CEDAS E-News - March 2022

Governor Lamont Signs Legislation Allowing Relaxed Rules for Outdoor Dining at Restaurants to Continue for Another 13 Months

Governor Ned Lamont announced that he has signed into law legislation (House Bill 5271) allowing the relaxed rules on outdoor dining at restaurants that he established in response to the initial outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic to continue for at least another 13 months. 

The relaxed rules were created by the governor in early 2020 through an executive order he issued using his emergency authority as a way of increasing the ability of restaurants to serve their customers more safely by expanding their outdoor footprints. In early 2021, that executive order was codified into state statutes and extended for several more months by the Connecticut General Assembly through Special Act 21-3, however that law is scheduled to expire on March 31, 2022.

This latest extension the governor signed will last until April 30, 2023.

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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. Currently, the following positions are seeking applicants:
  • Economic Development Director, City of Derby
  • Economic Development Officer, City of New Haven
  • Assistant Director of Economic Development, City of Hartford
Learn more...

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 fourth session in our series on Thursday, March 10th.  The session focused on the pandemic's impact on commercial real estate.

Click here to view the recording from that session.  And be sure to register for the next session taking place on April 14th.

2022 Economic Development Week is Coming!

May 9th -13th

Economic Development Week gives economic development professionals a platform to showcase to their community the contributions made to their local economy throughout the year. Utilize IEDC’s toolkit to help support your message and increase your impact.  

Click here to learn more.

What's Going On Elsewhere? 

How Universities Can Support Equitable Economic Development
Higher education's crucial role in local and regional economic growth

Across the country we are witnessing a resurgence in student activism. On campuses far and wide, one can hear calls for racial justice, worker rights, divestment, environmental action and gender equity ringing out.

But there’s another kind of equity that I hear less about: the equitable economic development of the localities and regions surrounding many of our major universities.

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Resource Fair for Small Businesses to Leverage Government Contracting

April 11th, New Haven
Click here to learn more about this series and to register.

CEDAS webinar series: ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TRENDS & INSIGHTS.  The final session will focus on Brick and Mortar Retail.

April 14th, Online
Click here to learn more about this series and to register.

Women-Owned Business Day

April 21st, Online
Click here to learn more about this series and to register for the virtual program and town halls.

Save the date!  Connecticut's Open House Day

June 11th

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