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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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