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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 

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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by Courtney Hendricson  |    |  Comments 

Creating Shopping Experiences

CERCONOMY Creating Retail Experiences

The retail industry is going through a remarkable transformation - in part due to technology as well as cultural and social shifts.  

In this episode of CERCONOMY, Alissa DeJonge, CERC's Vice President of Research, and Rachel Gretencord, CERC's Financial and Research Analyst, sit down to discuss the changes occurring in the retail marketplace, and what retailers need to do in order to survive - including establishing destinations where shoppers want to go and spend time - creating authentic experiences.

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by Alissa DeJonge  |    |  Comments 

Searching for Disruptive Solutions

Global industry leader, Stanley Black & Decker and Techstars, a worldwide accelerator that helps entrepreneurs succeed, have partnered to run The STANLEY+Techstars Accelerator in Hartford. Focused on additive manufacturing and sustainable packaging solutions, they search the world for established startups that are developing innovative solutions in these areas - searching for disruptive solutions in software, hardware, or materials.

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by Kristi Sullivan  |    |  Comments 

Creating Experience

Recently, Erron Smith, CERC’s Associate Director of Business Development sat down with Alissa DeJonge, Vice President of Research, to chat about a recent conference he attended - the Industrial Asset Management Council (IAMC) Professional Forum.  Held in Milwaukee, the forum brought together economic developers, service providers, and end users (companies).  As a first time visitor to Milwaukee, Erron was impressed with the city’s efforts to transform the historical industrial economy and strategically utilize the existing assets, and how Connecticut, with its similar post industrial challenges, can benefit by learning from cities like Milwaukee.

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by Erron Smith  |    |  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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by Courtney Hendricson  |    |  Comments 

The Greenwich Economic Forum

The second annual Greenwich Economic Forum will be held November 5th and 6th to convene the brightest minds in global finance, business, media and government for discussion and debate on the defining issues of our times.

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by Kristi Sullivan  |    |  Comments 

The Connecticut Summit

Hosted by The New England Real Estate Journal and sponsored by the Southeast Connecticut Enterprise Region, or seCTer, the upcoming Connecticut Summit will be held October 31st at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut.  Designed for those involved in the development business - developers, financiers, attorneys - anyone involved in major commercial development, to highlight what is going on in Connecticut and more specifically, in the Southeastern Region.

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by Kristi Sullivan  |    |  Comments 

Do Not Fear the Connecticut Tax Man

Often, new business owners are unsure of their responsibilities when it comes to collecting and reporting taxes. In this episode, Connecticut Department of Revenue Services Commissioner Scott Jackson - the state’s “Tax Man” - sits down with Beth Wallace, CERC’s Director of Business Services, to discuss the department’s role as part of a common enterprise in the state, what businesses need to do to be voluntarily compliant, and how to agency has employed process efficiencies and enhanced its technology profile to make it easier for taxpayers to receive communications, and do business with the DRS.

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by Beth Wallace  |    |  Comments