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CERC Town Profiles™ and Data Accessbility

CERC Town Profiles™ are a resource for many - entrepreneurs looking to determine markets and how to grow their business, real estate professionals who need to portray a region, municipalities conducting strategic planning and updates to plans of conservation and development, economic development professionals preparing context for grant and other funding requests, and the general public who are interested in learning more about their current or potential hometown.  

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by Alissa DeJonge  |    |  Comments 

The Future of Building

Sometimes economic forces and trends come together in interesting ways, and at CERC we are always on the lookout for these types of developments. One such technology came to my attention recently, and I was intrigued to find out more about WikiHouse, an organization whose mission is to “put the tools and knowledge to design, manufacture and assemble beautiful, low-cost, low-carbon buildings into the hands of every citizen, community and business.”

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by Patricia McLaughlin  |    |  Comments 

Outlook 2020 - Leveraging Global Economic Trends for Local Impact

After a period of steady growth, we’re starting to see signs of a slow down as the economy begins to return to a more baseline level of growth.  Factors such as the diminishing effects of the temporary boost from the 2017 tax changes, as well as slowing in the manufacturing sector due to prolonged uncertainty with trade and tariffs, have a different economic outlook going into 2020.

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by Rachel Gretencord  |    |  Comments 

Town Profiles: 2019 Updates Now Online

map of Connecticut

While CERC offers a wide range of services, one of our most well-known and popular offerings are the CERC Town Profiles. Covering all 169 municipalities in Connecticut, the Town Profiles offer the reader a nuanced view of the economic and demographic characteristics of each municipality, including information such as population, major employers, education, fiscal issues, labor force and housing.

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by Rachel Gretencord  |    |  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 

Business Contributions to the Economy

Businesses provide numerous benefits to an economy in the form of products and services for use by society, tax revenues to governments, payroll to employees, and innovations, among others. Businesses range in type from sole proprietors to multi-national conglomerates.

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by Alissa DeJonge  |    |  Comments 

Modern Economic Development with a Focus on Inclusivity

In years past, economic development focused primarily on job creation and GDP growth as ways to measure progress. While these are still important measures, modern economic development practices have expanded to include a focus on inclusivity—making sure that economic benefits and an improved standard of living accrue to residents across the spectrum, and not just to those in select categories.

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by Rachel Gretencord  |    |  Comments