While CERC offers a wide range of services, one of our most well-known and popular offerings are the CERC Town Profiles. Covering all 169 municipalities in Connecticut, the Town Profiles offer the reader a nuanced view of the economic and demographic characteristics of each municipality, including information such as population, major employers, education, fiscal issues, labor force and housing.
The retail industry is going through a remarkable transformation - in part due to technology as well as cultural and social shifts.
In this episode of CERCONOMY, Alissa DeJonge, CERC's Vice President of Research, and Rachel Gretencord, CERC's Financial and Research Analyst, sit down to discuss the changes occurring in the retail marketplace, and what retailers need to do in order to survive - including establishing destinations where shoppers want to go and spend time - creating authentic experiences.
Global industry leader, Stanley Black & Decker and Techstars, a worldwide accelerator that helps entrepreneurs succeed, have partnered to run The STANLEY+Techstars Accelerator in Hartford. Focused on additive manufacturing and sustainable packaging solutions, they search the world for established startups that are developing innovative solutions in these areas - searching for disruptive solutions in software, hardware, or materials.
I read an article recently about America’s New Business Plan which was posted by a grassroots bipartisan initiative called Start Us Up. The article calls upon both national and state policy makers to consider the following when making decisions on business regulations and the necessity of supporting the small business community and creating a level playing field for all - an idea that resonates with me and is similarly viewed by many of the resource partners in Connecticut.
Recently, Erron Smith, CERC’s Associate Director of Business Development sat down with Alissa DeJonge, Vice President of Research, to chat about a recent conference he attended - the Industrial Asset Management Council (IAMC) Professional Forum.Held in Milwaukee, the forum brought together economic developers, service providers, and end users (companies).As a first time visitor to Milwaukee, Erron was impressed with the city’s efforts to transform the historical industrial economy and strategically utilize the existing assets, and how Connecticut, with its similar post industrial challenges, can benefit by learning from cities like Milwaukee.
The fall is a busy time for conferences, workshops, and events within the planning and economic development industry. Having just returned from some great conferences, I wanted to share a little bit about them.
Bourough 496 is a new business incubator in Hamden, supporting small businesses and serving as a regional asset for innovation as well as a productive institution in a critical neighborhood.
In this episode of CERCONOMY, CERC’s Vice President of Municipal Services, Courtney Hendricson, is joined by Dale Kroop, the Director of Economic Development and Neighborhood Revitalization for Hamden - and the mastermind behind the new incubator.
Businesses provide numerous benefits to an economy in the form of products and services for use by society, tax revenues to governments, payroll to employees, and innovations, among others. Businesses range in type from sole proprietors to multi-national conglomerates.
Many listeners are familiar with the free resources that CERC offers for information on the Connecticut commercial real estate market - such as property listings on CERC SiteFinder®; and the CERC Town Profiles, however, CERC also offers project-based services for real estate as well.