CEDAS E-News - February 2022
Dear CEDAS Members,

It’s hard to believe that we have two months of the new year under our belts with spring on the horizon. As we approach a new season, Connecticut is bursting with activity! The health and vitality of a strong state is heavily reliant on economic development. I couldn’t be more proud to see an abundance of incredible projects being announced with great frequency.

At CEDAS, we recently closed this year’s application period for the Best Practices Program. As our team of reviewers process the applications, please look for an announcement on communities receiving accreditation in 2022 and an associated celebration to honor their work.

Additionally, we’ve also had some great programming kick off the year through an informative series with Goman & York on Economic Development Trends & Insights. With two more sessions on the pandemic’s impact on commercial real estate, and brick and mortar retail, we hope this information is proving valuable as we map out our next series.

Switching gears, member Kevin Fitzgerald has recently stepped up to lead our Policy Committee. As the legislature quickly moves through a short session this year, our Committee is tracking economic development-related bills and is ready to address any legislation that may impact our profession. Please watch for upcoming communications to membership outlining this year’s CEDAS legislative agenda. Should you be tracking any proposals that may impact your community, please reach out to CEDAS for the Committee to discuss.

Be sure to share any exciting news with our organization, so that we can continue to track and promote the strength and growth of our member-communities. As always, thank you for supporting this organization!

Best Regards,

Kristen Gorski
Economic Development Coordinator
Town of West Hartford

CT DECD Round 15 Brownfield Municipal Grant & Round 3 BAR Planning Grant News

The CT Dept. of Economic and Community Development’s (DECD) Office of Brownfield Remediation and Development (OBRD) is welcoming applications for grant funding under the following programs:
  • Municipal Grant (Assessment-Only) Program
  • Brownfield Area-wide Revitalization Planning Grant Program
Available funding is $2 million and $1 million for the Municipal Grant (Assessment-Only) and Brownfield Area-wide Revitalization (BAR) Planning Grant Programs, respectively.

Please refer to the separate notices for more details on funding amounts, award criteria and schedule. The Application material is available under the Program webpages (see links above).

Deadlines to submit applications:
  • Friday, April 22, 2022 @ 3:00 PM – Assessment-Only Grant Application
  • Friday, June 17, 2022 @ 3:00 PM – BAR Planning Grant Application
Tentative dates for award announcements:
  • May/June 2022 – Assessment-Only Grant awardees
  • Aug/Sep 2022 – BAR Planning Grant awardees
OBRD would also like to take the opportunity to inform its brownfields stakeholders about the potential EPA funding as a result of the historic $1.5 billion investment in brownfields revitalization under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL).

Please visit the OBRD website at for the flyer that provides more information on the potential federal funding and links on two upcoming webinars.

Reminder: 2022 Membership Renewals

If you have not already done so, please renew your CEDAS membership!

You can find information on this and all the CEDAS membership types in the attached brochure.
Click here to enroll online where you may pay by check or credit card, or you may download and complete the attached form and pay by check.
Please contact Alison Geisler at or 203-498-3029 should you have any questions about your membership.
Thank you for your continued support of CEDAS!

Economic Development Career Opportunities

Check the CEDAS website periodically for new career opportunities in economic development.

If you have a position you would like to post, email it to

ICYMI: Economic Development Trends & Insights Webinar Series

CEDAS, along with Goman + York, held the third session in our series on Thursday, February 10th.  The session focused on remote work.

Click here to view the recording from that session.  And be sure to register for the next session taking place on March 10th.

What's Going On Elsewhere? 

Governor Lamont: Itinerary and Photos From Economic Development Mission in Israel

Please click here to see photos from the Governor's recent trip to promote economic development in Connecticut.
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CEDAS webinar series: ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TRENDS & INSIGHTS.  The fourth session is A Look at the Pandemic’s Impact on Commercial Real Estate

March 10th, Online
Click here to learn more about this series and to register.

Save the dates!  IEDC 2022 Economic Development Week

May 9th-13th

Click here to read more.
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