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Regionalization and Collaboration in Economic Development

Posted on by Bob Santy

Hello and welcome to the March edition of the AdvanceCT e-news.

Many of you were likely at the Governor’s Economic Summit on Monday.  It was one of the best, I think, that we’ve had since Governor Malloy has been in office, with both his message, and the message from the Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth Commission.  Along with a panel discussing regionalization and collaboration in economic development, there was a workshop to talk through some of those issues.  I found that fascinating and those of you who’ve been around awhile know regionalization is something that I’ve studied and advocate.

I think the opportunity now is for us, with the cooperation of DECD at the state level, and working with regional groups and municipalities, to really pound out what the relationship is, and how we need to collaborate. We certainly need to do that on business recruitment efforts, and that is probably where we’ll start, and we may use our quarterly regional economic development meetings that we do here at AdvanceCT as the venue for some of these discussions. 

If you’re interested, please be in touch with us, we want to hear your ideas.