CEDAS E-News - February 2017

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


Please join CEDAS on April 13, 2017 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM to learn more about Maker and Co-Working Places.
Attend this webinar to learn:
  • 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

Learn more...

Coming Back to Connecticut in 2017: The 39th New England Economic Development Course

SAVE THE DATE! Returning to Connecticut August 28 through 31, the location will be announced soon. 

Sponsored by a CEDAS and accredited by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), this immersion course will provide new economic development professionals and support staff, board and commission members, and allied disciplines with a broad background in the fundamentals of the economic development business. 

Session is Open - Tools to Keep You Informed

With the legislative session upon us, there are many issues that will have an impact on economic development, businesses, and our communities. While the CEDAS Policy Committee is working on our proposed legislative agenda and will be watching closely as those issues arise during the session, the Connecticut General Assembly provides an easy to use legislative tracking service for anyone to utilize. 

The tool allows you to track bills by your delegation or bill number. You can find this tracking tool here.

If you are interested in a hearing and can't make it to the Capitol, there are live streams hosted daily here

Testifying at a hearing or submitting written testimony can sometimes be daunting, but follow these step-by-step instructions to make it an easy process for you and those you represent. 

Missed the Live Event?  Watch the Recording... 

On Thursday, February 16th, CEDAS Academy presented the webinar, "Innovations in Workforce Development," with: 
  • Patrick Flaherty, Assistant Director of Research, Connecticut Department of Labor 
  • Mark Hill Chief Operating Officer Eastern CT Workforce Investment Board, Inc.
  • Adrienne Farrar Houel, President & CEO The Green Team

If you weren't able to participate for the live webinar, watch the recording here

It's that Time of Year: Call for Nominations

CEDAS is pleased to assist the following organizations to announce their call for nominations:

CREW CT Blue Ribbon Awards
Deadline for nominations:
March 7

Connecticut Medal of Science Nominations Open
Deadline for nominations: March 11

2017 Global Awards Program
Deadline for project submissions: March 28

IEDC Excellence in Economic Development Awards 
Deadline for submissions:  May 12

Stay Engaged, Stay Informed, Take Advantage of the Benefits of CEDAS Membership

As the new year kicks-off, please check out the CEDAS events calendar to learn what professional development opportunities are available to you - across the state and beyond.

CEDAS strives to provide an educational platform for all of our members in addition to collaborating with many other organizations such as CERC, NEDA, IEDC, CT Main Street, CCAPA, and The Partnership for Strong Communities. Please visit the CEDAS calendar for events and opportunities. 

If something interests you, don't forget - CEDAS Scholarships are available!  Visit the scholarship page for more information.

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.


DECD's Tricia Paesani Named as One of North America's Top 50 Economic Developers

Consultant Connect announced its 2017 list of North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers. The economic development professionals selected for this list were nominated by their colleagues in both the economic development industry and the site consultant community for excellent practices, innovation, and success in building the communities they serve. Congratulations, Tricia!


Community Spotlight

Excitement in Hartford as Spring Approaches!
News from the capitol city

It May be Winter, but Things are Heating Up in Fairfield
What's keeping everyone busy during the coldest season?

CEDAS is pleased to announce five new members from the City of Bridgeport:

  • Thomas Gill, Director of the Office of Planning & Economic Development
  • Dean Mack, Planner II
  • Lynn Haig, Planning Director
  • Curtis Denton, Special Projects Manager, GIS
  • Jacob Robinson, Planner I
Also, CEDAS would like to welcome Jason Vincent, Director of Planning for the Town of Stonington.

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:
  • North Branford 3/8
  • Seymour 3/29
  • Brookfield 4/4
  • Waterford 4/13
  • Stonington 4/20
More info...

Greater Hartford Reentry Employment and Resource Fair

March 7, Hartford

Employers are encouraged to participate in this important opportunity to provide a second chance to a local resident, meet a supportive reentry community and hire your future workforce.

Learn more...

New England Retail Connection

March 8, Hartford

Hosted by ICSC - the International Council of Shopping Centers - this event will promote the exchange of ideas among members and facilitate the conduct of their businesses.

Learn more...

Leveraging Regional Strategies & Resources in Economic Development

March 16, online

Linking together communities of all sizes is an important economic development strategy you can use to build critical mass through your marketing and more.  During this webinar, you will explore the topic of regional cooperation and present findings from the newest paper of IEDC's Economic Development Research Partners (EDRP).

Learn more...


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.

Learn more...

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.

Learn more...
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