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Creating Experience

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.

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Certified Sites and Location Readiness

In recent weeks, I’ve had many conversations with corporate location advisory consultants canvasing a variety of topics that range from the role of incentives and the impact they can have on a project, to infrastructure improvements and initiatives that focus on labor force pipeline and skills training.
Regardless of what the project scope demanded operationally, there was rarely an instance in which a location was chosen after having failed to showcase an ability to service the project’s short-term and long-term feasibility standards.

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Beyond the Basics: The New Considerations in Location Decisions

Beyond the Basics: The New Considerations in Location Decisions

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.

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Quality of Life is Back

Quality of Life

In today's world, multi-family development and residential housing options across the United States are becoming as important in the corporate site selection process as workforce availability and incentives. 

There was a period in time when multi-family communal area amenities may have consisted of a small fitness center, a laundry room, and maybe a pool; and that would've been sufficient for prospective tenants.  This is no longer the case in 2019. 

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Bringing the World to Connecticut

As New CERC continues to gain momentum and vision through new board members and partners, we in business recruitment remain engaged in our attraction efforts, consistently working to identify German companies looking to enter the U.S. market.

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The Transfer Act's Unintended Economic Effects

The Connecticut Transfer Act was established in 1985 with an overarching purpose to address hazardous waste sites in a manner that would ensure environmental clean up, and protect the health and safety of residents. An admirable goal, the scope of the Transfer Act is very broad and can potentially affect any commercial property and even some residential properties across the state. 

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Working the RFI Process with Site Selectors

In this third episode in the CERCONOMY series on site selectors, Erron Smith and Jessica Inacio dig deeper into the details of two recent unique RFIs and how CERC engaged with the site selectors on the potential opportunities for Connecticut.

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Economic Development is Collaborative Beyond All Else

Last month I had the pleasure of participating in the University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute, my first week-long course toward attaining my CEcD certification. The CEcD, or Certified Economic Developer program, is an intensive program requiring 117 credit hours for completion, followed by an exam.

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