Connect leaders who are accepting the Innovation in Economic Development Award from the U.S. Economic Development Administration on behalf of the nonprofit are, from left, Duane Roth, Mary Walshok and David Hale.

Connect leaders who are accepting the Innovation in Economic Development Award from the U.S. Economic Development Administration on behalf of the nonprofit are, from left, Duane Roth, Mary Walshok and David Hale.

The federal government recently recognized Connect — the local program for nurturing young, technology-based businesses — as a force for economic development...

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