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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.

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 

Highlights from the 2018 Southern New England American Planning Association Conference

In this episode of CERCONOMY, Courtney Hendricson recaps the recent SNEAPA Conference (www.sneapa.org/) that was held in Hartford, October 18 and 19th. A great event planned by the Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts chapters of the American Planning Association, share inspired attendees with new ideas shared by the keynote addresses given by singer and songwriter Dar Williams - who shared her observations of what makes a great community - as well as the assertive planning changes being made in Hartford by Mayor Luke Bronin and Sara Bronin, the chair of the Hartford Planning and Zoning Commission.

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by Courtney Hendricson  |    |  Comments 

There is Good News in Connecticut's Economy

Hello and welcome to the October edition of the CERC e-news. I’d like to spend a bit of time talking about our Celebrate CT! event, which is coming up on December 5th. We’re going to hold it at Infinity Hall in Hartford - and we’re moving to a new location as our old location has gotten pretty tight. We hope to have a celebration with a little different vibe, and hope that you will come and join us.

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by Bob Santy  |    |  Comments 

Takeaways from the 2018 IEDC Conference

In this episode of CERCONOMY, Bob Santy shares the major takeaways from the recent conference of the International Economic Development Council and the importance for Connecticut to continue creating great places through inclusive economic development, and creating demand driven workforce development. 

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by Bob Santy  |    |  Comments 

The New Opportunity Zones Tax Incentive

In this episode of CERCONOMY, Bob Santy, CERC’s President & CEO welcomes Liddy Karter, of Enhanced Capital, to discuss the new Opportunity Zone tax incentive, and what it means for Connecticut.  Bob and Liddy share insights into the specifications of Opportunity Zone funds, what makes the Opportunity Zones program unique through the types of investments, and provide resources for more information.

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by Bob Santy  |    |  Comments 

The Nonprofit Sector's Impact on the Connecticut Economy

In this episode of CERCONOMY, Alissa DeJonge recaps a recent presentation she gave for the Connecticut Alliance of Nonprofits at their annual conference. In addition to looking at some overall macroeconomic figures, Alissa shares data on the nonprofit sector’s impact on many different levels, and all the ways that it helps the Connecticut economy.

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by Alissa DeJonge  |    |  Comments 

On the Way to Recovery

Lehman Brothers, a name that had almost disappeared over the past many years, is suddenly being heard of again - in news, radios, even on YouTube videos. It has been 10 years since the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy that demarcated the start of the most severe economic recession in decades. Looking back at 2008 compared to the current healthy national employment rates and strong market reports, we cannot help but feel glad that we have moved on.

As with the rest of the nation, Connecticut has been through a tough 10-year period. Has Connecticut climbed out the shadow of the recession? Has the economy recovered for households in Connecticut? The answer is mixed.

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by Mia Ying  |    |  Comments