CEDAS E-News - April 2018

President's Message

As we enter the second quarter of 2018 with the weather still feeling more like a lion than a lamb, CEDAS is providing a lot of great value to our members. We enjoyed a fantastic networking event at Stonebridge in Milford last month and gained valuable insight from brownfield exports during our recent CEDAS Academy webinar. Thank you to all the members that were part of these great events.

You’ll see in this newsletter that we have a lot to come in 2018 including upcoming events in Wallingford, West Hartford, and at the Travelers Championship, a robust policy agenda, scholarship opportunities for professional development, and sponsorship opportunities to bring exposure to your community or organization. Please reach out to our Board members with questions, ideas, and suggestions to get the most out of you CEDAS membership.


Best Practices for Land Use and Economic Development

Is your community following best practices in land use and economic development?  Do you know how your neighboring communities work with developers and economic development projects?  

Across our 169 communities, there are many different approaches to land use and economic development.  CEDAS would like to draw the best of these practices and share them with all of our communities. 
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Spotlight on Main Street: Wallingford

A CT Main Street Center and CEDAS Networking Event

Join us on Thursday, April 26th, for an evening of information and exploration in Wallingford Center. Beginning at HUBCAP, Wallingford's co-working space, followed by a guided walking tour of the center and a reception at the Library Wine Bar & Bistro. 

Register today...

CEDAS Backstage Pass: 616 New Park Ave.

616 New Park is a newly constructed 54-unit mixed-use, mixed-income, transit-oriented development located in the Elmwood section of West Hartford.​  Join CEDAS on Tuesday, May 22nd, as we explore how West Hartford Housing Authority went from concept to final product in this exciting project!​

Register today...

Economic Development Marketing Toolkit

Developed by the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), the Marketing Generator makes it easy to access and download economic development marketing materials. Find information on a wide range of topics, from the advantages of doing business in Connecticut to the business support programs offered by the State.

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Be a Part of Doing Business in CT - 5th Anniversary Edition

Be a part of promoting the positive news about Connecticut business. Doing Business in Connecticut is the narrative behind the numbers - with over 165 interviews with business and community leaders, the publication provides the reasons why to do business in Connecticut and who to do business with!

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Brownfields from Start to Finish

A CEDAS Academy Webinar

The first CEDAS Academy webinar of 2018 examined the state of brownfield redevelopment in Connecticut, outlining programs and policies designed to support economic development professionals at all stages of the process. Speakers Arthur Bogen, Dale Kroop, and Thacher Tiffany discussed challenges they have experienced, citing examples from specific projects across the state, and how they were addressed to lead to successful outcomes. 

Watch the recording and download the slides...

CEDAS Legislative Policy Update

CEDAS has always advocated at the state and local level on behalf of all of our members. This year, we have an ambitious policy agenda crafted by our policy chair Chris Edge and his committee made up of CEDAS members. 

The CEDAS policy committee will be watching these issues closely during Connecticut's legislative session and will keep our members informed as actions are taken and when CEDAS members are encouraged to contact their legislators directly re a particular issue affecting economic development in Connecticut.

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APA’s Great Places in America Program

This is a great opportunity to feature a significant place in Connecticut.  Benefits include local and national recognition, along with additional validation for economic development efforts.  Application deadline is April 25th and application forms can be found here.  For more information and assistance with application preparation, please contact Michael Piscitelli, AICP, Deputy Economic Development Administrator, City of New Haven.

Connecticut Made

Our products, as well as the people that make them, engender a rich complexity of character, choice and quality, second to none.  In support that effort, the Department of Economic and Community Development offers the distinctive Connecticut Made logo.  As a result of new legislation intended to help local businesses grow and prosper through brand recognition, the Connecticut Made logo is free to makers and manufactures of Connecticut made products.

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CEDAS Members Encouraged to Attend Board and Committee Meetings

We heard your feedback, and in an effort to move meetings around the state, upcoming CEDAS Board Meetings will be coming to your neck of the woods.  Meeting dates and locations will be sent via email and posted on the CEDAS website. All CEDAS members are welcome and encouraged to attend. 

CEDAS members are also encouraged to attend committee meetings to learn more about the various initiatives and activities being planned. 

  • Membership Committee meets at 4:00 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month
  • Policy Committee meets at 10:00 a.m. the third Friday of the month
  • Progam Committee meets at 11:00 a.m the first Friday of the month
  • Communications Committee meets at 2:00 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of the month
  • Scholarship Committee meets as needed

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Welcome to new CEDAS Members

Please join us in welcoming our new members:
  • Albert Carbone, Avangrid
  • Bill Hawkins, Town of Suffield
  • Kevin Gremse, National Development Council - NDC
  • Jordan Polon, Hartford Business Improvement District
  • Ryan Bingham, Sullivan & LeShane, Inc.
  • Michael Johnson, Sullivan & LeShane, Inc.
  • Patricia LeShane, Sullivan & LeShane, Inc.
We're thrilled that you have joined CEDAS and look forward to getting to know you!

Member Spotlight

Our members are in the news and on the move! Member Spotlight is one of our most-enjoyed sections!  Put your name in lights, and send us a blurb about you or another member. Contact
  • CEDAS Vice President, Garrett Sheehan, was recently named President of the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce, Congrats, Garrett!  Learn more...
  • Thank you to CEDAS Communications Co-Chair, Julie Nash, for organizing and hosting the March CEDAS Board meeting at Milford City Hall. We also appreciate Mayor Ben Blake stopping by to welcome us, and had a great time at the Stonebridge Restaurant following the meeting. 

Monthly Reminders

MEMBERSHIP HAS ITS REWARDS - The membership committee would like to encourage you to renew today so you don't miss out on all of the wonderfully planned events, programs, and of course, funding resources available to you in 2018. The committee also welcomes referrals - encourage your colleagues to join today by contacting

JOB OPPORTUNITIES - CEDAS shares job opportunities through our newsletter and website at no cost to our employers. Reach 500+ professionals every month by sharing your opportunities through CEDAS. Please send job listings to

CEDAS SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE IN 2018 - CEDAS is proud to connect members to great opportunities to learn, grow professional skills and network. Scholarships are available for many varieties of events, classes, seminars and programs throughout the year. 

EVENTS - Check our events calendar on for regularly updated events. Whether you are a member or not, please consider submitting
events as well as newsworthy items for our monthly e-news. 

PAST E-NEWSLETTERS - Missed an e-newsletter? Check out the past newsletters on our website

IN THE NEWS - Have you been published? Did you give a lecture? Have you or your organization been profiled or quotes?
CEDAS wants to highlight your contributions in future newsletters and the website. 

Contact us at today!

Upcoming Municipal Economic Development Training

CERC and CEDAS are booking future dates for our FREE municipal economic development training, which is custom tailored to specific towns(s) and designed to help those who impact economic development to work more collaboratively together. 
  • Westbrook 5/3
  • Putnam 5/23
More info...

Connecticut Economic Update 2018

April 20, Plantsville

Join CBIA and network with other business leaders, hear from top state and national economists, get the latest on the state's fiscal issues, plus an inside look at the state Capitol and the coming elections from our media panel.

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2018 NEKC Mayors' Economic Forum

April 26, East Hartford

Join the New England Knowledge Corridor and the mayors of Hartford, East Hartford, New Britain, Chiopee, and Springfield for "Mayors Meet Millennials" event.  

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2018 CT Governor's Conference on Tourism

May 9, Hartford

It’’s ““the”” don’t-miss industry event of the year for everyone who’’s interested in attracting visitors/guests/attendees. Come share best practices and learn from national tourism and travel experts at this one-of-a-kind conference, brought to you by the DECD Connecticut Office of Tourism and the Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau!

Learn more...

Spring Economic Development Business Breakfast

May 16, Farmington

At the upcoming Farmington EDC breakfast, Jason Giulietti will be discussing the international business attraction practice that CERC leads on behalf of the state.  The efforts have attracted companies from Israel, Brazil, and Germany in the bio-science, medical device, advanced manufacturing, digital media, green industries, finance/insurance and cybersecurity industries.

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Waterbury Development and Preservation Conference

May 24, Waterbury

With presentations and discussion by development practitioners, this conference will provide you with the information necessary to easily navigate the process of historic building conversion. Waterbury is open for business! Showcase will include panel discussions about Downtown Development Opportunities and a walking tour of key sites.

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ICSC New England Retail Connection

June 5, Hartford

Attend this event for a day of making deals, connecting with retailers, sparking ideas, and networking with leaders in our industry. A mix of business and education, including a P3-geared panel about the evolution of retail centers, featuring developers and city representatives from two major retail centers. CEDAS scholarships are available for registration costs - apply on the CEDAS website.

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NEDA Annual Conference

October 21 to 23, Newark

Save the date for NEDA's Annual Conference focused on exploring the “inclusive community” approach to economic development

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