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Featured Business-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 Goods located at 2371 Whitney Avenue, across from the old Hamden Town Hall, opened in November 2015 and offers a beautiful collection of Celtic inspired gifts, clothing, jewelry and crafts.

Hamden DECA Students Find Success in Anaheim 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Students that are part of Hamden’s DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) chapter competed in the annual International Career Development Conference in Anaheim this past April. Over 19,000 high school students from around the world competed in about 50 events, showcasing their projects. DECA prepares high school and college students for future careers in the fields of marketing, finance, hospitality, and management. Of the 31 students who participated in Anaheim, 28 of them finished in the top 20%.

Young Developers Contractors Expanding on Crest Way 

Tuesday, June 13, 2017
The Town of Hamden is proud to announce the continued expansion of Young Developers LLC, a full service roofing contractor located at 42 Crestway. The small, homegrown firm offers a wide variety of materials for their roofs including tile, copper, cedar, slate, and asphalt. Young Developers also provides snow removal, and siding and gutter installation. The company has completed numerous impressive projects over the past several years including the Alternative Center for Excellence in Danbury, the Westport Town Hall, Bristol Historical Society, and the Terry Conners Ice Rink in Stamford. “Small businesses are critical to the health of Hamden’s economy” said Hamden Economic Development and Neighborhood Revitalization Director Dale Kroop. “We were pleased that the company was able to get the help they needed from the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development Business Express Program so they can continue to grow.”

Application and Webcoding Training 

Tuesday, May 2, 2017
The Town of Hamden is pleased to announce a collaboration between Checkmate, a full service digital agency and Learn To Program TV. There will be an information session on an exciting Boot Camp that will soon be available for people interested in developing skills in coding and other tech skills for the 21st century. The Information session about Framework will be held at Checkmate on Thursday May 11th at 6P.M. at Whitneyville Cultural Commons at 1253 Whitney Avenue. Framework is Connecticut’s own boot camp program to train new web and mobile developers. Framework is distributed and owned by Learn to Program.TV, based in New Haven.

Centerville Lumber Site Redevelopment Moves Forward 

Thursday, April 27, 2017
After years of planning, construction has begun at the former site of Centerville Lumber. The site at 2320 Whitney Avenue has been cleared of all of the old barns and pavement and the site work continues for the multi- faceted development.
Construction of the Residence Inn by Marriot will begin this spring and be completed in early 2018, while the rehabilitation and conversion of the Centerville Lumber building into Amity Physical Therapy will continue throughout the summer and fall of 2017. A yet to be named restaurant will likely occupy the front building formerly leased by Brandman’s Paint.

Town Expands Relationship With Albertus Magnus College 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Roughly one year ago, Hamden began a relationship with Albertus Magnus College focused on baseball. Albertus now plays collegiate baseball at the newly rebuilt Rochford Field. On Monday night the Hamden Legislative Council approved a Memorandum of Agreement with Albertus Magnus College for the two parties to collaborate on several new areas including; • 10% Discount of tuition for Hamden Employees at Albertus Magnus College. • Promotion of internship opportunities within the Town Departments • Collaboration on Career Fairs • Lunch and Learn Sessions for Town employees

Business Cluster News 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Hamden’s Department of Economic Development and Neighborhood Revitalization announces the dates for two of Hamden’s Business Cluster meetings. “Having regular meetings with key economic drivers in Hamden is an important part of our DNA. These business owners who often are our neighbors and are homeowners deserve the most attention we can give them. We value their work and aim to provide value to them. There is nothing more important than business retention and meeting with our local business clusters is the perfect way to do it”, stated Dale Kroop, Director. Business Clusters are a collection of businesses categorized by industry that are major taxpayers and employers. The idea of the Hamden Cluster initiative is to work with local businesses as a group to gauge how they are doing and respond to their needs. The Town conducts Business Cluster meetings throughout the year as part of the long-range planning for the Hamden Economic Development Commission.

Workforce Development Cluster News 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Many studies show that the most critical need facing employers, particularly manufacturers is a skilled workforce. As part of the Town of Hamden commitment to Workforce Readiness, participants from several programs at the ML Keefe Center got a chance to visit one of Hamden’s successful manufacturing and reconditioning facilities, Airline Accessory Service Company at 455 Putnam Avenue. Airline Accessory Service Company (AASCO) offers complete in house overhaul capabilities for air Turbine starters, starter control, environmental control, and anti-icing valves from leading aerospace manufacturers including Honeywell, Parker, Hamilton Sundstrand and more. Airline Accessory Service Company Galley Equipment capabilities include the repair, overhaul and modification of refrigerators, freezers, air chillers, conventional ovens, convection ovens, warmers, coffee makers and water boilers. AASCO is Factory Authorized to support the entire Sundstrand Corp Galley products. Roughly 25 participants of Hamden’s Pathway to Work Program, the Adult Education ESL Program and Computer and Job Readiness class teachers were on hand for a tour of the business facilities, which was held on March 23rd, 2017. AASCO founder, Lance Blomberg described his story on how he built his business and what the production process is for the many services that they provide. Mr. Blomberg also outlined the skills and knowledge that is needed to work in the Aerospace Industry.

Hamden DECA Program Nets Numerous State Awards 

Tuesday, April 4, 2017
On to Anaheim for International Competition in April. Hamden DECA has had another great year with 32 students winning awards, for a total of 19 trophies. Hamden has had a top DECA program for many years DECA stands for Distributive Education Clubs of America. It is an international association of marketing students and provides members and advisors with development activities. DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. DECA activities provide authentic, experiential learning methods to prepare members for college and careers. Partnerships with businesses at local and broader levels provide DECA members realistic insight into industry and promote meaningful, relevant learning. As in the global economy, a spark of competition drives DECA members to excel and improve their performance. Mayor Leng expressed his pride in the Hamden students. “I would like to extend my sincere congratulations to Hamden DECA on another outstanding year of educational achievement and leadership. I am continually impressed by the accomplishments of Hamden DECA students, and I commend them all for their dedication to learning and career development. Thanks also to program director Bryan Anderson for his excellent work in guiding and preparing our students as they pursue college education and career opportunities.”

Fluent Comes to Highwood 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017
A new business is about to open at Highwood Square at 943 Dixwell Avenue, directly adjacent to Burger King at the corner of Morse and Dixwell. Fluent is more than a clothing company. It is a community that thrives on creativity and seeks to help support rising artists from around the country. Fluent collaborates with a different artist each month and print limited clothing lines developed from these collaborations. One month might be a graffiti artist from New York and the next month could be a musician from Los Angeles. At Fluent, they define artists by those who “Express Themselves and Inspire Others.”

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