In January 2019, I started participating in the Quest Program through Leadership Greater Hartford (LGH). LGH is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing leadership training for a number of demographic cohorts located within the Greater Hartford area. Quest is a program targeted at mid-career professionals that includes monthly workshops on a number of leadership-related topics and a “capstone” type project in a sub-group that takes on a particular issue facing the Greater Hartford area. Last week marked my final workshop, with my project presentation and graduation coming in October.
What is economic development and why should you care? As a resident or business owner in your town, you have the opportunity to impact the economic development decisions that not only affect the fiscal health of your town, but also the overall character of your community.
You’ve likely heard the adage: “there’s a reason we have two ears and one mouth,” emphasizing the importance of listening over speaking in communication. We live in a time with more messaging aimed at us than ever before. According to Seth Horowitz, an auditory neuroscientist from Brown University, “Listening is a skill we’re in danger of losing in a world of digital distractions and information overload.”
When towns and cities want to learn more about resident viewpoints on timely topics or the needs of the business community, conducting a survey can be a time and resource efficient option.In this episode of CERCONOMY, Alissa DeJonge, Vice President of Research, sits down with Courtney Hendricson, Vice President of Municipal Services to discuss the various types of surveys that municipalities can conduct to elicit feedback, and gather the data needed to make informed decisions.
In this latest episode of CERCONOMY, Courtney Hendricson and Sadie Colcord of the CERC Municipal Services team discuss the municipal RFP/RFQ process when towns are looking to develop town-owned properties. After a primer on the difference between a RFQ and RFP, and using the example of CERC’s recent work with the town of Vernon to market the redevelopment of several large mill buildings, Sadie shares how the collaboration created a RFQ that aligns with the town’s vision for the site and the best outcome for the 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.
Courtney Hendricson, Vice President of Municipal Services, and Alissa DeJonge, Vice President of Research sat down to share trends and findings from an economic outlook recently presented for the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities.