It’s sunny and 86 degrees out today - the time of year to hit the beach, grill some burgers, and hope that the rooftop solar panels on my house are cranking out more energy than my air conditioner is sucking away. (Today, it may be a toss-up.) While the northeast is known for having higher energy costs than other areas of the nation, one bright spot is that there is greater financial and political incentive to implement clean, renewable, and energy-efficient technology here, which is reflected in Connecticut’s economic data.
Are you struggling with communications styles among your colleagues and/or partners?
Are you confused with the best method to communicate with your audience?
Are you unsure if your marketing pitch is attracting the right clients?
In this episode of CERCONOMY, Courtney Hendricson and Kristi Sullivan share highlights from a recent Connecticut Conference of Municipalities workshop on using the DISC profile for better communications and marketing effectiveness.
Since 2006, Connecticut annually has had a strong presence at the International Airshow for the aerospace industry – and this year, I had the great fortune to attend first-hand, in-person, on-site. CERC has been a part of the team behind-the-scenes for 14 years (wow!) – from coordinating the booth graphics and shipping of materials, to overall logistical details, branding and PR. This year’s show took place in Paris, and I accompanied the Connecticut contingent, which included reps from 11 aerospace companies led by the state Department of Economic and Community Development.
A recent Kaufmann Foundation post by Kayla Smalley - Homegrown Economies with An Entrepreneurial Mindset – sets forth the idea that entrepreneurialism is the foundation for our local economies to flourish and we need to nurture this mindset in our society.
In this episode of CERCONOMY, Beth Wallace, CERC's Director of Business Services is joined by Commissioner Michelle H. Seagull of the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection to discuss the mission and breadth of services that the department provides.
On Friday, June 28, 2019, CERC staff, board members, and collaborators came together to celebrate Bob's 35+ year career in economic development, and wish him well on his retirement. Bob spoke and recalled the people and organizations that he has worked with throughout his career in Connecticut.
CERC coordinates and hosts visits by companies evaluating Connecticut as a potential location, and in this episode of CERCONOMY, Erron Smith and Jessica Inacio of the Business Recruitment team, discuss takeaways from a recent visit and what considerations the company leaders had - from the availability of assets and support ecosystem to the quality of life offered by the local community.
CERC’s Municipal Services Team has been working with the Town of Clinton for about a year and half on both planning and implementation of a variety of different economic development projects. One of the tasks I have taken on is working with the Economic Development Commission to coordinate quarterly gatherings of the town’s hospitality and tourism businesses. These meetings allow the EDC to solicit feedback on ways they might be able to best support this industry and to provide the businesses with information on helpful resources.
In this episode of CERCONOMY, and as a follow-up on his recent blog post, CERC Municipal Services Consultant Kevin Bielmeier shares a recap of the Connecticut Conference on Tourism, and the major economic impacts that the industry provides for the state. Kevin showcases the work being done in Clinton, Connecticut, and how the town is approaching their tourism and hospitality industries as strategic drivers of local economic development.
With the 2019 Travelers Championship kicking off tournament play today, CERC’s Vice President of Research, Alissa DeJonge, welcomes guest Nathan Grube, the Tournament Director, to uncover interesting facts and statistics about Connecticut’s largest sporting event.