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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.

New Business Openings

Mama Rosa's Pizza Opens on Putnam Avenue 
Monday, July 30, 2018
With an established business in North Haven, Dr. Joyce Bellamy and Frank Carr have opened a second Mama Rosa’s Pizza in Hamden at 23 Putnam Ave. The family owned business will be serving pizza, cold subs, nutritional smoothies, shakes, ice cream and offer free delivery with purchases of $15 or more. For more information about the restaurant visit their Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/mamarosanorthhaven/) or you can call (203)-248-6262. For more information about new businesses in Hamden, please contact: Dale Kroop
Former World Champion Boxer to open Gym in Hamden 
Monday, July 23, 2018
Chad Dawson has been shaped by boxing, rising from his childhood in New Haven to the pinnacle of the sport, and came away with the right to forever claim the title of world champion. Now, Dawson is hoping to share the lessons he learned over the course of his career with the next generation, as he opens Chad Dawson’s Championship Breed Boxing at 295 Treadwell St., Unit C-6, in Hamden. Dawson, the son of a prizefighter, said he began boxing at 8 years old, following in his father’s footsteps. He began to study under Brian Clark, the trainer at Ring One gym, and fell in love with the sport. The gym provided a home away from home, Dawson said — something to do after school each day and a place of refuge when he needed it. “I want kids to feel that same experience that I felt — having a place to come. If something’s not working over here, you can always come here and feel wanted and loved,” said Dawson. “I always had that growing up.”
Modern Thrift - Redefining Thrift... 
Friday, July 13, 2018
For twenty years, Sue Kuselias and Jodee Webb, sister-in-laws and long time Hamden residents, have been conjuring up the store of their dreams. They knew it had to be beautiful, charming, affordable and a place they would want to hang out. They seriously considered opening a store way back when but then they quickly remembered that they had a combined total of 6 small kiddies between the two of them, so it probably wasn’t the most opportune time.

HEDC News

Hamden Business Incubator Progress Update 
Friday, November 2, 2018
The Hamden Economic Development Corporation (HEDC) is pleased to provide the following update regarding the Hamden Business Incubator. The Hamden Business incubator is owned and is currently being developed by the Hamden Economic Development Corporation. The project began in 2016 is currently in the middle of the Phase II of construction. This phase will be concluded in the spring of 2019 and we will welcome the first tenants at that time. Phase... 3 will begin in some time 2019. Funding for the project comes from several sources, The CT Department of Economic and Community Development (Brownfield and Urban Act funding), funding from the Federal Economic Development Administration and Historic Tax Credits, including Bridge lending by Guilford Savings Bank. “We have been very fortune so far to not ask the Hamden taxpayers for any funds for this important project. We are taking a historic treasure and making it functional again to benefit the local economy, create jobs, encourage business development and help reduce blight in the Highwood/Newhall Neighborhood.”, stated Dale Kroop Executive Director of the Hamden Economic Development Corporation.
Progress Made at Former Middle School Site 
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
There will soon be a small but a significant step towards the redevelopment of the former middle school site. Contractors are wrapping up the abatement of asbestos and other hazardous materials in the auditorium at the former Michael J Whalen Middle School. The Hamden Economic Development Corporation has managed the project and has been working with BL Companies and Wiese Construction since January with the goal of the demolition of this building and removal of pavement around it. It also includes the attached hallway to the main classroom building. The estimated project cost will be $500,000 and is being paid for entirely by a grant secured by HEDC from the State Department of Economic and Community Development.
HAMDEN RECEIVES $600,000 FOR BROWNFIELD CLEANUP AT FORMER MIDDLE SCHOOL 
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Good news was delivered this week to Hamden. On Tuesday 2/14, Hamden was notified by the CT Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), that the Hamden Economic Development Corporation has been awarded $600,000 for the asbestos cleanup and demolition of the Auditorium at the location of the former Michael J Whalen Middle School. The 16,000 S.F. structure has substantial asbestos contamination and is severely blighted.

Cluster News

Home Based Businesses Get Recognition 
Friday, April 22, 2016
Hamden held its first meeting of over 25 solopreneurs which included a turn out of all different business types such as law, lawn care, financial, college counseling and investment groups. During this meeting, the topics discussed included any other required permits, client advertising, marketing and financing and the valuation of personal property for tax purposes
Location Change: Important Health Care Meeting March 20 
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
On Thursday March 20th from 830 till 10 am at Atria Larson Place, the Town of Hamden’s Health Care Cluster will attend the Chamber’s Health Care Committee as a partner for economic growth in Hamden and in the region.
Overview of Cluster Strategy 
Monday, December 3, 2012
Hamden’s Cluster strategy is part of our efforts to meet the needs of small business in a more structured and focused way. For the last ten years, Hamden has used the Business Cluster approach to plan effective strategies for community revitalization as well as to serve as a catalyst for economic growth.

Featured Business

Legendary Business Re-Opens at New Clothing Location 
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Hamden businessman Donald J. Camerato has re-opened his men’s clothing store on Whitney Avenue, at the corner of Dixwell. His new shop, residing in a commercial complex he helped design in the 1980s offers high quality shirts, ties, suits, custom tailoring, and consulting services. Camerato hopes that his unique wares and attention to detail will draw customers in an age of mass production and online shopping. Growing up on Bradley Avenue in Hamden, Don Camerato got his start in business in his early 20s. After working retail and acquiring a passion for clothing, he decided to open his own store at 22 years old. He opened his first location in 1964 and named his clothing line D’Camm Limited. He had small shop built from the ground up in 1967 and before long, two more locations sprouted- one in Fairfield, and one in the newly developed Hartford Civic Center. At one point, he was offered the Presidency and 40% of Kramers Fur, a furriery that did more than $6 million in sales at the time. Despite the lucrative offer, Camarato turned it down, preferring to focus his attention on his own brand. In 1973, he became the youngest president of the Hamden Chamber of Commerce.
Lucky Ewe Irish Goods 
Monday, June 19, 2017
Hamden is proud to promote unique, local businesses that are independently owned and operated. For this edition, we will feature Lucky Ewe. Lucky Ewe Irish Goods located at 2371 Whitney Ave, across from the old Hamden Town Hall, opened in November 2015 and offers a beautiful collection of Celtic inspired gifts, clothing, jewelry, and crafts. The idea of Lucky Ewe came to owner and former Hamdenite Katie O’Neill Regan some 4 years ago. As she came from a visit to Quinnipiac’s Great Hunger Museum, she stopped off at her Irish borne father’s grave and had the idea of opening an Irish gift store. Mary Beth Radigan, Katie’s childhood neighbor and friend along with her niece Tara O’Neill shared her passion for the idea and became her business partners, also known as the Ladies of Lucky Ewe. Working with Hamden’s Economic Development team, they were able to transform the idea into a wonderful business

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