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Streamlining the Land Use Regulatory Process

As developers and applicants look fondly on municipalities that are streamlined and able to get development up and running quickly, the question for towns and cities becomes, how do our local land use policies incentivize and streamline economic development projects?  And how does this affect the reputation of our community in the eyes of potential developers and applicants?

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Working Together to Find Inventive Solutions

Wanted to share a recent success story – from our work for the Town of Seymour – that underscores the positive economic outcomes that happen when town, state, and private partners work together to find inventive solutions.

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The Anatomy of an Incubator

Bourough 496 is a new business incubator in Hamden, supporting small businesses and serving as a regional asset for innovation as well as a productive institution in a critical neighborhood.

In this episode of CERCONOMY, AdvanceCT’s Vice President of Municipal Services, Courtney Hendricson, is joined by Dale Kroop, the Director of Economic Development and Neighborhood Revitalization for Hamden - and the mastermind behind the new incubator. 

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Gaining Leadership Skills

 

In January 2019, I started participating in the Quest Program through Leadership Greater Hartford (LGH). LGH is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing leadership training for a number of demographic cohorts located within the Greater Hartford area. Quest is a program targeted at mid-career professionals that includes monthly workshops on a number of leadership-related topics and a “capstone” type project in a sub-group that takes on a particular issue facing the Greater Hartford area. Last week marked my final workshop, with my project presentation and graduation coming in October.

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The Role of Volunteers in Economic Development

What is economic development and why should you care?  As a resident or business owner in your town, you have the opportunity to impact the economic development decisions that not only affect the fiscal health of your town, but also the overall character of your community.

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The Fed Listens: Finding Value in Listening

You’ve likely heard the adage: “there’s a reason we have two ears and one mouth,” emphasizing the importance of listening over speaking in communication. We live in a time with more messaging aimed at us than ever before. According to Seth Horowitz, an auditory neuroscientist from Brown University, “Listening is a skill we’re in danger of losing in a world of digital distractions and information overload.”

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by Kevin Bielmeier  |    |  Comments 

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 AdvanceCT 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 AdvanceCT’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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