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The Supply Chain of Cheese 

Wednesday, August 8, 2018
What do you think about when you look at a package of Mozzarella Cheese? Do you think about economic development? No you probably think about lasagna or pizza! This kind of cheese and many others are manufactured at Liuzzi Cheese in Hamden CT and sold in 31 states. Because of this demand, many people have jobs to make, sell and distribute the cheese as well as other products. I’ve learned about the incredible number of interdisciplinary jobs that connect together and other businesses needed to make and distribute the cheese. What I’m talking about is called supply chain. Economic Developers think of supply chain in terms like output growth or the multiplier effect. For example this might include the number of jobs that come from directly or indirectly one manufacturing job. The “chain” is the connection of jobs that spin off and businesses that are impacted by one “cheese job”.

Hamden Economic Development Corporation Announces New Board Members 

Friday, August 3, 2018
The Hamden Economic Development Corporation (HEDC) and its sister organization the New Colony Development Corporation (NCDC) is pleased to announce new board members.

“We are pleased to announce three very qualified professionals for our Board of Directors that bring significant experience in the field of brownfield and redevelopment”, stated HEDC President Steven Rolnick.

The Hamden Economic Development Corporation (501c4) and the New Colony Development Corporation (501c3) are both non-profit Development Corporations charged with the redevelopment of blighted properties, to increase the grand list, to create job opportunities and to improve the quality of life and safety for all residents.

The new board members are;
Cathy DeFrances, David Golebiewski and Rachel Rosen

Mama Rosa's Pizza Opens on Putnam Avenue 

Monday, July 30, 2018
With an established business in North Haven, Dr. Joyce Bellamy and Frank Carr have opened a second Mama Rosa’s Pizza in Hamden at 23 Putnam Ave. The family owned business will be serving pizza, cold subs, nutritional smoothies, shakes, ice cream and offer free delivery with purchases of $15 or more. For more information about the restaurant visit their Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/mamarosanorthhaven/) or you can call (203)-248-6262. For more information about new businesses in Hamden, please contact: Dale Kroop

Former World Champion Boxer to Open Gym in Hamden 

Monday, July 23, 2018
Chad Dawson has been shaped by boxing, rising from his childhood in New Haven to the pinnacle of the sport and came away with the right to forever claim the title or world champion. Now, Dawson is hoping to share the lessons he learned over the course of his career with the next generation, as he opens Chad Dawson's Championship Breed Boxing at 295 Treadwell Street, unit C-6, in Hamden

Centerville Lumber is Ready for its Debut 

Friday, July 20, 2018
Hamden is starting to show some noticeable changes. The former Cenerville Lumber site has many building that are almost complete. Amity Physical Therapy is officially opened in the old Centerville Lumber building. The new location is on 2320 Whitney Ave and is 32,000 square feet. To take a virtual tour of the new Amity Physical Therapy building in Hamden, please go to www.amitypt.com/hamden/ Roost, a new restaurant owned by Eli's Group, is scheduled to open August 8th of this year. this restaurant is dedicated to creating the ultimate chicken sandwich, but the menu is not just limited to sandwiches. Roost also offers salads, grain bowls, and milkshakes for people who want to satisfy their sweet tooth. The Residence Inn by Marriott is still under construction, but will be finished by the summer of 2019.

Hamden Middle School Auditorium Demolition Begins 

Friday, July 13, 2018
On Tuesday July 10th demolition began at the location of the former Hamden Middle School in anticipation of Mutual Housing's proposed Spring Rose Garden Project. This project will provide 87 mixed-income units and a new community center. When it was discovered that the building and surrounding neighborhood were built on a former landfill and contamination was found, a significant remediation project began and continues today under the Newhall Consent Order.

Sherman Heights Bakery Brings More Sweets and Eats to Hamden 

Wednesday, July 11, 2018
The Town of Hamden will welcome a new location for a familiar business in the near future. After opening its initial baked goods production facility in 1998 in Hamden, Sherman Heights Bakery is planning to open a retail bakery storefront at 2784 Whitney Avenue in 2019.

Focus on Small Business: The Public Adjuster 

Friday, June 22, 2018
The Town of Hamden is pleased to focus this month on one of Hamden’s more successful small businesses The Public’s Adjuster.
The Public’s Adjuster, owned by Todd Moler, opened its doors in Hamden in July of 2011 at the location of the iconic former Kamp and Neilson building at 2935 Dixwell Avenue across from Town Hall. The Public Adjuster’s office could not be located in a better spot. It is at a vital intersection at the corner of Dixwell and Whitney. Coming from either of these two major roads it is hard to miss. The Public’s Adjuster is recognized by the Connecticut Association of Public Insurance Adjusters (CAPIA) and is a member of the Better Business Bureau, receiving an A+ rating. According to their website: “The mission of The Public’s Adjuster LLC is to support and represent the interests of individuals filing insurance claims, to help them receive a fair and accurate settlement”. Todd’s business currently employs 15 people and he is in the process of adding one more. He believes that locating his business in Hamden has been the key to its success because the town provides a good business environment. “It’s a big town and a small town at the same time”.

As an independent company, Todd’s business represents the interests of insurance policy holders and fights for proper compensation for their insurance claims. Moler owned his own antique home restoration company for 15 years and then went on to work in the insurance industry as a high-value property adjuster for 16 years. Near the end of his time working for the insurance carrier, he began to argue against some of the company’s decisions. He had enough and decided to leave the company to represent individuals and fight against the very people he used to work for. During his time in the insurance industry Todd realized that while he was representing the insurance company in the claims that clients brought forward, they did not have any representation and nobody was looking out for their interests. With this realization Todd started his business, The Public’s Adjuster.

Hamden High DECA Program Success at State and International Competitions 

Thursday, June 21, 2018
Hamden High School again has demonstrated the success of their impeccable program after winning top honors at the State and International level.
Distributive Education Clubs of America, DECA for short, is an international organization that “prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the world”. The program offers a real hands-on approach to learning and prepares students for success in both college and in their future careers. Along with competitions, the Hamden program runs a school store that helps to raise money for charity. The faculty leader of the program, Bryan Anderson, says that the program “lets the students come out with a solid basic background in business studies so that they are more prepared when they go off to college”. Bryan started off working for GE working in a management training program. He was about to get a big promotion when he decided to become an educator. When Hamden started the DECA program 20 years ago, they offered Bryan a position. Since he took control, Hamden High School has found a lot of success. In the time that Hamden High has offered DECA, 367 students have won at the state level and the program has even achieved 2 First Place awards at the international level. Around the world, 19,000 high school students presented their projects across 50 different events.

A Very Busy Summer in the Highwood/Newhall Community 

Friday, June 15, 2018
The Town is getting ready for a busy summer at the old middle school. There will be significant progress made in the community on several approved projects.
“Our goal is to ensure, to the best of our ability, that the public knows there will be a lot of positive progress made in the Highwood/Newhall neighborhoods this summer. We plan to have letters sent out to all households in the neighborhood notifying residents of upcoming work and expected community improvements.” said Hamden Mayor Curt Balzano Leng.

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