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Preparing for Success in Economic Development

I recently attended the Governor’s Economic Development Forum where a nationally-renowned site selection consultant discussed the top factors that company executives evaluate when choosing a locale for the relocation or expansion of their business:

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Achieving Municipal Economic Development Goals

We recently sent a letter to all of the senior level decision makers in cities and towns across Connecticut to let them know as municipal budget time approaches, CERC would like to help you achieve your economic development goals in the coming year.

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Capturing the Millennial Population

Throughout January, I attended several 2018 economic forecast presentations, and a challenge for Connecticut that was mentioned at each one is the difficulty that many towns have in growing their populations of young professionals. I continually hear about the number of jobs that are open for millennials as the existing workforce ages, while it seems like many of these young adults are leaving the state without giving it a second thought. From what I can tell about the national economy, an abundance of jobs is not unique to Connecticut, so leaders at the state and local levels must work to develop a culture that is more attractive to this generation and which builds upon those employment opportunities.

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New Year, New Focus on Fiscal Health for Municipalities

2018 will be an exciting one for CERC’s Municipal Services. We ended 2017 by giving a great workshop at the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM)’s annual conference at Foxwoods where we talked with elected officials and key municipal staff about our free Fundamentals of Municipal Training workshop and our popular second phase, CERC’s patented self-assessment, that towns and cities are taking to focus on economic development priorities that will really move the needle in their community.
United Illuminating has generously provided CERC’s Municipal Services with a grant to conduct these self-assessments in 15 of the communities it serves.

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From Eyesore to Opportunity

One of the most rewarding projects that I have been engaged in recently is the demolition and redevelopment of the site of the former Somersville Mill in the Town of Somers.  To give some background, Somers was a thriving industrial community during the 19th and 20th Centuries and was home to the Somersville Mill textile plant for over one hundred years during this period.  When the mill closed in the 1980s, the building was left abandoned and became an eyesore that was a frequent topic of frustration among residents. 

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Interning with Municipal Services at CERC

Working in the Municipal Services Department at CERC this summer has been an amazing learning experience and has allowed me to engage in work that I am truly passionate about.  I was able to grow relationships with local government officials, develop a deeper understanding of economic development strategies for municipalities, and hone my proposal and grant writing skills.  I feel very fortunate to be working in a position that provides me so much personal satisfaction and one that allows me to give back to the state that I love.  

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Beyond Fundamentals of Economic Development

CERC has been in almost 60 towns around Connecticut with our Fundamentals of Economic Development “101” workshop over the last three years. This has been such a great opportunity for towns to bring together their economic development team and begin the discussion of where they would like to focus their collective efforts.

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Exploring Non-Traditional Funding Methods for Connecticut Municipalities

Connecticut State Capitol, North Side © Todd C. via Wikimedia Commons

 

After graduating with my Master’s in Public Administration from UCONN in May, I transitioned to CERC’s Municipal Services Department from the Research Department.  Local economic development is my career interest, so I am thrilled to be in this new role.  Naturally, I have immersed myself in the successes and challenges of Connecticut’s municipalities.  Through interactions with elected officials, town employees, and residents, I have quickly noticed the negative impact the uncertain fiscal situation at the state level is having on municipalities’ abilities to provide services to their residents and move forward with projects that could bring growth.  While towns should be working to build revenue and improve quality of life more now than ever, they are forced to delay these decisions as they expect to take on an additional, significant financial burden when the state budget is finalized.

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