CEDAS E-News - September 2022

Dear CEDAS Members,

Happy Fall! It’s that time of year again, our 2022 Annual Meeting and Fall Social will be officially taking place on October 18th from 2-5pm at the Jacky Durrell Pavilion at Penfield Beach in Fairfield! Similar to last year, the event space will have plenty of indoor and outdoor space with a gorgeous shoreline view. In the spirit of moving our events around the state to highlight our member communities, we are thrilled to visit Fairfield. I would like to thank Mark Barnhart for his generosity hosting us this year. A big thank you to our Presenting Sponsor, United Illuminating!

At our Annual Meeting, we will elect our Board of Directors for 2023. If you are interested in joining the Board, please contact Garrett Sheehan, Immediate Past President. Our organization depends on our volunteer Board, and we hope you will consider taking an active role in supporting CEDAS and statewide economic development. At the meeting, we will also be presenting the Member of the Year Award, President’s Award, and the Kenneth L. Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award. This will be a great opportunity to network with members, future members and re-connect with friends. We hope to see you there!

Two more events we hope will be of interest to you: Tomorrow, Thursday, September 29th we will be in Bridgeport for our Backstage Pass at the new Hartford Healthcare Amphitheater, honored as a 2021 VenuesNow All Star Renovation Winner. In partnership with our friends at CREW CT, at this event we’ll learn about the development story of this venue and tour the facility. Thank you to our members M&J Engineering for sponsoring what should be a great evening. Lastly, we will join our friends at CT Main Street in Middletown on October 13th for their Spotlight on Main Street event. These events are always informative and a fan favorite.

We’re excited to spend so much time together in the next month! Thank you for your continued support of this organization; we look forward to continuing to provide maximum benefit to our membership community.

Best Regards,

Kristen Gorski
Economic Development Coordinator
Town of West Hartford

Governor Lamont Approves $31.3 Million in State Grants to 77 Small Towns for Infrastructure Improvements

(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont today announced that he is approving $31.3 million in state grants for 77 small towns in Connecticut to complete a wide variety of infrastructure improvements, such as the road safety reconstruction projects, sewer and drainage upgrades, sidewalk and pedestrian safety enhancements, and other kinds of capital improvement projects.

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How Will Federal Economic Policy Impact Connecticut?

Moody’s Investor Services recently announced that state debt, pensions and other post-employment benefits liabilities all increased within the this past year in Illinois, Connecticut, New Jersey and Kentucky. However, there is some good news to report with respect to surging revenues in New Jersey and Connecticut, which now has over a $3.1 billion budgetary reserve. Connecticut has taken the right steps to manage its long-term financial obligations and prepare for the approaching economic storm that is sure to be rough based on the current economic policies of the Federal Reserve.

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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:
  • Manager/Senior Manager, Clean Energy Finance, Connecticut Green Bank
  • Director of Environmental Infrastructure Programs, Connecticut Green Bank
  • Director, Business Development, Technology, Advance CT
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If you have a position you would like to post, email it to

2022 Survey of Connecticut Businesses

CBIA’s 2022 Survey of Connecticut Businesses—the 20th annual edition, made possible again this year through the generous support of Marcum LLP—captures a state and an economy at a critical juncture.

This year’s survey responses reaffirm many of the underperforming economic indicators that show Connecticut’s untapped growth potential—data that our policymakers must embrace in order to identify and implement best solutions—and offer key insights into that world, highlighting the opportunities to build a sustainable opportunity economy that emphasizes affordability, meaningful careers, and a positive business climate.

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CEDAS and CREW CT: Backstage Pass

September 29th, Hartford Healthcare Amphitheater in Bridgeport

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MetroHartford Alliance event: Attracting Business: The Blueprint to Successful Site Selection

October 6th, Goodwin University, East Hartford

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The Hartford Business Journal & New Haven Biz present the Future of Economic Development in Connecticut

October 12th, Farmington Gardens

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Spotlight on Main Street

October 13th, Middletown

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CEDAS Annual Meeting & Fall Social

October 18th, Jacky Durrell Pavilion at Penfield Beach in Fairfield

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CCM Annual Convention

November 1st, Mohegan Sun

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