CEDAS E-News - March 2017

CEDAS Academy Webinar - Activating Third Places: Maker and Co-Working Places 


Join us for the next CEDAS Academy webinar focused on maker and co-working spaces on Thursday, April 13, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 
Learn more about:
  • What are co-working and makerspaces and how they may benefit communities
  • Lessons learned from other communities in developing co-working and makerspaces
  • When and why co-working and makerspaces might be the right fit for your community

Register here...

CEDAS Watching Capitol Hill: Policy Committee Update

The 2017 legislative session is fully underway with committees now holding public hearings on bills.  CEDAS Policy Committee Co-Chairmen John O'Toole and Garrett Sheehan are closely following two bills that could impact economic development. 

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Governor's Economic Forum Announced: Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Governor Malloy & DECD Commissioner Catherine Smith invite you to attend an instructive and interactive forum on Connecticut’s overall economic health, strategies, and activities. Speakers include: 
  • Governor Dannel P. Malloy
  • Dan Schultz, President of Sikorsky Aircraft
  • James Redeker, Commissioner of the Connecticut Dept. of Transportation
  • Scott Jackson, Commissioner of the Connecticut Dept. of Labor
  • Matt McCooe, CEO, Connecticut Innovations
  • Discussion on downtown revitalization
Tuesday, March 21st
8:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Infinity Hall
32 Front Street, Hartford

Few seats remain!  Please contact Tricia Paesani at to confirm your attendance!

Connecticut Ranked 12th in Best States Overall 


The overall Best State ranking from U.S. News & World Report shows how each of the 50 U.S. states ranks in 68 metrics across seven categories. In calculating the rankings, each of the seven categories were assigned weightings based on a national survey that asked people to prioritize each subject in their state:

  • Health Care
  • Education
  • Infrastructure
  • Crime & Corrections
  • Opportunity
  • Economy 
  • Government
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Request for CEDAS Members to Assist with Survey

The Global Business Council (the “GBC”) , the global arm of the MetroHartford Alliance, supports and facilitates international business opportunities in the greater Hartford region.  The GBC has asked CEDAS for help.
With its regional and state partners, the GBC has compiled a comprehensive list of German-owned companies and subsidiaries located in CT.  The GBC would like to expand the lists beyond Germany and would like to compile as many foreign-owned, US HQs and subsidiaries from all nations that are currently located in CT.  By including CEDAS members, the GBC hopes to compile a comprehensive list of businesses that will showcase the global nature of business in CT. 
CEDAS members will receive a short survey and ask you to participate via email.  The list is for information purposes only and will not be used for solicitation.  In return, the MetroHartford Alliance has offered to provide a list of businesses known in your communities.

More details to follow...

Connecticut Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Earns National Accreditation

The Connecticut Small Business Development Center (CTSBDC) has earned full accreditation from the Association of Small Business Development Centers, the national accrediting body for Small Business Development Centers under contract from the U.S. Small Business Administration. This is the first time the CTSBDC program has earned this prestigious accomplishment in the State of Connecticut. The America's SBDC Accreditation Committee voted to fully accredit the CTSBDC program and announced this at the America's SBDC semiannual meeting in Washington, D.C. in February 2017.

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The Connecticut Port Authority Creates the Small Harbor Improvement Project Program


The Connecticut Port Authority (CPA) recently announced the creation of the Small Harbor Improvement Projects Program (SHIPP), which will provide grants to strengthen the economic potential of harbors and marinas along Connecticut's coastline. The CPA is setting aside $7.5M for the program and is inviting municipalities and eligible property owners to apply. Applications must be received by April 17, 2017.  

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Don't Forget to Renew Your Membership

Please visit our new CEDAS membership portal to renew your membership or join CEDAS today! You can sign up, pay securely, and instantly. 

Renew or join today!

Download the membership brochure, or contact for more information.

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.



Congratulations - and Farewell - to Nicole Licata Grant from the CEDAS Board 

CEDAS is sad to announce the resignation of Nicole Licata Grant due to a change in her career. Nicole has been a CEDAS Board Director since 2015 and was integral in leading our communications efforts.  She inspired the board to look at new technology and more including social media and better access to our website.

While the CEDAS Board is sad to see her go, we are proud of her accomplishments and congratulate her in her new role as the Inaugural Director of the Avangrid Foundation.

We wish Nicole the best of luck and look forward to working with her on projects to come!

Community Spotlight

A Look at a Successful Historic Preservation Project in Unionville, CT
When Old is New Again

News from the Center
Berlin's Growth from the Food Industry

CEDAS would like to welcome Chris Duprey, from Crosskey Architects to our CEDAS Community.

Opening day at Dunkin Donuts Park - April 13th!  Cheer on The Yard Goats, our home team!

Monthly Reminders

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 2017 - 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

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 2016. The committee also welcomes referrals - encourage your colleagues to join today by contacting

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. 

Upcoming trainings include:
  • Seymour 3/29
  • Brookfield 4/4
  • Waterford 4/13
  • Stonington 4/20
More info...

Windsor Locks Goes TIF
April 5, online

CMSC presents its next Webinar Wednesday.  A real-life case study of how Windsor Locks adopted the first TIF District Plan in Connecticut. Learn the critical steps in creating a Downtown Tax Increment Financing District.

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April 9-11, Washington, DC

Following a historic election season, the business of governing will once again move front and center. The FED Forum is the only annual gathering focused exclusively on federal economic development programs, policies, and initiatives. Join the conversation and put your community on the road to success, vitality, and growth.

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CT Export Week

April 24 to 28

Save the date for this year's schedule of events sponsored by the Connecticut District Export Council.  

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CEDAS/CT Main Street Networking Event

April 27, Bridgeport

This spring we will visit Downtown Bridgeport — the Park City, the home of P.T. Barnum, and the birthplace of the Frisbee! Save the date for this fun and informative event…

Building Strategic Capacity In An Age of Disruption

May 11, New Britain

A one-day community capacity building conference supporting CT’s Innovation Places and the Working Cities Challenge.

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