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The CERC Blog features topics about research, marketing and business development topics related to economic development, including monthly letters from our President and CEO.

We Heart Data

CT Data Collaborative

In this episode, Michelle Riordan-Nold, Executive Director of the CT Data Collaborative joins Alissa DeJonge, CERC’s Vice President of Research to share information about the organization’s mission, and news about their role as the Connecticut State Census Data Center. 

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Curious George Learns About the Transforming Retail Industry

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This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending the musical Curious George and The Golden Meatball at Playhouse on Park in West Hartford. Based on the books by Margaret and H.A. Rey, this live performance about a mischievous monkey had my son, husband, and I laughing and clapping the whole time.

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by Alissa DeJonge  |    |  Comments 

Behind the Scenes of CELEBRATE CT!

Celebrate CT

Join Kristi Sullivan, CERC's Vice President of Marketing, for this episode of CERCONOMY as she walks you through the essential steps to plan for a large, high-profile event like the annual CELEBRATE CT! event, and how CERC can help your organization execute successful events.

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by Kristi Sullivan  |    |  Comments 

Municipal Economic Development for Small Communities

Recently we’ve been out doing a lot of our municipal trainings - you know we’ve done about 90 of the trainings over the last three years - and we’re up to about half of Connecticut’s communities that have hopefully benefitted from the work we’re doing out there.

Just recently we were in a very small town - one of the smallest we’ve done with a population of about 1,700 people. A lot of the questions that came up were, “can we really do economic development when we’re so small?” Of course, we adjust what we say to communities of that size, but our answer is absolutely yes. It has got to be a very intentional activity, economic development, and it can be done by small communities as well as large, but you have to adapt what you are going to do.

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by Bob Santy  |    |  Comments 

What an Honor!

Celebate CT!

In a few weeks, our annual Celebrate CT! event will honor a selection of people, projects and places for their positive contribution to the local and state economy (view the full list of award honorees). CERC will also be celebrating our 25th Anniversary at this year’s 9th annual event, and for the first time, the event will be held at Infinity Hall in Hartford.

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by Kristi Sullivan  |    |  Comments 

The Influences, Impacts, and Implications for the CT Energy Market

Energy CERCONOMY

As a follow-up to her recent presentation to the Connecticut Power & Energy Society’s 2018 Conference, Alissa DeJonge, CERC’s Vice President of Research, shares findings and considerations for the Connecticut energy sector in this episode of CERCONOMY. 

Reviewing the influences, impacts, and implications of the state’s population, demographics, and other major state industries on the Connecticut energy sector, Alissa’s perspectives on the energy industry consider the new energy choices that both businesses and residents have, and the affect they are having on the energy market.

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by Alissa DeJonge  |    |  Comments 

The Art of Communication

Art of Communication

Susan Powers of Sandler Training joins Kristi Sullivan, Vice President of Marketing for CERC, to share insights into the DISC personality profile and how it is a large part of successfully navigating the art of communication. What are the traits of the four styles and how can you adjust and adapt to better understand those who have different styles than you?  Being more aware of the particular traits can lead to better working relationships and allows for more successful outcomes - both professionally… and personally.

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by Kristi Sullivan  |    |  Comments 

What Can CERC's Business Services Do For You?

Last week, while cleaning out my office space, I found a button with the statement “I’m From the State and I'm Here to Help.”  Wow this button is old!!!  It gave me a feeling of nostalgia – and in reflecting back on the State’s history, I realized that CERC has been and continues to be part of making Connecticut a business-friendly environment.  It’s one of the things we do best. 

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by Beth Wallace  |    |  Comments 

What to Know About the Site Selector RFI Process

In this episode of CERCONOMY, Jessica Inacio and Erron Smith continue the discussion on site selectors, sharing what a RFI (request for information) looks like, who site selector consultants are reaching out to, how municipalities "hold the keys to the kingdom," and what the role is for a public-private partnership within the process.

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by Erron Smith  |    |  Comments