AdvanceCT’s Municipal Services Team has been working with the Town of Clinton for about a year and half on both planning and implementation of a variety of different economic development projects. One of the tasks I have taken on is working with the Economic Development Commission to coordinate quarterly gatherings of the town’s hospitality and tourism businesses. These meetings allow the EDC to solicit feedback on ways they might be able to best support this industry and to provide the businesses with information on helpful resources.
In this episode of CERCONOMY, and as a follow-up on his recent blog post, AdvanceCT Municipal Services Consultant Kevin Bielmeier shares a recap of the Connecticut Conference on Tourism, and the major economic impacts that the industry provides for the state. Kevin showcases the work being done in Clinton, Connecticut, and how the town is approaching their tourism and hospitality industries as strategic drivers of local economic development.
Courtney Hendricson, Vice President of Municipal Services, and Alissa DeJonge, Vice President of Research sat down to share trends and findings from an economic outlook recently presented for the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities.
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.
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?
With the growth of home-based businesses, not only in Connecticut but across the country, towns and cities are seeking new ways to support the entrepreneurs - very smallest businesses - in their communities. In this episode of CERCONOMY, Courtney Hendricson, Vice President of Municipal Services, highlights key points presented at the recent workshop she led for the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities on business creation, and shares how municipalities can build in business creation into their economic development efforts.
Courtney Hendricson, AdvanceCT’s Vice President of Municipal Services, attended the recent Yale Economic Development Symposium, a full-day event hosted by the Yale School of Management’s Economic Development Club.
Adriane Jefferson of the Connecticut Office of the Arts joins AdvanceCT’s Kevin Bielmeier to discuss the major economic impact that the arts have in Connecticut as well as share information on how the office supports the arts infrastructure. Listen to learn more about the fellowship programs, grants, and initiatives that are available to support and promote the arts in the state.
AdvanceCT’s Municipal Services and Research teams are currently working with the Town of Windham to put together a plan for starting a financial literacy center. While we are not yet sure what it will look like, I have been doing research on best practices from around the country, and all the evidence shows that financial literacy incredibly important for strong economic and community development.