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It Was a Busy 2017 in Economic Development in Hamden! 

Wednesday, January 3, 2018
It’s time to look back on what we have accomplished over the last year. We often go through the holidays thinking about what we are doing after the New Year’s celebration. So let’s look at what actually happened in 2017 and what is in the pipeline for 2018. The Hamden economy is affected by the state and national economy. Given those influences, we have been fortunate to have not lost any significant amount of businesses or jobs in 2017. I believe that this is based on the diversity of our businesses and our efforts to retain them under our Business Cluster Program. Hamden’s unemployment rate is always roughly a half percent lower than the region as a whole, but workforce development remains the most important issue for employers. The unemployment rate keeps getting lower, creating new challenges in meeting employer’s needs.
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It's National Write a Business Plan Month 

Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Its National Write a Business Plan Month by the SBA. See the link below. Did you know that Hamden has a Business Assistance Center that coaches you on how to write your business plan. Go to http://hamden-ct.com/Content/Buiness_Assistance_Center.asp for more information. https://www.sba.gov/…/pl…/write-your-business-plan-template…
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Hamden Economic Development Commission Begins Planning for 2018 

Tuesday, December 19, 2017
As 2017 comes to a close, the Hamden Economic Development Commission will soon begin discussions on a new plan for Economic Development for when the current plan runs out on June 30th, 2018. The current plan can be found on the department’s web page at www.hamden-ct.com. Since 1998, there has continuously been a 2-3 year economic development plan offering incentives for business retention and attraction, while expanding technical assistance programs. The programs and services have assured a strong program for business attraction and business retention. The plan is amended and reapproved at each expiration date by the Economic Development Commission and the Town Legislative Council.
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Hamden Auto Body Celebrates Expansion 

Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Hamden Auto Body a family owned business on Dixwell Avenue for 25 years recently expanded. Hamden Auto Body invested over $700,000 in interior and exterior improvements. Hamden Auto Body received business incentives from the Town of Hamden through the Business Incentive Program.

Hamden Auto Body performs all aspects of collision repair on all makes and models including framework, mechanical, electrical, body and refinish. Hamden Auto body will handle your insurance claim from A to Z, from calling in your claim to arranging final payment. Hamden Auto Body's staff is committed to making your collission repair experience as smooth and painless as possible including on-site rentals with Enterprise Rent-A-Car.
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Job Readiness of Students in Today's Competitive World 

Wednesday, November 29, 2017
As the economy evolves, the Town of Hamden must prepare its young people for a job market that offers many opportunities. Students and parents should have the knowledge of and have access to post High School opportunities for all forms of training including from a four year college or other vocational training. “The most important issue facing business today is a well prepared, qualified workforce. The key industries in Hamden and in the region provide jobs in health care, construction, home repairs, light manufacturing and technology. These jobs require not only skills provided through a strong public education system, but also skills that can be learned outside of a four year college. We want to share opportunities about the local and regional economy and how that translates to making a livable wage.” stated Dale Kroop, Director of Economic Development and Neighborhood Revitalization. The idea for this collaboration grew out of Mr. Kroops' participation as Co-Chair of the Workforce and Housing subcommittee for the (regional) Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). It is very important to the Town’s future to retain our talented young people. They will be the business leaders of tomorrow and will be part of the civic infrastructure of the Town of Hamden and the greater New Haven region. “Hamden’s youth are the core of our future as a town. It is our responsibility as municipal and community leaders to ensure that the path to a successful career is available for every child, teen, and young adult in our communities. This program will connect our youth directly to our local businesses and tradesmen, providing valuable life lessons and opportunities to our students. I commend Mr. Kroop and the BOE on their efforts to begin this program, and I look forward to the many benefits it will bring in the months and years ahead.”
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Calling All Highwood and East-Side Residents! 

Thursday, November 2, 2017
Mayor Curt Balzano Leng is asking residents of the Highwood and State Street communities to get involved in their neighborhood once again. “I am reaching out to the residents of the Highwood and State Street neighborhoods in an effort to create a new Neighborhood Revitalization Zone committee, or NRZ for short. Historically, NRZs in CT have helped to shape and improve communities with a diversity of needs. I believe that we have great potential to continue the good work we have been doing here in Hamden by forming a new NRZ committee in both the Highwood and State Street communities. These neighborhood groups sincerely make a difference, and I encourage any interested residents to participate.”
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Hamden Real Estate Market Continues to be Strong 

Friday, October 13, 2017
Press/Cuozzo Commercial Services is pleased to announce that Stephen Press, SIOR, co-principal of Press/Cuozzo Commercial Services, represented Town Hall Center LLC on the sale of a two building mixed use portfolio located at 2340-2348 Whitney Avenue. A Private investor acquired the portfolio for $3,150,000. Totaling 23,320 S.F, the properties were 100% occupied with a mix of retail and office tenants.
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Manufacturing Grows in Hamden 

Monday, October 2, 2017
Hamden is pleased to announce a construction material handling equipment company will be moving to and expanding in Hamden.

Tri-Lift is a full-service material handling equipment dealer and warehouse solutions experts! They carry name brand equipment. Our brands include Big Joe, CAT, Jungheinrich, Linde, Mitsubishi, Genie, JLG and Terex. Tri-Lift has four other locations throughout the Northeast including New Haven CT, Enfield CT, Albany NY and Farmingdale NY.

“We are excited to see Tri-Lift come to Hamden. It is a great company that will bring valuable services and jobs to the Town”, stated Dale Kroop, Director of Economic Development and Neighborhood Revitalization.

Tri-Lift will occupy the 18,000 SF building on 1050 Sherman Avenue, former location of Burt Processing and Sloan Cars. They will bring initially bring 6 jobs to the new location and will create several new jobs over the next few years. It is anticipated that Tri-lift will invest in real estate and personal property upgrades.
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Hamden Mayor Launches Unique Cost-Saving Initiative 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017
HAMDEN, Conn, (Sept 14, 2017) - on September 7, Hamden Mayor Curt Leng accompanied United Illuminating (UI) authorized contractor CME Energy Services as they performed a Home Energy Solutions energy assessment on the home of Hamden Director of Economic Development & Neighborhood Revitalization Dale Kroop.

This event marked the official launch of a unique cost-saving program where Hamden will pay the $149 co-pay for the first 50 residents who sign-up for Home Energy Solutions. As an active participant in the Clean Energy Communities program offered through the Energize Connecticut initiative, Hamden has elected to use $7,500 of its earned $15,000 Bright Idea Grant to cover these costs.

Providing approximately $1,000 worth of energy-saving products and services, Home Energy Solutions saves the average home around $200 in annual energy costs
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Town Energy Efficiency Coordinator Makes Great Strides For Taxpayers 

Friday, September 15, 2017
The Town‘s efforts to hire an Energy Services Coordinator in 2017 is beginning to pay dividends for Hamden’s taxpayers. Kathleen Schomaker, Hamden’s Energy Efficiency Coordinator began her part time position earlier this year as part of the Economic Development and Neighborhood Revitalization Department. “Adding Kath’s expertise was a critical move to help to continue providing valuable services to both residents and small businesses”, noted Dale Kroop, Director. Ms. Schomaker recently oversaw the LED lighting upgrade at the Lou Astorino Ice Rink at no cost to the town, paid for with a grant and zero-interest loan repaid from savings. On behalf of Hamden residents, she is collaborating with United Illuminating on Energize Hamden 2017, launching on September 18 in media outlets around town. “This program offers residents Home Energy Services (HES) at a substantial savings,” reported Ms. Schomaker. “Hamden homeowners who get their HES ‘blower door’ test can feel immediate benefits in home comfort while also seeing savings on their on their energy bills. This is a not-to-be-missed service in advance of our next Connecticut winter!” At the same time, Ms. Schomaker is working on Solarize Hamden 2017 with Smart Power, a national non-profit specializing in community-based solar campaigns, and with Connecticut Green Bank, specializing in financing for energy projects state-wide. The launch of Solarize Hamden 2017 is on September 28 at 7:00 pm in Thornton Wilder Hall. The Solarize campaign runs through February 14, 2017.

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