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CT DEEP - Brownfields Remediation

CT DEEP Brownfields

With Connecticut's rich industrial history comes a rather extensive inventory of brownfields for property owners and municipalities to reckon with. The Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection's Mark Lewis is our guest on this episode and discusses the services he and his team provide to oversee the investigation and remediation of Connecticut's brownfield sites to reclaim, redevelop properties and encourage economic development.

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Planting Seeds for Your Town's Economic Development Future

Have you been suffering from allergies like me over the last few weeks? Seems spring has sprung overnight! The flowers are blooming and the grass is greener each day. What economic development seeds did you plant this last year to ensure these fully formed flowers that we’re seeing now?

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Business Creation: Supporting Entrepreneurs in Our Communities

With the growth of home-based businesses, not only in Connecticut but across the country, towns and cities are seeking new ways to support the entrepreneurs - very smallest businesses - in their communities. In this episode of CERCONOMY, Courtney Hendricson, Vice President of Municipal Services, highlights key points presented at the recent workshop she led for the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities on business creation, and shares how municipalities can build in business creation into their economic development efforts.

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The Importance of the Arts to the State's Economy

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Adriane Jefferson of the Connecticut Office of the Arts joins CERC’s Kevin Bielmeier to discuss the major economic impact that the arts have in Connecticut as well as share information on how the office supports the arts infrastructure. Listen to learn more about the fellowship programs, grants, and initiatives that are available to support and promote the arts in the state.

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Financial Literacy as an Economic Development Tool

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CERC’s Municipal Services and Research teams are currently working with the Town of Windham to put together a plan for starting a financial literacy center. While we are not yet sure what it will look like, I have been doing research on best practices from around the country, and all the evidence shows that financial literacy incredibly important for strong economic and community development.

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Takeaways from the IEDC Leadership Summit

Courtney Hendricson, the Vice President of Municipal Services, recently attended the IEDC Leadership Summit in Florida and in this episode, she provides an overview of the high-value presentations and panels that she attended.

From the South Florida regional focus on business recruitment in the tech area, to infrastructure quality serving as a catalyst for industry clusters, to reverse engineering for workforce development, Courtney shares her takeaways from the summit and ideas on new ways to think about local economic development.

 

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The Creative Economy

Photo courtesy of the Wadsworth Atheneum.

A treasure worth being discovered and nurtured within each of Connecticut’s communities are its artists. Each provide a unique perspective of their locale, with works that may be rightly displayed as homegrown. Too often the arts are considered something that requires a cost to the community: a line item in the budget, with little thought of the return. But the returns can be significant.

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by Kevin Bielmeier  |    |  Comments