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Economic Effects of the Opioid Crisis in New England

From 2015 through 2017, more than 10,000 New Englanders died from opioid overdoses. To better understand the factors behind the epidemic and the extent to which the crisis affects the region, a recent report by the New England Public Policy Center of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston investigates the relationships between opioid abuse and various economic indicators in New England counties over the last two decades.

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by Alissa DeJonge  |    |  Comments 

Blending Media into Your Marketing Mix

The media landscape has changed significantly over the years, and the process of securing advertising in print publications such as newspapers and magazines, on the radio, and on TV, has been impacted. However, a strategic approach to integrating traditional advertising methods into your marketing plan, along with new experiential and hands-on approaches, can reach diverse audiences and pay dividends you may not expect.

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by Kristi Sullivan  |    |  Comments 

Supporting Entrepreneurial Women

In this episode of CERCONOMY, Beth Wallace, CERC’s Director of Business Services welcomes Milena Erwin, the Program Manager of the Women's Business Center at the University of Hartford's Entrepreneurial Center. The Women's Business Center specializes in working with women to launch new businesses or grow established ones.

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by Beth Wallace  |    |  Comments 

Doing Business with Public Entities

In this episode of CERCONOMY, Beth Wallace, CERC’s Director of Business Services welcomes Frank Dixon, the interim director of the Connecticut Procurement Technical Assistance Center, or CT PTAC. PTAC is a free, statewide program providing assistance to Connecticut businesses interested in selling goods and services to federal, state, or local governments.

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by Beth Wallace  |    |  Comments 

The RFQ/RFP Process for Municipal Development

In this latest episode of CERCONOMY, Courtney Hendricson and Sadie Colcord of the CERC Municipal Services team discuss the municipal RFP/RFQ process when towns are looking to develop town-owned properties. After a primer on the difference between a RFQ and RFP, and using the example of CERC’s recent work with the town of Vernon to market the redevelopment of several large mill buildings, Sadie shares how the collaboration created a RFQ that aligns with the town’s vision for the site and the best outcome for the community. 

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by Courtney Hendricson  |    |  Comments 

The Growing Shortage of Affordable Housing

The Growing Shortage of Affordable Housing

Alissa DeJonge, CERC’s Vice President of Research welcomes Dr. Jeffrey Thompson, the Director of the New England Public Policy Center at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston to discuss the findings in the latest research reported in, “The Growing Shortage of Affordable Housing for the Extremely Low Income in Massachusetts.”

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by Alissa DeJonge  |    |  Comments 

Applying Communication Styles for Better Marketing

Applying Communication Styles for Better Marketing

 

  • Are you struggling with communications styles among your colleagues and/or partners?
  • Are you confused with the best method to communicate with your audience?
  • Are you unsure if your marketing pitch is attracting the right clients?

In this episode of CERCONOMY, Courtney Hendricson and Kristi Sullivan share highlights from a recent Connecticut Conference of Municipalities workshop on using the DISC profile for better communications and marketing effectiveness.

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by Kristi Sullivan  |    |  Comments 

Beyond the Basics: The New Considerations in Location Decisions

Beyond the Basics: The New Considerations in Location Decisions

CERC coordinates and hosts visits by companies evaluating Connecticut as a potential location, and in this episode of CERCONOMY, Erron Smith and Jessica Inacio of the Business Recruitment team, discuss takeaways from a recent visit and what considerations the company leaders had - from the availability of assets and support ecosystem to the quality of life offered by the local community.

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by Erron Smith  |    |  Comments 

The Economics of Tourism in Connecticut

In this episode of CERCONOMY, and as a follow-up on his recent blog post, CERC Municipal Services Consultant Kevin Bielmeier shares a recap of the Connecticut Conference on Tourism, and the major economic impacts that the industry provides for the state. Kevin showcases the work being done in Clinton, Connecticut, and how the town is approaching their tourism and hospitality industries as strategic drivers of local economic development.

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by Kevin Bielmeier  |    |  Comments