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Choosing Connecticut’s Opportunity Zones

Twenty-seven communities in Connecticut have federally-designated Opportunity Zones - a unique tax incentive program and economic development tool to benefit economically-distressed communities. 

In this episode of CERCONOMY, Kristi Sullivan, AdvanceCT’s Vice President of Marketing, is joined by David Kooris, Deputy Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, to discuss the efforts that Connecticut is undertaking to support the 72 Opportunity Zones here in the state.

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Demystifying Connecticut's Procurement Process

The Department of Administrative Services is a shared support service area for all executive branch state agencies… and then some. As the primary procurement division, human resources agency, and construction services for the state, DAS wears many hats.

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Working Toward the Goal of Women's Economic Equity with the WBDC

In 2017, Connecticut had 113,100 women-owned business, employing over 95,000 people and garnering $16.5 billing in annual revenue. And the Hartford region was recently ranked as 4th in the nation among metropolitan areas with the most female entrepreneurs. Much of this success is owed to the Women’s Business Development Council, a 22-year old organization dedicated to assisting women entrepreneurs launch and scale their businesses.

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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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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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Blending Media into Your Marketing Mix

The media landscape has changed significantly over the years, and the process of securing advertising in print publications such as newspapers and magazines, on the radio, and on TV, has been impacted. However, a strategic approach to integrating traditional advertising methods into your marketing plan, along with new experiential and hands-on approaches, can reach diverse audiences and pay dividends you may not expect.

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Doing Business with Public Entities

In this episode of CERCONOMY, Beth Wallace, AdvanceCT’s Director of Business Services welcomes Frank Dixon, the interim director of the Connecticut Procurement Technical Assistance Center, or CT PTAC. PTAC is a free, statewide program providing assistance to Connecticut businesses interested in selling goods and services to federal, state, or local governments.

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Supporting Entrepreneurial Women

In this episode of CERCONOMY, Beth Wallace, AdvanceCT’s Director of Business Services welcomes Milena Erwin, the Program Manager of the Women's Business Center at the University of Hartford's Entrepreneurial Center. The Women's Business Center specializes in working with women to launch new businesses or grow established ones.

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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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