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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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by Sarah Ficenec, Ph.D.  |    |  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 

Curious George Learns About the Transforming Retail Industry

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This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending the musical Curious George and The Golden Meatball at Playhouse on Park in West Hartford. Based on the books by Margaret and H.A. Rey, this live performance about a mischievous monkey had my son, husband, and I laughing and clapping the whole time.

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by Alissa DeJonge  |    |  Comments 

The Influences, Impacts, and Implications for the CT Energy Market

Energy CERCONOMY

As a follow-up to her recent presentation to the Connecticut Power & Energy Society’s 2018 Conference, Alissa DeJonge, CERC’s Vice President of Research, shares findings and considerations for the Connecticut energy sector in this episode of CERCONOMY. 

Reviewing the influences, impacts, and implications of the state’s population, demographics, and other major state industries on the Connecticut energy sector, Alissa’s perspectives on the energy industry consider the new energy choices that both businesses and residents have, and the affect they are having on the energy market.

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by Alissa DeJonge  |    |  Comments 

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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On the Way to Recovery

Lehman Brothers, a name that had almost disappeared over the past many years, is suddenly being heard of again - in news, radios, even on YouTube videos. It has been 10 years since the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy that demarcated the start of the most severe economic recession in decades. Looking back at 2008 compared to the current healthy national employment rates and strong market reports, we cannot help but feel glad that we have moved on.

As with the rest of the nation, Connecticut has been through a tough 10-year period. Has Connecticut climbed out the shadow of the recession? Has the economy recovered for households in Connecticut? The answer is mixed.

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by Mia Ying  |    |  Comments 

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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Using a Fiscal Health Analysis to Support the Municipal Budgeting Process

The decline in property values after 2008 created remarkable challenges for Connecticut municipalities, which rely heavily on property taxes to fund local government. Many towns receive over 90% of their revenue from property tax; yet between 2008 and 2016, only 8 of the 169 municipalities experienced an increase in their real (inflation-adjusted) net grand list—which means the vast majority of Connecticut’s towns have experienced an erosion of purchasing power over the last several years. At the same time, budget issues at the state level have resulted in declining aid to municipalities, and other trends such as demographic shifts and regional economic conditions may impact local fiscal performance over the longer term.

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by Rachel Gretencord  |    |  Comments 

Exploring Economic Indicators

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In this episode of CERCONOMY, CERC's Vice President of Research, Alissa DeJonge, is joined by members of the Research department - Moshi Ying, Rachel Gretencord, and Sarah Ficenec - to discuss the economic indicators that are most important in their work, and what each means for the Connecticut economy.

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by Alissa DeJonge  |    |  Comments 

How Issues Influence the Connecticut Vote

Next Tuesday is Primary Day in Connecticut. As Connecticut residents, we should get out and express our preference for who should represent us in the U.S. Congress, the General Assembly, and as governor for the next few years.

Last quarter, the InformCT Consumer Confidence Survey included a question asking respondents to identify how various issues influence their votes for Congress, GA, and Governor. They were asked whether each issue – including taxes, climate change, and education – was very important, somewhat important, etc. when voting.

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by Sarah Ficenec, Ph.D.  |    |  Comments