CEDAS E-News - August 2022

ICYMI: CEDAS president Kristen Gorski selected as one of Hartford Business Journal's 2022 40 Under Forty honorees

Kristen Gorski serves as economic development coordinator for the town of West Hartford. She is a leading force for economic development efforts and grand list growth. Gorski is responsible for business retention and expansion, new business attraction and small business, nonprofit and entrepreneurial support.

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Nominations for CEDAS Board Members Being Accepted

Calling all members! Nominations are being accepted for the 2023 CEDAS Board. Nominees must be current CEDAS members in good standing. Submit your nomination to

CEDAS Seeks Nominations for Two Annual Awards

CEDAS seeks nominations for the 2022 Kenneth L. Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award and the CEDAS Member of the Year Award. Nomination guidelines are on the CEDAS website.

Join us for BACKSTAGE PASS at the new Hartford Healthcare Amphitheater

2021 VenuesNow All Star Renovation Winner
September 29, 2022
4:30 PM – 7:30 PM

CEDAS is partnering with CREW CT for an event not-to-be missed; open to members and non-members.

Ticket price: $40.00 includes a complimentary drink, hot apps, full backstage/onstage tour and program.

Bring a colleague or two!  Register now at: BACKSTAGE PASS

Program includes:
  • Full tour of the facility, including backstage, dressing rooms, and ON stage (with group photo)
  • The Development Story: How a former baseball stadium became a world-class music venue
  • Drawing to WIN 4 TICKETS to any SHOW in the 2023 season at “The Amp”
  • Red Barn Reconnect – socialize, network & reconnect with your peers in the exclusive, outdoor Performers-Only space at The Amp, with fire pit, hot food & spirits.

Thanks to our Sponsors!

Why Downtown Won't Die

As the office recedes in importance, central business districts are transforming into spaces to live and socialize, not just work. It's a process that began before Covid-19.

America’s downtowns are in big trouble, or so the pundits tell us, thanks to the enduring effects of Covid-19 and the rise of remote and hybrid work. In 10 of the largest US cities, office occupancy averages are less than half, roughly 44% as of mid-August, of what they were back in 2020 before the pandemic hit. That’s better than they looked in May 2021, when the average stood at just 27%. But several big cities, including New York, Chicago and San Francisco, have been stalled at 40% or under for several months — a sign that the workplace disruptions of the Covid era are with us for the long haul.

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Economic Development Career Opportunities

Check the CEDAS website periodically for new career opportunities in economic development. Currently, the following positions are seeking applicants:
  • Economic Development Specialist, Town of Wallingford
  • Assistant Town Planner, Town of Guilford
  • Assistant Director: Community Investment Fund, CTDECD
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Businesses look to hire Ukrainian refugees amid labor shortage - but they need more than just a job

As Russia’s military invasion of Ukraine grinds on, more than 100,000 refugees have arrived in the United States, many of whom are uncertain when, if ever, they’ll be able to return.

While businesses may be motivated by altruism to help displaced Ukrainians, there’s also a strong incentive to hire immigrants who are eager to work – especially as the U.S. faces its own struggle with an ongoing labor shortage.

Russia’s invasion that began Feb. 24 has displaced 10.4 million Ukrainian residents, about 6 million of whom have fled to European countries, but with a growing number landing in the U.S. and specifically Connecticut.

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Pulse of the Region Connect: Building Our Future Workforce

September 14th, Dunkin Donuts Park

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2022 IEDC Annual Conference

September 18-21st, Oklahoma City, OK

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Please be sure to let us know if you plan to attend!

CT Data Collaborative Data Visualization

September 23rd, Hartford

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New England Veteran Small Business Symposium

September 28th, Online

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CEDAS and CREW CT: Red Barn Tour

September 29th, Hartford Healthcare Amphitheater in Bridgeport

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SAVE THE DATE!  Spotlight on Main Street

October 13th

More information coming soon!

SAVE THE DATE!  CEDAS Annual Meeting

October 18th

More information, including the location, coming soon!

CCM Annual Convention

November 1st, Mohegan Sun

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