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2259 State Street Poised for Remediation and Renovation 
Monday, August 27, 2018
A long time eyesore on State Street in Hamden will finally be cleaned up and re-opened as the Value Auto Center, car sales. As part of Hamden long time strategy for brownfield development, the Hamden Economic Development Corporation (HEDC) is pleased to announce a new development at the former Stereo Station site.
Hamden Restaurant Week on tap September 24 to 29 
Monday, August 27, 2018
The Hamden Regional Chamber of Commerce and presenting sponsor Bankwell, are pleased to announce its 8th Annual Hamden Restaurant Week from Monday, September 24 through Saturday, September 29. Open to any restaurant in Hamden, participants must agree to offer either a $9 to $15 prix fixe lunch, a $20 to $35 prix fixe dinner (or both), or a buy-one-get-one option. Anyone who owns a restaurant in Hamden and would like to participate in Restaurant Week, is asked to please contact the Chamber office at 203-288-6431 for full details. We’re looking forward to promoting all our great restaurants for this un-fork-gettable week! To see the growing list of participating restaurants visit iloverestaurantweek.com or find us on Facebook at Hamden Restaurant Week. For additional information on this or other HRCC programs and events, or to inquire about membership, please call 203-288-6431 or visit www.hamdenregionalchamber.com.
The Supply Chain of Cheese 
Wednesday, August 8, 2018
What do you think about when you look at a package of Mozzarella Cheese? Do you think about economic development? No you probably think about lasagna or pizza! This kind of cheese and many others are manufactured at Liuzzi Cheese in Hamden CT and sold in 31 states. Because of this demand, many people have jobs to make, sell and distribute the cheese as well as other products. I’ve learned about the incredible number of interdisciplinary jobs that connect together and other businesses needed to make and distribute the cheese. What I’m talking about is called supply chain. Economic Developers think of supply chain in terms like output growth or the multiplier effect. For example this might include the number of jobs that come from directly or indirectly one manufacturing job. The “chain” is the
Hamden Economic Development Corporation Announces New Board Members 
Friday, August 3, 2018
The Hamden Economic Development Corporation (HEDC) and its sister organization the New Colony Development Corporation (NCDC) is pleased to announce new board members. “We are pleased to announce three very qualified professionals for our Board of Directors that bring significant experience in the field of brownfield and redevelopment”, stated HEDC President Steven Rolnick. The Hamden Economic Development Corporation (501c4) and the New Colony Development Corporation (501c3) are both non-profit Development Corporations charged with the redevelopment of blighted properties, to increase the grand list, to create job opportunities and to improve the quality of life and safety for all residents. The new board members are; Cathy DeFrances David Golebiewski Rachel Rosen
Centerville Lumber is Ready for its Debut 
Friday, July 20, 2018
Hamden is starting to show some noticeable changes. The former Centerville Lumber site has many buildings that are almost complete. Amity Physical Therapy is officially opened in the old Centerville Lumber building. The new location is on 2320 Whitney Ave and is 32,000 square feet. To take a virtual tour of the new Amity Physical Therapy building in Hamden, please go to www.amitypt.com/hamden/ Roost, a new restaurant owned by Eli’s Restaurant Group, is scheduled to open August 8th of this year. This restaurant is dedicated to creating the ultimate chicken sandwich, but the menu is not just limited to sandwiches. Roost also offers salads, grain bowls, and milkshakes for people who want to satisfy their sweet tooth The Residence Inn by Marriott is still under construction, but will be finished by the summer of 2019
Former Hamden Middle School Auditorium Demolition Begins 
Friday, July 13, 2018
On Tuesday July 10th demolition began at the location of the former Hamden Middle School in anticipation of Mutual Housing’s proposed Spring Rose Garden Project. This project will provide 87 mixed-income units and a new community center. When it was discovered that the building and surrounding neighborhood were built on a former landfill and contamination was found, a significant remediation project began and continues today under the Newhall Consent Order. The Hamden Economic Development Corporation, a 501c4 not-for-profit corporation, was assigned the responsibility to raise the grant funding to manage the abatement and demolition of two buildings on the site. The abatement and demolition of the auditorium will be completed within the next 3 weeks. Immediately following this project will be the demolition of the former cafeteria, which will likely be completed by the fall. “This demolition has been a long time in the making and we are very excited for the start of construction on the affordable housing development. I think it will be a great asset for the neighborhood while also greatly enhancing the economy of Hamden”, stated Dale Kroop, Executive Director of Hamden Economic Development Corporation.
Sherman Heights Bakery Brings More Sweets and Eats to Hamden 
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
The Town of Hamden will welcome a new location for a familiar business in the near future. After opening its initial baked goods production facility in 1998 in Hamden, Sherman Heights Bakery is planning to open a retail bakery storefront at 2784 Whitney Avenue in 2019. The 860 square foot house will be converted into a bakery and will allow residents to purchase the daily breakfast sandwich or cupcake. The owner of Sherman Heights Bakery, Sylvester (Sal) Botte, has been in the business for over twenty years and is thrilled about the opening of the storefront. “We’re looking forward to the opening. We’ve been on Sherman Ave for twenty years. We’ve had sort of a following and this new storefront will certainly put us out there again.” All production will continue at the 935 Sherman Avenue location, as it has been for over two decades. The business expansion has not gone unnoticed by the Town. After Botte’s request to convert the 860 square foot property into a bakery, the Town agreed to provide a small grant for site improvements through the Town’s Business Incentive Program. Also through the program, the Town waived a portion of the building permit fees. Additionally, the Town has provided Botte a fixed property assessment period of three years for the new storefront.
Focus on Small Business: The Public Adjuster 
Friday, June 22, 2018
The Town of Hamden is pleased to focus this month on one of Hamden’s more successful small businesses The Public’s Adjuster. The Public’s Adjuster, owned by Todd Moler, opened its doors in Hamden in July of 2011 at the location of the iconic former Kamp and Neilson building at 2935 Dixwell Avenue across from Town Hall. The Public Adjuster’s office could not be located in a better spot. It is at a vital intersection at the corner of Dixwell and Whitney. Coming from either of these two major roads it is hard to miss. The Public’s Adjuster is recognized by the Connecticut Association of Public Insurance Adjusters (CAPIA) and is a member of the Better Business Bureau, receiving an A+ rating. According to their website: “The mission of The Public’s Adjuster LLC is to support and represent the interests of individuals filing insurance claims, to help them receive a fair and accurate settlement”. Todd’s business currently employs 15 people and he is in the process of adding one more. He believes that locating his business in Hamden has been the key to its success because the town provides a good business environment. “It’s a big town and a small town at the same time”. As an independent company, Todd’s business represents the interests of insurance policy holders and fights for proper compensation for their insurance claims. Moler owned his own antique home restoration company for 15 years and then went on to work in the insurance industry as a high-value property adjuster for 16 years. Near the end of his time working for the insurance carrier, he began to argue against some of the company’s decisions. He had enough and decided to leave the company to represent individuals and fight against the very people he used to work for. During his time in the insurance industry Todd realized that while he was representing the insurance company in the claims that clients brought forward, they did not have any representation and nobody was looking out for their interests. With this realization Todd started his business, The Public’s Adjuster.
Hamden High DECA Program Success at State & International Competitions 
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Hamden High School again has demonstrated the success of their impeccable program after winning top honors at the State and International level. Distributive Education Clubs of America, DECA for short, is an international organization that “prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the world”. The program offers a real hands-on approach to learning and prepares students for success in both college and in their future careers. Along with competitions, the Hamden program runs a school store that helps to raise money for charity. The faculty leader of the program, Bryan Anderson, says that the program “lets the students come out with a solid basic background in business studies so that they are more prepared when they go off to college”. Bryan started off working for GE working in a management training program. He was about to get a big promotion when he decided to become an educator. When Hamden started the DECA program 20 years ago, they offered Bryan a position. Since he took control, Hamden High School has found a lot of success. In the time that Hamden High has offered DECA, 367 students have won at the state level and the program has even achieved 2 First Place awards at the international level. Around the world, 19,000 high school students presented their projects across 50 different events.
Very Busy Summer in the Highwood/Newhall Community 
Friday, June 15, 2018
The Town is getting ready for a busy summer at the old middle school. There will be significant progress made in the community on several approved projects. “Our goal is to ensure, to the best of our ability, that the public knows there will be a lot of positive progress made in the Highwood/Newhall neighborhoods this summer. We plan to have letters sent out to all households in the neighborhood notifying residents of upcoming work and expected community improvements.” said Hamden Mayor Curt Balzano Leng.

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