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Different Career Opportunities For Our Young People 

Tuesday, March 6, 2018
As part of our initiative to provide different career opportunities for our young people, we will feature traditional and non-traditional learning and career opportunities.

Our goal is to retain talent and leaders of tomorrow. We will soon bring many of these options to the kids and parents in Hamden. The following is an example of a non-traditional learning opportunity that I think is a good example of what you can do to develop a marketable job skill. Enjoy!

Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/career-forum-becoming-a-software-developer-tickets-43567459444

Abatement and Demolition Work to Begin at the Former Middle School Site 

Thursday, March 1, 2018
Residents on Newhall and Morse Streets and around the Newhall area of Highwood will see some activity begin over the next few weeks. The abatement and demolition of the former Auditorium at the former Michael J Whalen will begin in mid-March by Wiese Construction, who was the low bidder for the project. The Hamden Economic Development Corporation secured a grant from the CT. Department of Economic and Community Development last spring of 2017. HEDC will administer the grant and manage the project. No Town funds will be required for the project.

Centerville Lumber Redevelopment Moves into a New Phase in 2018 

Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Things are starting to take shape on the overall redevelopment of the former Centerville Lumber site by Jordan Development . The first building will be completed in May of 2018. Amity Physical Therapy will move from the rental space across the street to owning this 32,000 S.F. new facility. APT will soon bring over 20 employees with them and create new opportunities for employment.

Hello Boutique Relocates to Hamden 

Thursday, February 22, 2018
After decades in downtown New Haven, Hello Boutique has relocated to the beloved nearby Whitneyville neighborhood of Hamden. Situated between The Soup Girl and Whitneyville Market in a brick building with a simple storefront, A store with special clothing and desirable accessories from around the world, Hello Boutique is owned by husband and wife team Greg Catalano and Kristen Herman, who are Hamden residents. Hello Boutique converted the former First Niagara Bank at 1246 Whitney Avenue into a boutique with warehouse and photo studio and have exposed antique tin ceilings, knocked down walls, and are re-purposing fixtures for a warm and functional space. Upon entering the store, Hello Boutique’s shiny industrial copper fixtures create a context with which the American, French, Dutch and Japanese lines can exist within the intimacy of the environment. Two dressing rooms are nestled in a cozy nook off to the side of the store. Labels such as Porto, Planet, Alembika, Bryn Walker, Flax and Moyuru mingle with wood tables, plants and friendly sales help. The basement houses a white-painted photography studio designed for maximal light. There is a raw yet eclectic simplicity to the 2,000-square-foot space.

Jed Backus appointed to Brd of Directors of NHMR 

Thursday, February 22, 2018
Jed Backus of Hamden has been appointed to the Board of Directors for The New Haven Middlesex Association of REALTORS* (NHMR) for a one year term serving as Vice President.

Jed Backus is the owner of Backus Real Estate, LLC located on Whitney Avenue in Hamden. He has been a Real Estate Broker for 16 years. His firm specializes in Commercial & Residential sales and consulting throughout the state of Connecticut.

415-417 Mather Street Applications Accepted 

Friday, February 16, 2018
We are pleased to announce Brand New First Class Rental Apartments in Hamden at Rents You can Afford. Applications Accepted as of Friday, February 16th. On Friday February 16, 2018, our official marketing period commences, allowing interested people to apply for one of these wonderful rental apartments. Construction is nearing completion at 415-417 Mather Street in Hamden in a great location, only one block from Dixwell Avenue. Occupancy is expected in early Summer 2018

Update on Canal Crossing Winter of 2018 

Wednesday, February 14, 2018
As we move in the second month of 2018, Canal Crossing, the 393 unit apartment development on Mather Street has progressed as planned. The third building, the last of Phase One, will be completed in the spring of 2018. The 165 unit first phase includes the clubhouse and the pool for the entire complex. The final completion date for the entire project is 2019.
Of the 114 units open in the first two buildings, 88% of the market rate units are rented. Several of the units designated under the Affordable Housing Program are available in efficiencies and one or two bedrooms. Units under the Affordable Housing Program are typically around 30% less expensive than the market rate units.

Foster Engineering Opens in Hamden 

Friday, February 2, 2018
Foster Engineering, LLC is a new energy, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and reliability consulting services company for small to large commercial businesses, in addition to local and state municipalities primarily. Founded in Hamden, CT in September 2017, Foster Engineering, LLC seeks to provide needed energy engineering consulting services to new and existing facilities guiding businesses and towns to make practical steps towards energy sustainability with both renewable and non-renewable energy sources through design for energy efficiency and efficiency optimization of existing facilities.

The Changing Face of the Economy and How It Affects Hamden 

Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Technology has forever changed the local, state and national economy. It affects retail trade, services that we buy and products that we have come to know.

The landscape of retail continues to change. The list keeps getting longer for stores that are closing in the northeast and across the country. According to MoneyMagazine.com and many other publications, it is anticipated that over 25% of all shopping malls in the United States will likely CLOSE by the year 2022. This change in the retail marketplace began slowly and then accelerated quickly with the growth of the on-line marketplace. The last few years have been dominated by Amazon, who has changed the retail marketplace because of innovations such as Amazon Prime.

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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