Nancy Weiner Anstey has been named the chairperson of the board of directors of the Central Regional Tourism District in Connecticut. Anstey is the executive director of the Farmington Valley Visitors Association (FVVA), a private, non-profit organization that focuses on the promotion of historic, natural and cultural tourism and economic vitality in an eight-town area of the Farmington River Valley.
Based in Hartford, the award-winning Central Regional Tourism District manages tourism marketing for 65 cities and towns in the Greater Hartford/Connecticut River Valley and Greater New Haven regions. In addition to Anstey’s election as chairperson, the other officers are: vice-chairperson Anthony Rescigno, president of the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce; treasurer Deborah Moore, executive director of the Wadsworth Mansion at Long Hill Estate in Middletown; vice treasurer Frank Chiaramonte of Chiaramonte & Associates and Business for Downtown Hartford; and secretary Mimsie Coleman of the Hamden Arts Commission.
Anstey has been a member of the Central Regional Tourism District’s Board of Directors for the past nine years, having served as its marketing committee co-chair and as an executive committee member. Most recently, she was the vice chairperson of the organization.
Anstey also is co-chair of the Farmington Valley Film Commission and is a member of the Town of Avon’s “Avon Day” Steering Committee. She has served on numerous boards including the Farmington Valley Arts Center, the Farmington Valley Association for Retarded and Handicapped/FAVARH, and the Farmington Valley Trails Council. In addition, she and her husband, Roger, co-founded and ran the Avon Memorial Day Girls Soccer Tournament for 10 years.
Prior to joining the Farmington Valley Visitors Association, Anstey worked as an educational consultant in the Greater Hartford area for 20 years. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan with both a Bachelors and a Masters degree in Special Education.
The Central Regional Tourism District covers 65 towns and cities located along the Connecticut River, which winds its way from the Long Island Sound over hills and rolling valleys, through the capital city of Hartford, and up to the Massachusetts border. Its goal is to increase the number of visits to River Valley/Connecticut and Greater New Haven/Connecticut regions thereby resulting in revenue growth. The Tourism District covers: Andover; Avon; Berlin; Bethany; Bloomfield; Bolton; Branford; Canton; Cheshire; Chester; Clinton; Cromwell; Deep River; Durham; East Granby; East Haddam; East Hampton; East Hartford; East Haven; East Windsor; Ellington; Enfield; Essex; Farmington; Glastonbury; Granby; Guilford; Haddam; Hamden; Hartford; Hebron; Killingworth; Madison; Manchester; Marlborough; Meriden; Middlefield; Middletown; Milford; New Britain; New Haven; Newington; North Branford; North Haven; Old Saybrook; Orange; Plainville; Portland; Rocky Hill; Simsbury; Somers; South Windsor; Southington; Stafford; Suffield; Tolland; Vernon; Wallingford; West Hartford; West Haven; Westbrook; Wethersfield; Windsor; Windsor Locks, and Woodbridge.
The Central Regional Tourism District’s offices are at One Constitution Plaza in Downtown Hartford. For more information about the Central Regional Tourism District, go on-line to www.centerofct.com, or call Anne Lee or Deborah Giantonio at 860-787-9640.
This information was provided by the Central Regional Tourism District.