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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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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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The Impact of Connecticut's Largest Sporting Event

With the 2019 Travelers Championship kicking off tournament play today, CERC’s Vice President of Research, Alissa DeJonge, welcomes guest Nathan Grube, the Tournament Director, to uncover interesting facts and statistics about Connecticut’s largest sporting event.

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Everyday Activities Influence Connecticut's Economy

Now that schools around the state are finishing up the academic year and the first day of summer is tomorrow, it’s time to think about recreation and outdoor fun. However, every activity that we enjoy also has an effect on the economy. From movies to museums, and from beaches to boutiques, every purchase we make is a bonus to the tourism industry.

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Global Industry Trends Effects on Local Connecticut Economy

In this episode, Alissa DeJonge and Courtney Hendricson sit down to share highlights from the recent workshop that they led, hosted by the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities, on how global and national trends are affecting Connecticut’s economy and real estate markets, and how uncertainty has implications for businesses and residents.

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The Transforming Retail Industry

Published in Connecticut Planning Magazine
A publication of the American Planning Association, Connecticut Chapter

 

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The retail industry has gone through a substantial transformation over the past decade, and it continues to evolve. Brick and mortar stores still dominate retail sales transactions. However, they are under siege from online competition, causing them to adopt strategies that involve creating unique customer experiences and making customer purchases easier. At the same time, the online threat is evolving; online stores are also working to increase market share, improve the customer experience, and increase profitability. Online retailers are looking for ways to offer more personalized assistance to shoppers, as a way to increase sales, and also decrease the amount of returns.

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Industries in Transition

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While preparing an economic outlook for a recent edition of the Connecticut Economic Digest, Alissa DeJonge, CERC’s Vice President of Research, investigated global and national trends focused on several industries that are in transition - and what these changes mean for Connecticut’s economy and business sectors.

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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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