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Choosing Connecticut's Opportunity Zones

Twenty-seven communities within Connecticut have federally-designated Opportunity Zones - a unique tax incentive program and economic development tool to benefit economically-distressed communities. In this episode, Kristi Sullivan, CERC’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. As part of these efforts, DECD will be hosting a conference October 30th in New Haven to bring together real estate developers, property owners, fund managers and investors, attorneys, accounting professionals, and economic development professionals for a day filled with panel discussions, interactive discussions and networking to inform stakeholders about business opportunities and how to leverage local assets and resources to take advantage of some of Connecticut’s best investment opportunities.

13 MIN4 days ago
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Choosing Connecticut's Opportunity Zones

CERCONOMY: 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. In this episode of CERCONOMY, Carol Wilson, the Director of Procurement for the Department of Administrative Services joins Beth Wallace, CERC’s Director of Business Services, to shed light on many of the programs administered by the agency and discusses the procurement process - what Connecticut businesses need to know to participate on the state contracting portal and bid on public contracts.

26 MIN1 weeks ago
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CERCONOMY: Demystifying Connecticut's Procurement Process

CERCONOMY: 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. Listen as Fran Pastore, the President and CEO of the Women’s Business Development Council talks with Beth Wallace, CERC’s Director of Business Services, about the genesis of the WBDC, their on-going mission to develop economic equity for women, and the services they provide to champion female entrepreneurs.

13 MIN1 weeks ago
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CERCONOMY: Working Toward the Goal of Women's Economic Equity with the WBDC

CERCONOMY: 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. Listen as Alissa and Courtney share ideas for municipalities considering the process, and examples of towns that worked with CERC to develop and conduct resident and business community surveys, and how the information was beneficial for planning purposes.

16 MIN3 weeks ago
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CERCONOMY: Gathering Input from Your Community - How Municipalities Can Leverage Surveys

CERCONOMY: 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. Listen as Dr. Jeffrey Thompson, the Director of the New England Public Policy Center and Alissa DeJonge, CERC’S Vice President of Research, discuss the report’s key findings, how the epidemic affects the New England economy and policy responses to the growing crisis. https://www.bostonfed.org/publications/new-england-public-policy-center-policy-report/2019/exploring-causes-of-and-responses-to-the-opioid-epidemic-in-new-england.aspx

25 MINAUG 15
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CERCONOMY: Economic Effects of the Opioid Crisis in New England

CERCONOMY: 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. In this episode, Kristi Sullivan, CERC’s VP of Marketing sits down with Barbara Campbell of Marketing Partners Media, to talk about the importance of planning and the creative ways to integrate both traditional - and new approaches - into your marketing mix, strategically tailored for your unique situation and goals.

12 MINAUG 8
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CERCONOMY: Blending Media into Your Marketing Mix

CERCONOMY: Help for Doing Business with Public Entities

In this episode of CERCONOMY, Beth Wallace, CERC’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. Listen as Frank and Beth discuss how business can become involved with PTAC, the types of assistance the organization provides, and how Connecticut businesses can identify, compete for, and win governmental contracts. https://ctptac.org/

15 MINAUG 1
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CERCONOMY: Help for Doing Business with Public Entities

CERCONOMY: Supporting Entrepreneurial Women

In this episode of CERCONOMY, Beth Wallace, CERC’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. Through advising and technical assistance, training and business networking events, the center is available to help women business owners access loans and grants, write business plans, access government contracting, manage finances and develop exporting opportunities, among many critical offers. Additionally, all of the Center's services are offered free or at a low-cost, making them accessible to everyone. https://www.hartford.edu/academics/schools-colleges/barney/about/centers-and-institutes/entrepreneurial-center/default.aspx#

15 MINAUG 1
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CERCONOMY: Supporting Entrepreneurial Women

CERCONOMY: 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.

12 MINJUL 25
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CERCONOMY: The RFQ/RFP Process for Municipal Development

CERCONOMY: The Growing Shortage of Affordable Housing

Alissa DeJonge, CERC’s Vice President of Research welcomes Dr. Jeffrey Thompson, the Director of the New England Public Policy Center at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston to discuss the findings in the latest research reported in, “The Growing Shortage of Affordable Housing for the Extremely Low Income in Massachusetts.” While the report focuses on Massachusetts, Connecticut - and the new England region - are not immune, with high housing costs placing significant financial pressure on residents. A lack of affordable housing can decrease state and regional competitiveness, and have far-reaching social welfare implications for our communities - as extremely-low income households often forgo spending on healthcare, food, childcare, and other necessities, and a single financial shock can cause this group to fall behind on rent, leading to eviction, or even homelessness. The full report, authored by Nicholas Chiumenti, can be found on the NEPPC website: https://www.bostonfed.org/publications/new-england-public-policy-center-policy-report/2019/growing-shortage-affordable-housing-extremely-low-income-massachusetts.aspx

26 MINJUL 18
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CERCONOMY: The Growing Shortage of Affordable Housing

Latest Episodes

Choosing Connecticut's Opportunity Zones

Twenty-seven communities within Connecticut have federally-designated Opportunity Zones - a unique tax incentive program and economic development tool to benefit economically-distressed communities. In this episode, Kristi Sullivan, CERC’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. As part of these efforts, DECD will be hosting a conference October 30th in New Haven to bring together real estate developers, property owners, fund managers and investors, attorneys, accounting professionals, and economic development professionals for a day filled with panel discussions, interactive discussions and networking to inform stakeholders about business opportunities and how to leverage local assets and resources to take advantage of some of Connecticut’s best investment opportunities.

13 MIN4 days ago
Comments
Choosing Connecticut's Opportunity Zones

CERCONOMY: 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. In this episode of CERCONOMY, Carol Wilson, the Director of Procurement for the Department of Administrative Services joins Beth Wallace, CERC’s Director of Business Services, to shed light on many of the programs administered by the agency and discusses the procurement process - what Connecticut businesses need to know to participate on the state contracting portal and bid on public contracts.

26 MIN1 weeks ago
Comments
CERCONOMY: Demystifying Connecticut's Procurement Process

CERCONOMY: 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. Listen as Fran Pastore, the President and CEO of the Women’s Business Development Council talks with Beth Wallace, CERC’s Director of Business Services, about the genesis of the WBDC, their on-going mission to develop economic equity for women, and the services they provide to champion female entrepreneurs.

13 MIN1 weeks ago
Comments
CERCONOMY: Working Toward the Goal of Women's Economic Equity with the WBDC

CERCONOMY: 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. Listen as Alissa and Courtney share ideas for municipalities considering the process, and examples of towns that worked with CERC to develop and conduct resident and business community surveys, and how the information was beneficial for planning purposes.

16 MIN3 weeks ago
Comments
CERCONOMY: Gathering Input from Your Community - How Municipalities Can Leverage Surveys

CERCONOMY: 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. Listen as Dr. Jeffrey Thompson, the Director of the New England Public Policy Center and Alissa DeJonge, CERC’S Vice President of Research, discuss the report’s key findings, how the epidemic affects the New England economy and policy responses to the growing crisis. https://www.bostonfed.org/publications/new-england-public-policy-center-policy-report/2019/exploring-causes-of-and-responses-to-the-opioid-epidemic-in-new-england.aspx

25 MINAUG 15
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CERCONOMY: Economic Effects of the Opioid Crisis in New England

CERCONOMY: 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. In this episode, Kristi Sullivan, CERC’s VP of Marketing sits down with Barbara Campbell of Marketing Partners Media, to talk about the importance of planning and the creative ways to integrate both traditional - and new approaches - into your marketing mix, strategically tailored for your unique situation and goals.

12 MINAUG 8
Comments
CERCONOMY: Blending Media into Your Marketing Mix

CERCONOMY: Help for Doing Business with Public Entities

In this episode of CERCONOMY, Beth Wallace, CERC’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. Listen as Frank and Beth discuss how business can become involved with PTAC, the types of assistance the organization provides, and how Connecticut businesses can identify, compete for, and win governmental contracts. https://ctptac.org/

15 MINAUG 1
Comments
CERCONOMY: Help for Doing Business with Public Entities

CERCONOMY: Supporting Entrepreneurial Women

In this episode of CERCONOMY, Beth Wallace, CERC’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. Through advising and technical assistance, training and business networking events, the center is available to help women business owners access loans and grants, write business plans, access government contracting, manage finances and develop exporting opportunities, among many critical offers. Additionally, all of the Center's services are offered free or at a low-cost, making them accessible to everyone. https://www.hartford.edu/academics/schools-colleges/barney/about/centers-and-institutes/entrepreneurial-center/default.aspx#

15 MINAUG 1
Comments
CERCONOMY: Supporting Entrepreneurial Women

CERCONOMY: 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.

12 MINJUL 25
Comments
CERCONOMY: The RFQ/RFP Process for Municipal Development

CERCONOMY: The Growing Shortage of Affordable Housing

Alissa DeJonge, CERC’s Vice President of Research welcomes Dr. Jeffrey Thompson, the Director of the New England Public Policy Center at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston to discuss the findings in the latest research reported in, “The Growing Shortage of Affordable Housing for the Extremely Low Income in Massachusetts.” While the report focuses on Massachusetts, Connecticut - and the new England region - are not immune, with high housing costs placing significant financial pressure on residents. A lack of affordable housing can decrease state and regional competitiveness, and have far-reaching social welfare implications for our communities - as extremely-low income households often forgo spending on healthcare, food, childcare, and other necessities, and a single financial shock can cause this group to fall behind on rent, leading to eviction, or even homelessness. The full report, authored by Nicholas Chiumenti, can be found on the NEPPC website: https://www.bostonfed.org/publications/new-england-public-policy-center-policy-report/2019/growing-shortage-affordable-housing-extremely-low-income-massachusetts.aspx

26 MINJUL 18
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CERCONOMY: The Growing Shortage of Affordable Housing

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