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State Street Redevelopment Continues at Former Stereo Station site. 
Friday, January 18, 2019
One of the great real estate turnaround stories in Hamden of 2018/2019 is the remediation and rehabilitation of 2259 State Street. Vacant for over 10 years, the Hamden Economic Development Corporation was tasked with the strategy and execution of a turnaround plan. The owners had passed away and the property became abandoned and blighted. Dale Kroop is the Executive Director of the Hamden Economic Development Corporation and has been managing the project, “We are seeing progress towards a rehabilitated Quanset Hut and a tax producing property again. We have procured a developer/business who will repurpose it as a car dealership called Value Auto. Projects like this are exactly what the corporation was intended for.”
Everyone Gets a Job: Health Care Panelist Announced 
Monday, January 14, 2019
On Thursday January 24th at 630 pm in the Senior Center at the Miller Library, the Town will host its first panel on Health Care careers for parents and students. The panelists will talk about educational requirements, the job market and the earning potential in the health care marketplace. Health Care is the fastest growing part of the Hamden and regional economy so come and hear what different parts of this sector have to say.
Workforce Development Series Announcement 
Thursday, January 3, 2019
Hamden’s Department of Economic and Neighborhood Development is pleased to announce the first two panels that are part of the new workforce series titled, “Everyone Gets a Job; Exploring Career and Technical Educational Opportunities”. This series will be focused on the workforce readiness of Hamden residents, particularly children entering or leaving middle school and entering high school. The series will include workshops on the job and career opportunities in the major economic sectors in Hamden and in the region. Panelists will be from the private sector employers and educators. Panelists will discuss career options, educational or training requirements and earning potential.
Hamden Receives Large Open Space Grant 
Wednesday, December 26, 2018
Mayor Curt Balzano Leng is pleased to announce that Hamden was awarded a state Open Space and Watershed Land Acquisition Program grant this week to help preserve 42 acres of open space at Brooksvale Park. The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is providing $432,250 in a matching grant to set aside these acres adjacent to existing town-owned park land at Brooksvale Park. The acquired land will be classified as Level A Aquifer Protection Zone and will protect the underground water drinking aquifer. With frontage on Brooksvale Avenue, this parcel is the remainder of a larger parcel that was acquired through this grant in 2008. “The opportunity to expand Brooksvale Park, one of Hamden’s premiere open space and park areas, with 42 additional acres of land can add great value to our community and our environment,” said Mayor Curt Leng. “I really appreciate our State Delegation’s strong advocacy for this key grant and look forward to working with partners to acquire and protect this beautiful land.” The Hamden award is part of a larger $4.8 million in 14 municipalities to preserve open space throughout the state.
The Transformation of Putnam Place Begins 
Tuesday, December 18, 2018
A new energy is about to transform the former Acme Mall site after years of vacancy and a lack of foot traffic. Porter and Chester technical school will open in the early part of 2019 and will bring hundreds of students and over 70 jobs to Putnam Place, including up to 10 new teaching positions. Porter and Chester, which offers programs in automotive technology, computer and networking, heating and ventilation, and more, will relocate to Hamden from their Branford campus and almost double their size. Porter and Chester was once the Connecticut School of Electronics in New Haven. They will operate three shifts of classes, bringing life throughout the day and evening to Putnam Place. A new CVS Pharmacy will be built at the corner of Putnam and Dixwell Avenue, replacing the current building on site. Construction for the new CVS was approved on December 11th at the Town Planning and Zoning Commission meeting. Two tenants from the existing building on site will relocate to other locations in Hamden and the third tenant will retire. The new 14,000 sq. ft. structure will open later in 2019. New jobs will be created for this location.
Workforce Development Series Announcement 
Wednesday, November 7, 2018
“Everyone Gets a Job in Hamden: Exploring Career and Technical Educational Opportunities” Parent information Sessions: · Tuesday November 27th: Miller Library : Friends Room 600 PM · Saturday : December 1st: Brundage Community Library: 1030 AM RSVP: 203-287-7030 or dkroop@hamden.com Hamden’s Department of Economic Development and Neighborhood Revitalization announces a new series in 2019. Titled “Everyone Gets a Job; Exploring Career and Technical Educational Opportunities”. This series will be focused on the workforce readiness of Hamden residents, particularly children entering or leaving middle school and entering high school. The series will include workshops on the job and career opportunities in the major economic sectors in Hamden and in the region. These workshops will connect current business workforce needs with all educational and training opportunities. Workshops will focus on private sector job opportunities now and over the next 5-10 years. “The biggest challenge for businesses large and small is finding qualified and trained workers. The workforce needs in real time often outpaces the educational resources in any community. These forums will begin the dialogue between all of our partners to insure that every child has the opportunity for a good paying and satisfying job. It is critical for the future of Hamden’s economy”, stated Dale Kroop, Director.
Hamden Startup Launches Tissue-Freezing Device 
Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Hamden-based medical-device startup Vanessa Research Inc. (http://vanessaresearch.com/) said Monday it has launched a first-of-its-kind product aimed at "batch cryopreservation" — the freezing of multiple tissue samples simultaneously. Called Seal 'N Freeze, the device includes a disposable plastic tray with four separate molds that fits into a compact cryopreservation box. The compact design aims to accommodate the space limitations of a typical lab, the company said. Former Yale University researcher Dr. Dmitry Kravtsov, now vice president of research and development at Vanessa, developed the idea out of frustration with the amount of time his staff was spending freezing tissue samples individually.
Report Card Update for Economic Development 
Friday, October 12, 2018
The Town’s current Economic Development Plan (expiring 12/31/18) includes goals for business incentives, physical improvements to neighborhoods, and growth in commercial districts. These incentives and improvements have resulted in increases in the commercial tax base, and the creation of jobs will generate important infrastructure improvements adding to the general appearance of commercial and residential areas.
Neighborhood Leadership Program 
Tuesday, October 9, 2018
The Neighborhood Leadership Program is an eight month training and grant program that supports community leaders in imagining, developing, testing and realizing projects which build community and provide positive outcomes in New Haven, East Haven, West Haven and Hamden. If you are a resident in one of these towns who has demonstrated a commitment to making a positive difference through resident engagement, AND if you are eager to build skills, develop your capacity to increase your impact, and engage with other leaders in learning, practice and project execution, YOU should apply to this program!
Changing Face of Retail-Online Grocery Competition 
Friday, September 28, 2018
Earlier this year I wrote an article about The Changing Face of Retail which was designed as a thought piece for thinking about the Hamden retail and personal services economy over the next 20 years. What will become of our shopping areas as we have only known as retail, really since their beginning in the 1950's? Retail has changed and will continue to do so. The grocery market is also changing, first with the purchase of Whole Foods by Amazon. Now as predicted the rest of the players are getting into the game. Here is a recent article that begins to describe who is expanding into the grocery delivery market space. http://www.hartfordbusiness.com/…/NEWHAVENB…/180929958/1063…

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