Bridgeport Economic Development Corporation

PRESIDENT: Edward Lavernoich

Phone: 203-335-3800


The Bridgeport Economic Development Corporation (BEDCO), an affiliate of the Bridgeport Regional Business Council (BRBC), is a non-profit economic development corporation organized under US IRS laws as a 501(c)3 corporate entity and is recognized as a charitable organization in good standing by the State of Connecticut.   BEDCO has the ability to undertake a broad range of economic and community development activity, with a purposeful focus of helping public, private and neighborhood partner organizations implement their worthy ideas.  BEDCO is governed by its own Board of Directors, comprised of nominees from the BRBC Board of Directors, and appointees from the Mayor of the City of Bridgeport.

Typical BEDCO Activities

Some Past BEDCO projects


David Levine, Cohen and Wolf PC; BEDCO Board Chair

George Estrada, Town of Trumbull, and Bridgeport resident; BEDCO Board Vice Chair

Paul Timpanelli, Hodson Realty; BEDCO Treasurer

Edward Lavernoich; BEDCO President & Secretary of the Board

Paul Antinozzi, Antinozzi & Associates

Andre Baker, State Representative, 124th District

John Bundschuh, People's United Bank

Albert Carbone, Avangrid/UIL

Maureen Funke, Greenbox-is

Carolyn Gonzalez, Capital for Change

Janene Hawkins, City of Bridgeport

Charles Scott, Tri-State Realty

Daniel Shamas, City of Bridgeport

BEDCO has proudly done business with the following local MBEs since 2016

Aunt Viv’s Homestyle Cooking

Brown Construction, Bridgeport

Engineers Ironworks, Bridgeport

Freeman Companies, Hartford

JESCO Builders, Bridgeport

Pryceless Consulting, Bridgeport

Resource Services, Bridgeport

WC McBride Electrical Contracting, Bridgeport


Kenneth Oppedisano, Main Enterprises Inc., BEDCO Board Chair 2007-2017


Representative Ezequiel Santiago 1973-2019. Dedicated BEDCO Board Director 2011-2019, Vice Chairman from 2015 until his passing.