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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…
Hamden Prepares Three-Year Economic Development Plan 
Monday, September 24, 2018
Since 1998, the Town of Hamden has had in place a 2-3 year action plan that provides incentives and services for business looking to expand or locate in Hamden. It also provides programs to market the Town and to improve neighborhoods. Dale Kroop, who has been the Director of the program since 1999, is currently preparing the final draft of the plan that will be presented to the Legislative Council for approval before the end of 2018.
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

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