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Tiny Houses and Granny Pods - What They Mean for Municipal Land Use Planners

Tiny House

Popular in California and the Pacific Northwest where we see high population growth and prohibitive real estate prices, the fastest adopters of the tiny house movement are millennials, who are trying to establish their own space, and baby boomers / early empty-nesters that are looking to downsize.  Here in Connecticut, tiny homes are more of a curiosity or novelty, and come with complications, in part due to municipal zoning regulations. 

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by Courtney Hendricson  |    |  Comments 

Global Economic and Industry Trends: What do They Mean on a Municipal Level?

Global trends municipal level

We keep hearing that Connecticut’s industries are changing – manufacturing is becoming more automated, retail is changing as goods are delivered to our doorsteps, healthcare is the fastest growing industry nationwide -- and these trends hold true here in our state. Add tariffs, global economic softening and international political turmoil and most of our community leaders are overwhelmed, to say the least. What can they do locally about any of this? Why should it matter to any of our municipal leaders?

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by Courtney Hendricson  |    |  Comments 

Streamlining the Land Use Regulatory Process

As developers and applicants look fondly on municipalities that are streamlined and able to get development up and running quickly, the question for towns and cities becomes, how do our local land use policies incentivize and streamline economic development projects?  And how does this affect the reputation of our community in the eyes of potential developers and applicants?

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Working Together to Find Inventive Solutions

Wanted to share a recent success story – from our work for the Town of Seymour – that underscores the positive economic outcomes that happen when town, state, and private partners work together to find inventive solutions.

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by Sadie Colcord  |    |  Comments 

The Anatomy of an Incubator

Bourough 496 is a new business incubator in Hamden, supporting small businesses and serving as a regional asset for innovation as well as a productive institution in a critical neighborhood.

In this episode of CERCONOMY, CERC’s Vice President of Municipal Services, Courtney Hendricson, is joined by Dale Kroop, the Director of Economic Development and Neighborhood Revitalization for Hamden - and the mastermind behind the new incubator. 

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Gaining Leadership Skills

 

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.

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by Sadie Colcord  |    |  Comments 

The Role of Volunteers in Economic Development

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.

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by Sadie Colcord  |    |  Comments 

The Fed Listens: Finding Value in Listening

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.”

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by Kevin Bielmeier  |    |  Comments 

Gathering Input from Your Community - How Municipalities Can Leverage Surveys

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.

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by Courtney Hendricson  |    |  Comments