Recently we’ve been out doing a lot of our municipal trainings - you know we’ve done about 90 of the trainings over the last three years - and we’re up to about half of Connecticut’s communities that have hopefully benefitted from the work we’re doing out there.
Just recently we were in a very small town - one of the smallest we’ve done with a population of about 1,700 people. A lot of the questions that came up were, “can we really do economic development when we’re so small?” Of course, we adjust what we say to communities of that size, but our answer is absolutely yes. It has got to be a very intentional activity, economic development, and it can be done by small communities as well as large, but you have to adapt what you are going to do.
Hello and welcome to the October edition of the CERC e-news. I’d like to spend a bit of time talking about our Celebrate CT! event, which is coming up on December 5th. We’re going to hold it at Infinity Hall in Hartford - and we’re moving to a new location as our old location has gotten pretty tight. We hope to have a celebration with a little different vibe, and hope that you will come and join us.
In this episode of CERCONOMY, Bob Santy shares the major takeaways from the recent conference of the International Economic Development Council and the importance for Connecticut to continue creating great places through inclusive economic development, and creating demand driven workforce development.
In this episode of CERCONOMY, Bob Santy, CERC’s President & CEO welcomes Liddy Karter, of Enhanced Capital, to discuss the new Opportunity Zone tax incentive, and what it means for Connecticut.Bob and Liddy share insights into the specifications of Opportunity Zone funds, what makes the Opportunity Zones program unique through the types of investments, and provide resources for more information.
Welcome to the September edition of the CERC e-news. As you can see, we are here today at the Connecticut Housing Coalition Annual Conference. Courtney Hendricson, our Vice President of Municipal Services and I just completed a workshop on affordable housing and its role in economic development. Our overriding premise is that demand for different housing choices is changing in Connecticut. And towns have certain issues that they face, particularly in their grand list - and the residential component of their grand list not holding up.
Hello and welcome to the August edition of the CERC e-newsletter.
This month I want to talk about Opportunity Zones.Opportunity Zones are included in the new federal tax legislation and its a new tool for economic developers to bring investment into your communities.You have to be a designated opportunity zone and there are 27 communities in Connecticut that have 72 opportunity zones.
Last month we talked a little bit about golf as we were at the Travelers Championship and this month, let me remind you all that on Monday, we’re hosting the annual CERC golf tournament - and we’re actually doing it a little differently this year.We’re having golf starting at 7:30 in the morning, and then a luncheon at 1:30 with a panel.
Well… obviously I am not in the office today.Once again, we’re at the Travelers Championship at the TPC in Cromwell. Many of you know that for the last few years, we’ve done the economic impact analysis for the tournament and we were able to announce, earlier this year, a $68 million dollar impact that this tournament has on the state’s economy. Economic impact analyses are something we do for a number of clients across the state.
Did you ever think of all the people ...and disciplines… it takes to create a successful economic development deal? Some probably don’t identify that as their occupation... land use attorney, environmental engineer, housing advocate, P&Z member, developer, owner, commercial broker, construction manager, the list goes on and on. Each of these professionals is impacting the development and therefore the character of their communities. Think of how we could improve our communities and our economic growth if we got everybody to think of themselves as a team member... we could streamline regulations, shorten the approval time, get community input in a useful manner, etc.