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The Nonprofit Sector's Impact on the Connecticut Economy

In this episode of CERCONOMY, Alissa DeJonge recaps a recent presentation she gave for the Connecticut Alliance of Nonprofits at their annual conference. In addition to looking at some overall macroeconomic figures, Alissa shares data on the nonprofit sector’s impact on many different levels, and all the ways that it helps the Connecticut economy.

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by Alissa DeJonge  |    |  Comments 

Municipal Websites: What to do Before Your Redesign

In this episode of CERCONOMY, CERC's VP of Marketing is joined by CERC's Marketing Consultant, Rebecca Mead, to discuss action steps to take before a municipality - or any organization for that matter - begins the process of the design and development of a new website.  

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by Kristi Sullivan  |    |  Comments 

Housing as a Component of Economic Development

In this episode of CERCONOMY, VP of Municipal Services, Courtney Hendricson, and President & CEO Bob Santy, discuss the topic of housing as a critical component of local economic development - a follow-up to their presentation at the Connecticut Housing Coalition Conference.

With populations changing, municipalities need to consider the importance of housing to local economic development. Housing makes up approximately 70% of a town's assets, and town services are supported by property taxes, so it is critical that municipalities take a more inclusive approach and make investments where the demands are.

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A New Model of Business Retention & Expansion

In this episode of CERCONOMY, Courtney Hendricson and Kevin Bielmeier follow up on Kevin's recent blog post, "Economic Development is a Contact Sport," discussing business retention and expansion best practices, and how a regional approach to solving workforce issues is taking flight.

Listen to learn about a new model of supportive services being provided to two neighboring Connecticut towns to grow and attract businesses. 

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Cohousing Communities: Can Connecticut Benefit?

In this episode of the CERCONOMY podcast, Alissa DeJonge, CERC's VP of Research, is joined by Patricia McLaughlin, our Governance and Research Analyst, to discuss cohousing - planned communities of private homes clustered around shared space. Cohousing combines private homes with benefits of shared common facilities such as laundry facilities, recreational areas, and guest suites.  This structure affords the opportunity for residents to age in place, and is a more sustainable approach to living.

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by Alissa DeJonge  |    |  Comments 

LaunchEZ: Connecting Entrepreneurs with the Best Matched Resources

In this episode, Beth Wallace, CERC's Director of Business Services, is joined by Tim Laubacher, the owner of Sound Web Solutions and developer of the LaunchEZ platform, a tool for entrepreneurs in Connecticut. Listen to learn more about the platform's benefits for entrepreneurs and new businesses, as well as how partner organizations from across the state can receive exposure to an ever expanding audience of the entrepreneurial community.

To register for an upcoming road show event, please visit http://www.launchez.com/road-show. To add your organization as a resource provider, follow these directions http://www.launchez.com/How-To-Add

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by Beth Wallace  |    |  Comments 

Global to Local: Welcoming International Investments in Your Community

In this episode of CERCONOMY, Courtney Hendricson and Jason Giulietti share the concept of Global to Local, and how CERC partners with the CT Department of Economic and Community Development to attract international investment to the state.  Learn ways that your municipality and economic development commission can prepare to successfully attract and welcome new companies to your community.

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by Courtney Hendricson  |    |  Comments 

Streamlining the Land-Use Regulatory Process

More important than any incentive or other financial benefit, a predictable and consistent land use process is what will help your town translate development proposals into real tax-paying projects that improve the town’s business community, as well as motivate residents and businesses to expand and renovate their properties.

Join CERC’s VP of Municipal Services, Courtney Hendricson, on this episode of CERCONOMY to understand how the most important component for a land-use regulatory process to function successfully is that the process be predictable and consistent.

Download the checklist we use as part of the municipal self-assessment and benchmark your land-use regulatory process. 

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by Courtney Hendricson  |    |  Comments 

Municipal Marketing

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In this episode of CERCONOMY, Courtney Hendricson is joined by Kristi Sullivan, CERC's VP of Marketing, to discuss the important facets of building a marketing plan for your municipality, and shares a review of a recent marketing project completed for the town of Washington, Connecticut.

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by Kristi Sullivan  |    |  Comments