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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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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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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 

Municipal Websites: What to do Before Your Redesign

In this episode of CERCONOMY, CERC's VP of Marketing is joined by CERC's Marketing Consultant, Rebecca Mead, to discuss action steps to take before a municipality - or any organization for that matter - begins the process of the design and development of a new website.  

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by Kristi Sullivan  |    |  Comments 

Top 5 Tools and Tips to Help You Stay Organized, On Time and On Budget – and NOT Overwhelmed

  1. Utilize Outlook for Keeping Track of Appointments, Deadlines and To Dos
    Did you know that you can create a “calendar appointment” directly from an email in Outlook?  I use this all the time to make sure important emails that have actionable deadlines don’t get lost – but rather find a place on my calendar.  I also utilize the feature to make sure internal and external associates know when things are due.  And to keep track of events, I created a separate calendar that also houses the event information, registration details and online links directly in the appointment slot.

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    by Kristi Sullivan  |    |  Comments 

Preparing Our Communities to Be Competitive in the Business Recruitment Process

The months of September and October always represent periods of transition and change on the calendar. September marking the unofficial end of summer, as people prepare to return to school and work. October, often times, represents an upcoming change in elected officials and preparation for changes in policy. In these months, we also tend to enjoy nature at its best, and bare witness to its worst; as leaves begin to showcase a myriad of colors in the north, while our coastal counterparts in the south prepare for the environmental threats posed by tropical storms and hurricanes.

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by Erron Smith  |    |  Comments