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Gathering Input from Your Community - How Municipalities Can Leverage Surveys

When towns and cities want to learn more about resident viewpoints on timely topics or the needs of the business community, conducting a survey can be a time and resource efficient option.  In this episode of CERCONOMY, Alissa DeJonge, Vice President of Research, sits down with Courtney Hendricson, Vice President of Municipal Services to discuss the various types of surveys that municipalities can conduct to elicit feedback, and gather the data needed to make informed decisions.

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The RFQ/RFP Process for Municipal Development

In this latest episode of CERCONOMY, Courtney Hendricson and Sadie Colcord of the CERC Municipal Services team discuss the municipal RFP/RFQ process when towns are looking to develop town-owned properties. After a primer on the difference between a RFQ and RFP, and using the example of CERC’s recent work with the town of Vernon to market the redevelopment of several large mill buildings, Sadie shares how the collaboration created a RFQ that aligns with the town’s vision for the site and the best outcome for the community. 

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COST: Connecticut Council of Small Towns

COST: Connecticut Council of Small Towns

The Connecticut Council of Small Towns (COST) is a member-driven organization committed to providing our smaller communities with a strong voice in the legislative process. Betsy Gara, COST's Executive Director, sat down with CERC to provide us with an overview of the grassroots organization and how it serves the state's 142 smaller communities through meetings and events, municipal resources, and a legislative center - a valuable online tool for tracking legislation relevant to the state's municipalities.

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Connecticut Brownfields Initiative

Connecticut Brownfields Initiative

As part of the UCONN School of Engineering, the Connecticut Brownfields Initiative is a dedicated, engaged coalition of industry, academia, community, and government partners focused on the remediation of Connecticut's brownfield - benefitting community development and environmental quality.

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CEDAS: Connecticut Economic Development Association

CEDAS

CEDAS, or the Connecticut Economic Development Association, is a non-profit committed to the advancement of the practice of economic development within the state of Connecticut. The president, Garrett Sheehan, is our guest on this episode to share how the member-based organization provides a forum for the community through networking and the exchange of ideas among economic development professionals; organizes and sponsors educational programs and seminars; and proposes and supports legislation to improve the Connecticut economy.

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CT DEEP - Brownfields Remediation

CT DEEP Brownfields

With Connecticut's rich industrial history comes a rather extensive inventory of brownfields for property owners and municipalities to reckon with. The Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection's Mark Lewis is our guest on this episode and discusses the services he and his team provide to oversee the investigation and remediation of Connecticut's brownfield sites to reclaim, redevelop properties and encourage economic development.

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CT Main Street Center

CT Main Street Center

Kicking off International Economic Development Week, Patrick McMahon, President & CEO of CT Main Street Center, sat down to talk with CERC about the organization's mission and how CMSC works at both the state and local level to create and implement successful downtowns that meet the needs of residents and visitors.

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Planting Seeds for Your Town's Economic Development Future

Have you been suffering from allergies like me over the last few weeks? Seems spring has sprung overnight! The flowers are blooming and the grass is greener each day. What economic development seeds did you plant this last year to ensure these fully formed flowers that we’re seeing now?

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