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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. The workshops will be held in 2019 at the public libraries, Churches, civic meetings, at PTAs and at the schools. The sessions will also be taped for viewing on line. “The idea is to hold these sessions where the parents and children are. We want everyone to have knowledge of educational and training opportunities that are out there,” continued Mr. Kroop. The workshops will be sector based and will be focused on both the public school options for training and education as well as what is offered in alternative places or by the private sector. For example, the Hamden Public School system offers many opportunities in Health Care, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) which leads students on a track for a four-year college. However not every student can either afford and is interested in those options. This program will explore different pathways for the training of the current workforce. In the case of Information Technology (IT), there are both public and private education options to learn IT skills i.e. Coding, HTML and Virtual Reality.
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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.
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Hamden Business Incubator 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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 connection of jobs that spin off and businesses that are impacted by one “cheese job”.
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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 and Rachel Rosen
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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

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