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Creative Financing for Small Business

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Small business entrepreneurs are the engine that powers economic development across Connecticut’s communities.  In this episode of CERCONOMY, Mark Cousineau, the president of Community Investment Corporation, joins CERC’s Erron Smith to share how CIC Lending provides creative financing options to small business borrowers, and is an agent for economic development in Connecticut.

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Preparing for Opportunity Zones Investment

What can towns and cities in Connecticut do now to achieve the best results with Opportunity Zones? As the program evolves, now is the time for the 27 Connecticut communities to prepare for and welcome the private sector investment in the 72 identified Opportunity Zone properties across the state.

Join Courtney Hendricson, CERC's VP of Municipal Services, as she walks you through the ways in which towns and cities can get ready for the investment.

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Using Survey Results to Create Impactful Outcomes

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In this episode of CERCONOMY, guest Ana Pritchard of Compass Research Solutions, joins Alissa DeJonge to discuss why organizations conduct surveys, along with the methodologies used, and how the results can be leveraged to create impactful outcomes.

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Analyzing Your Local Economy

During this episode of CERCONOMY, Alissa DeJonge, VP of Research, and Courtney Hendricson, VP of Municipal Services, sit down to recap their recent workshop, “Analyzing Your Local Economy,” hosted by the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities.

Courtney and Alissa share insights into the influences that impact the local economy, and run through the who, what, why, when, where and how of the need for and execution of an analysis, as well as the potential outcomes and benefits, and provide a deeper dive into some of the workshop audience questions and feedback.

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by Alissa DeJonge  |    |  Comments 

The 30-Second Commercial

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In this episode of CERCONOMY, Susan Powers of Sandler Training, joins Kristi Sullivan, Vice President of Marketing at CERC, to share ways to re-think the answer to the common networking question of “so, what do you do?”

Instead of focusing on the features and benefits of your offering, Susan recommends ways to connect emotionally, making it easy to start a conversation and develop a connection.  Listen for ways to help improve your 30-second commercial.

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by Kristi Sullivan  |    |  Comments 

Working the RFI Process with Site Selectors

In this third episode in the CERCONOMY series on site selectors, Erron Smith and Jessica Inacio dig deeper into the details of two recent unique RFIs and how CERC engaged with the site selectors on the potential opportunities for Connecticut.

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Taking Advantage of the Opportunity Zones Program in Connecticut

Mike Andreana, of Pullman & Comley, joins Courtney Hendricson, VP of Municipal Services, to continue the conversation on the new Opportunity Zones program and what it means for Connecticut. 2019 is a big year for the program, as work and projects need to be geared up and ready to go by the end of the year to take full advantage of the tax breaks. 

As one of the foremost experts on the topic, Mike shares a bit of background and insights into the purpose of the federal program, and talks nuts and bolts of how the program works with three main tax breaks as benefits to making investments into designated distressed Opportunity Zone areas - 72 in Connecticut and over 8,000 across the US. 

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by Courtney Hendricson  |    |  Comments 

Creating a Dialogue on Important Global Issues with the World Affairs Council of CT

In this episode, Amanda Jolly, the Program Director at the World Affairs Council of Connecticut, joins Sarah Ficenec, Ph.D., CERC's Senior Research and Policy Analyst, to discuss the CTWAC mission to promote greater knowledge and understanding of international affairs among Connecticut residents. Amanda also shares information on the upcoming 2019 Global Economic Outlook event on January 16th in Hartford.

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Analyzing Your Municipality's Fiscal Health

In Connecticut, the majority of municipalities receive 90% of their revenue from property taxes, directly affecting residents’ pocketbooks. In this latest episode of CERCONOMY, Rachel Gretencord, CERC’s Research and Fiscal Analyst, joins Alissa DeJonge, Vice President of Research to discuss how the fiscal health of Connecticut’s municipalities directly affect the quality of life for its residents, and to share information on a new product that CERC has developed to help towns determine their fiscal health, and analyze it over time, leading to better short and long-term spending decisions.

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by Alissa DeJonge  |    |  Comments 

We Heart Data

CT Data Collaborative

In this episode, Michelle Riordan-Nold, Executive Director of the CT Data Collaborative joins Alissa DeJonge, CERC’s Vice President of Research to share information about the organization’s mission, and news about their role as the Connecticut State Census Data Center. 

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by Alissa DeJonge  |    |  Comments