Waterbury's designated economic and community development agency. Recognizing the realities of the marketplace, WDC is moving with the times as it transforms Waterbury from a center of heavy industrial activity into a multifaceted area for Brownfield Development, advanced technology, niche manufacturing, healthcare, higher education, and cultural values.

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