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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.”


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.


Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Hamden welcomes Rickey and Jessica Traynham and their three children! A closing for the Zero energy home was held on February 3rd for a family of five from New Haven who will live in the 1800 SF 3 bedroom 2.5 bath home, located at 499 Newhall Street (immediately across the street from the Hamden Business Incubator) and built by the Hamden Economic Development Corporation.


Friday, January 27, 2017
As the photo shows, the last truck load filled with lead covered building materials was hauled off site, completing the latest phase of construction at the future home of the Hamden Business Incubator, the home of the former Newhall Community Center at 496 Newhall Street. This $2 Million phase included significant interior demolition, the complete replacement of the roof, structural work, carpentry, site work preparation and the removal of virtually all remaining asbestos and lead in the building. It also included the removal of a 6,000 gallon oil tank. The following also shows some before and after pictures of areas of the building, which was sold to the Hamden Economic Development Corporation (HEDC) in 2013 by the Town of Hamden.

Progress Continues on Two Important Projects 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Two projects approved over the last couple years continue towards completion. Both are new construction.

Doctor Robert Henry will soon complete his new 10,000 Square Foot medical office building at the corner of Whitney Avenue and Todd Street. This project is directly in front of Trailside Village 55+ condominiums. This project was approved in 2015 and is among a few medical office developments that are actively under way or in planning stages.

Lake Whitney Apartments

The first half of the $45 million, 393 apartment complex at 380 Mather the former home of the Leonard concrete pipe facility located near the corner of Mather and Dixwell Avenue continues on schedule. A total of 200 apartments will come on line in 2017 with the remaining units in 2018.

The majority of the apartments will be one bedroom for working professionals with a mix of some one and two bedrooms units. Most are market are units while 20% will be considered affordable under Hamden’s zoning regulations.

Press Cuozzo Arranges $10M Sale 

Thursday, January 19, 2017
HAMDEN, CT – Stephen Press, SIOR, Principal of Press/Cuozzo Commercial Services, is pleased to announce that he and Senior Advisor Ted Schaffer have completed the off-market sale of the Hamden Center II complex, consisting of an 80,000 SF Class A Office Building and 20,000 SF of retail space located at 2321 Whitney Avenue, in the business center of Hamden, CT.

Economic and Community Development Department Expands 

Thursday, January 12, 2017
The Town of Hamden has expanded the role of its long-time Director, Dale Kroop, whose contract was recently extended through 2018. The new department will continue its long running Economic and Community Development program and will add two new focus areas to its responsibilities, energy and neighborhood revitalization. “I am very pleased to continue our successful relationship with Director Kroop, and I look forward to the many positive changes coming to the Economic Development Department. These renewed and expanded focuses on energy and neighborhood revitalization are key elements of establishing long-term growth and sustainability within Hamden’s residential and commercial districts.” The area of energy as an economic development catalyst is an important focus of this department shift. “In the past the town handled the energy issues on an adhoc basis with no official staff assignments. We have a really good thorough Commission that focuses on important energy issues. One of the first goals is to empower and encourage the Energy Climate and Reuse Commission to develop a long term plan focused on energy goals to make the Town more focused on climate change. Also we want to save the tax payers money and to create incentives for businesses and residential customers by creating access to energy savings programs and services available to them. We also need to give the Legislative Council a longer term view of financial implications of this very important area of Town functions”, stated Dale Kroop, the Towns Director of Economic Development and Neighborhood Revitalization.

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