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Article-Community Lending and the Startup Slump in CT 
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
This is a great article by Hamden’s Armando Rodriguez or arod (ee cummings style) to his friends, who is the Chair and Professor of the Economics Department at the University of New Haven. He is also advisor to the UNH Economics Collective. In addition to his always entertaining writing style, arod makes some spot on points in his latest article for the Collective about the power of Community Banks and to us economic developers more importantly, how overlooked (my opinion) really small businesses are. Over 70% of Hamden’s businesses has under 10 employees and over 80% with under 20 employees. We have developed a Solopreneur (i.e. home based business) Cluster http://www.hamden-ct.com/Content/Business_Cluster_Program.asp
Manufacturing Company in Hamden Expands 
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
J.F.D Tube & Coil Products purchases second building for production expansion J.F.D. Tube & Coil has specialized in manufacturing quality heat transfer equipment since 1983. They take pride in their ability to manufacture quality tube bundles, heat exchangers, coils, and other heat transfer equipment. They have been located in the Hamden Business Park for over 25 years. For further information about J.F.D. Tube & Coil, go to their web page at http://www.jfdcoil.com/. “This is great news to hear that manufacturing has continued to grow in Hamden. It’s important to have a good workforce that can help make these companies successful. Our initiatives in workforce development may prove to be the most important thing we can do for these industries”, stated Dale Kroop, Director of Economic Development and Neighborhood Revitalization.
Hamden Retail and Shopping Center Update 
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Despite the challenges in the retail and shopping center marketplace, Hamden has been getting positive news about its’ largest shopping centers. “We are seeing continued interest in the Magic Mile and interest at Putnam Plaza in terms of alternative uses that will be good in the long run for the tax base and residents”, stated Dale Kroop, Director of Economic Development and Neighborhood Revitalization. The grand opening of Aldi at the Hamden Mart is set for April 12th at 9am, while the moving of the Wine Merchant next to Aldi will be in the summer of 2018. The space left by the wine store as well as remaining space from Bon Ton are under discussion for future leasing by Kimco Realty (https://www.kimcorealty.com/), the owner of the Hamden Mart. A new Sketchers Outlet Store will come to the Hamden Plaza in the space downsized by Marshalls several years ago. Here is the web page of the outlet store in Clinton https://local.skechers.com/ct/clinton/151/. We anticipate the store being open late in 2018/ early 2019. Pokemoto Hawaiian Restaurant https://www.pokemoto.com/ opened recently at the former Froyo World, location at the Plaza.
Hamden Announces Planning Meetings For 2018 Economic Development Plan 
Friday, March 9, 2018
The process of developing a new economic strategy in Hamden moves into high gear over the next several months. The Town has announced numerous meetings for businesses and interested residents to attend. Every 2-3 years the Town renews its strategy for economic development. The process is conducted through the Economic Development Commission (EDC). The Town has had a plan since 1998. The current plan expires on June 30, 2018. “We will use our existing business “infrastructure” and look at the current economic market conditions to evaluate the needs of business and potential investments that need to be made by the Town of Hamden. Like any other business a community must make investments to grow. We will use the exiting Business Cluster committees to conduct forums and our relationships with business leaders to develop a strategy that can contribute to the Town current and future growth”, Stated Dale Kroop who been the Towns Director since 1999. On the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 5:30pm (3rd floor conference room in Government Center), the Hamden EDC will leave time on the normal agenda for public participation and input about pressing business and economic needs in Hamden.
Different Career Opportunities For Our Young People 
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
As part of our initiative to provide different career opportunities for our young people, we will feature traditional and non-traditional learning and career opportunities. Our goal is to retain talent and leaders of tomorrow. We will soon bring many of these options to the kids and parents in Hamden. The following is an example of a non-traditional learning opportunity that I think is a good example of what you can do to develop a marketable job skill https://www.eventbrite.com/e/career-forum-becoming-a-software-developer-tickets-43567459444
Abatement and Demolition Work to Begin at the Former Middle School Site 
Thursday, March 1, 2018
Residents on Newhall and Morse Streets and around the Newhall area of Highwood will see some activity begin over the next few weeks. The abatement and demolition of the former Auditorium at the former Michael J Whalen will begin in mid-March by Wiese Construction, who was the low bidder for the project. The Hamden Economic Development Corporation secured a grant from the CT. Department of Economic and Community Development last spring of 2017. HEDC will administer the grant and manage the project. No Town funds will be required for the project
Centerville Lumber Redevelopment Moves into a New Phase 
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Things are starting to take shape on the overall redevelopment of the former Centerville Lumber site by Jordan Development . The first building will be completed in May of 2018. Amity Physical Therapy will move from the rental space across the street to owning this 32,000 S.F. new facility. APT will soon bring over 20 employees with them and create new opportunities for employment.
Jed Backus appointed Brd of Driectors for NHMR 
Thursday, February 22, 2018
Jed Backus, of Hamden has been appointed to the Board of Directors for The New Haven Middlesex Association of REALTORS* (NHMR) for a one year term, serving as Vice President. Jed Backus is the owner of Backus Real Estate, LLC located on Whitney Avenue in Hamden. His firm specializes in Commercial & Residential sales and consulting throughout the state of Connecticut.
415-416 Mather Street Accepting Applications 
Friday, February 16, 2018
We are please to announce Brand New First Class Rental Apartments in Hamden at Rents You an Afford. Applications Accepted as of Friday February 16, 2018. Construction is nearing completion at 415-417 Mather Street in Hamden in a great quiet location, only one block from Dixwell Avenue. Occupancy is expected in early summer 2018
Update on Canal Crossing Winter of 2018 
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
As we move in the second month of 2018, Canal Crossing, the 393 unit apartment development on Mather Street has progressed as planned. The third building, the last of Phase One, will be completed in the spring of 2018. The 165 unit first phase includes the clubhouse and the pool for the entire complex. The final completion date for the entire project is 2019. Of the 114 units open in the first two buildings, 88% of the market rate units are rented. Several of the units designated under the Affordable Housing Program are available in efficiencies and one or two bedrooms. Units under the Affordable Housing Program are typically around 30% less expensive than the market rate units.

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