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The Eastern College Athletic Conference plans to move from Massachusetts to Danbury.  The state Department of Economic and Community Development finalized the deal yesterday with the country's largest intercollegiate athletic conference.  ECAC will bring about 20 jobs to Danbury by next month when it relocates to the Matrix Center. 


Governor Dannel Malloy says this brings the possibility of more conference events to the state.  The state will provide the ECAC with 400-thousand dollars from the Small Business Express Program to help with the move, and a 100-thousand dollar matching grant to create 5 jobs. 


Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton says both the business and sports communities are anxious to welcome the ECAC, which has more than 300 member institutions in 12 states. 


ECAC says the Matrix is a central location for their headquarters and accessible to its entire membership--which will allow for more frequent meetings.  Westchester County in New York and Bergen County in New Jersey were also considered.


ECAC Commissioner Kevin McGinniss, a Greater Danbury area resident, said relocating the ECAC headquarters to The Matrix Corporate Center will better enable the organization to service the entire membership at the highest levels.

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