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Workforce Development Session 3: The Trades 

Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Hamden’s Department of Economic and Neighborhood Development is pleased to announce the next panel that is part of Hamden’s workforce series titled, “Everyone Gets a Job; Exploring Career and Technical Educational Opportunities”. This series is focused on the career opportunities for Hamden residents, particularly children entering or leaving middle school or entering or currently in high school. This session will be videotaped. Panelists will be speaking about opportunities in Hamden for the Technical and Construction Trades: Mary Moran from Eli Whitney Technical School Eddie Ryan for Ryan Oil and Heating: Plumbing and Heating Careers Dan Fuller: Gateway Community College: Auto Technology Careers Amy Blackwood for the AFL-CIO to discuss Construction Careers for Women.
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New Tenants Announced at Marketplace in Hamden 

Thursday, February 7, 2019
At Marketplace, one of Hamden’s premier shopping center, two new tenants will arrive in 2019. Ulta Health and Beauty Products will move into the former Modell’s space. They will relocate from North Haven. Ulta sells hair, skin, bath and body products as well as beauty services for women of all ages. Their web site is https://www.ulta.com/ Orangetheory Fitness will move into the remaining space formerly occupied by TJ Max, next to Platos Closet. Orangetheory Fitness customizes workouts and nutrition plans in a group format while showing the physiological results on heart and health monitors throughout the gym. To learn more about Orangetheory Fitness, go to https://www.orangetheoryfitness.com/
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Hamden Economic Development Corporation Awarded $9,158 

Tuesday, February 5, 2019
Avangrid/UI Holdings recently awarded the Hamden Economic Development Corporation $9,158 from the Neighborhood Assistance Act for the Hamden Business Incubator. The Neighborhood Assistance Act is a program that offers tax credits for worthy projects by non-profit organizations. The Hamden Economic Development Corporation is a non-profit development corporation with a 501C4 designation under the federal IRS.
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Only One week left to Register for STEM Workshop 

Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Hamden’s Department of Economic and Neighborhood Development is pleased to announce the first two panels that are part of the new workforce series titled, “Everyone Gets a Job; Exploring Career and Technical Educational Opportunities”. Tuesday, February 5th at 630 pm in the Friends Room at the Miller Library. Panelists will be speaking about Hamden‘s new STEM academy at the high school in 2019/20 and will include
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SMB Networks LLC moves to 2519 Whitney Avenue  

Monday, January 28, 2019
SMB Networks is a technology services company that recently moved to 2519 Whitney Avenue. Founded in 2006 by Peter Verlezza, SMB’s mission is to build long term, committed relationships with raving fans. SMB‘s services include computer and network support, VOIP, managed network services, website design, mobile apps, SEO/SEM.
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State Street Redevelopment Continues at Former Stereo Station site.  

Friday, January 18, 2019
One of the great real estate turnaround stories in Hamden of 2018/2019 is the remediation and rehabilitation of 2259 State Street. Vacant for over 10 years, the Hamden Economic Development Corporation was tasked with the strategy and execution of a turnaround plan. The owners had passed away and the property became abandoned and blighted.

Dale Kroop is the Executive Director of the Hamden Economic Development Corporation and has been managing the project, “We are seeing progress towards a rehabilitated Quanset Hut and a tax producing property again. We have procured a developer/business who will repurpose it as a car dealership called Value Auto. Projects like this are exactly what the corporation was intended for.”
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Healthcare Panelisit Announced - Everyone Gets a Job 

Monday, January 7, 2019
On Thursday January 24th at 630 pm in the Senior Center at the Miller Library, the Town will host its first panel on Health Care careers for parents and students. The panelists will talk about educational requirements, the job market and the earning potential in the health care marketplace. Health Care is the fastest growing part of the Hamden and regional economy so come and hear what different parts of this sector have to say.
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Workforce Development Series Announcement 

Thursday, January 3, 2019
Hamden’s Department of Economic and Neighborhood Development is pleased to announce the first two panels that are part of the new workforce series 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. Panelists will be from the private sector employers and educators. Panelists will discuss career options, educational or training requirements and earning potential.
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The Transformation of Putnam Place Begins 

Tuesday, December 18, 2018
A new energy is about to transform the former Acme Mall site after years of vacancy and a lack of foot traffic.

Porter and Chester technical school will open in the early part of 2019 and will bring hundreds of students and over 70 jobs to Putnam Place, including up to 10 new teaching positions. Porter and Chester, which offers programs in automotive technology, computer and networking, heating and ventilation, and more, will relocate to Hamden from their Branford campus and almost double their size. Porter and Chester was once the Connecticut School of Electronics in New Haven. They will operate three shifts of classes, bringing life throughout the day and evening to Putnam Place.

A new CVS Pharmacy will be built at the corner of Putnam and Dixwell Avenue, replacing the current building on site. Construction for the new CVS was approved on December 11th at the Town Planning and Zoning Commission meeting. Two tenants from the existing building on site will relocate to other locations in Hamden and the third tenant will retire. The new 14,000 sq. ft. structure will open later in 2019. New jobs will be created for this location.
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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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