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Innovation in the Land of Steady Habits

Innovation in the Land of Steady Habirs

They say there are two seasons in Connecticut: winter and construction. We are well into construction season, we can see roads, buildings and other projects being worked on throughout our state. Some are just simple maintenance. Others are new ideas coming online. One new project a few blocks from my home in south downtown Hartford, is a mixed-use gas station, with a convenience store and food market as well as eight apartments above.

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by Jessica Inacio  |    |  Comments 

On the Ground Economic Development Support for Towns in Connecticut

In this episode of CERCONOMY, Sadie Colcord, CERC's Municipal Services Associate, joins Courtney Hendricson, Vice President of Municipal Services, to discuss the on-the-ground economic development work being done in Beacon Falls and highlight how towns can benefit from a different approach to their economic development efforts.

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by Courtney Hendricson  |    |  Comments 

How to use Employee Benefits as a Strategic Advantage when Hiring

In this episode, Jason Giulietti, CERC's Vice President of Business Recruitment is joined by Nick Cianci of Compass Total Benefits Solutions to discuss Connecticut's unique requirements for employee benefits and how companies - looking to locate in Connecticut - can strategically design employee benefits packages to be more competitive and attract the right, long-term talent.

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by Jason Giulietti  |    |  Comments 

How Municipalities Can Market Commercial Real Estate Opportunities

Municipal Economic Development Marketing

Across Connecticut, CERC’s municipal and marketing experts have been helping elected officials and town staff market the available commercial real estate within their towns. As part of the team, I have discovered that the most important aspect of a successful marketing campaign is a multi-faceted, multimedia approach to remind people of the local development opportunities that exist. To illustrate this, let’s look at one of the smaller towns we are currently working with to execute a marketing campaign. Without marketing, the town would probably not be top of mind for a developer or broker in Connecticut because of its small size, despite its bountiful real estate opportunities, skilled workforce, and well-connected transportation system.

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by Sadie Colcord  |    |  Comments 

The Fundamentals of Municipal Economic Development

In this episode, Courtney Hendricson walks through the popular workshop – The Fundamentals of Municipal Economic Development – that has been delivered to over 70 towns in Connecticut. Customized to your municipality, the workshop brings together everyone involved with economic development to work collaboratively to answer what is economic and community development, who is responsible for economic development, and how is your municipal economic impacted by state, regional, and global economies.

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by Courtney Hendricson  |    |  Comments 

Working Together on an Economic Development Deal

Well… obviously I am not in the office today.  Once again, we’re at the Travelers Championship at the TPC in Cromwell. Many of you know that for the last few years, we’ve done the economic impact analysis for the tournament and we were able to announce, earlier this year, a $68 million dollar impact that this tournament has on the state’s economy. Economic impact analyses are something we do for a number of clients across the state.

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by Bob Santy  |    |  Comments 

Overcoming Immigration Barriers for International Businesses

Dana Bucin, an immigration specialist with Murtha Cullina, shares the critical details that individuals and businesses need to know to plan and successfully manage the visa process. In this episode, we cover the forms of immigration, the types of visas, and how immigration impacts international businesses establishing a presence in the state of Connecticut.

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by Jason Giulietti  |    |  Comments 

The Definition of Local Economic Development

In this episode, Courtney Hendricson, CERC’s VP of Municipal Services, shares the CERC definition of local economic development – retention, expansion, attraction, and creation. Learn ways that a town’s elected officials can be doing all four economic development components within the context of community character.

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by Courtney Hendricson  |    |  Comments