CEDAS E-News - September 2016


2016 NEDA Conference Review

The 60th Annual NEDA conference  #nedanewhaven  "Transportation at the Crossroads" was held in New Haven this past weekend, September 11 through 13th.  

I wanted to share a look back and thank Connecticut Economic Development Association - CEDAS members for all their hard work over the past year. Special thanks to the City of New Haven for welcoming over 200 economic development professionals that attended from all the New England states down through MD! See you all next year in Providence, RI!

- Rebecca Nolan, 2016 CEDAS President

Aer Lingus Transatlantic Transportation 

On September 28th, Aer Lingus will commence daily transatlantic service from Bradley Airport to Dublin and will provide connections to a range of British and European cities including Paris, London, Amsterdam, Rome, Manchester, and Edinburgh.

Learn more.

The Downtown Willimantic Experience - Funky, Fun & Free-Spirited

CEDAS has partnered with the CT Main Street Center to host a social networking event in Downtown Willimantic, on October 6th.

This historic, authentic, funky, fun, and free-spirited downtown is home to artists and entrepreneurs, Eastern Connecticut State University, Quinebaug Valley Community College, and an active Victorian neighborhood association. Running paralle to the Williamantic River, Main Street is also home to a variety of shops and galleries, public art, and impressive adaptive reuse projects, not to mention Whitewater Park, and a new streetscape program. 

Register for this free event.  

Upcoming CEDAS Academy Webinar September 20th 

C-PACE (Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy) is an innovative way for building owners to make affordable green energy upgrades that save money. More than 120 Connecticut towns and cities have opted into C-PACE, creating healthier environment, fueling economic development and making it clear that their communities are more competitive places to do business. 

With C-PACE, municipalities can put businesses back in control of their energy costs and help them make smart and safe investments in green energy. Learn more by joining our webinar September 20th. 

Register for the free webinar here. 

Celebrate Working Cities Connecticut!

The Working Cities Challenge has been announced with an official launch date on October 4th at the new Meriden Green.

The Working Cities Challenge is a grant competition that is designed to support cross-sector, collaborative leadership and ambitious work to improve the lives of low-income people in small and mid-sized cities in Connecticut.  

Workshops have been scheduled across the state to educate and inform communities on the grant opportunities and how to apply.

More information on the workshops and the October 4th launch celebration.

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 2016 - CEDAS is proud to connect members to great opportunities to learn, grow professional skills and network. Scholarships are available for many variety 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 evens 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. 

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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:
  • Coventry/Bolton 9/22
  • Wallingford 10/5
  • Trumbull 11/17
More info...

Envisionfest Hartford

September 17, Hartford
Day-long festival of art, theater, music, walking, biking, tours and more, will bring over 15,000 visitors to downtown Hartford this year offering free admission to the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, the Wadsworth Atheneum and the Butler McCook House, along with more than 100 events throughout Downtown Hartford.

Learn more...

IEDC Annual Conference

September 25-28, Cleveland
With an unmatched line-up of keynote speakers and session leaders, the 2016 IEDC Conference will highlight the best practices and rising trends in the economic development profession. 

More info...

Mayors' Fall Economic Forum

October 5, New Britain
SAVE THE DATE for the forum hosted by New England's Knowledge Corridor Partnership - Working Cities Challenge: Sourcing Talent and Economic Opportunity in the Knowledge Corridor's Five Largest Urban Centers. 

Learn more.


November 30, Hartford
Save the date for CERC's annual celebration of economic development successes throughout the state.

Sponsorship opportunities available.
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