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Hamden Announces Planning Meetings For 2018 Economic Development Plan


The process of developing a new economic strategy in Hamden moves into high gear over the next several months. The Town has announced numerous meetings for businesses and interested residents to attend.

Every 2-3 years the Town renews its strategy for economic development. The process is conducted through the Economic Development Commission (EDC). The Town has had a plan since 1998. The current plan expires on June 30, 2018. “We will use our existing business “infrastructure” and look at the current economic market conditions to evaluate the needs of business and potential investments that need to be made by the Town of Hamden. Like any other business a community must make investments to grow. We will use the exiting Business Cluster committees to conduct forums and our relationships with business leaders to develop a strategy that can contribute to the Town current and future growth”, Stated Dale Kroop who been the Towns Director since 1999.

On the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 5:30pm (3rd floor conference room in Government Center), the Hamden EDC will leave time on the normal agenda for public participation and input about pressing business and economic needs in Hamden.

“I look forward to hearing from our business leaders and largest employers as to how we can help them grow, and towards ensuring that their ideas for improvement are acknowledged. Together, we can continue strengthening Hamden’s existing business relationships and make certain that our town remains an attractive location for new businesses as well.”

Additionally, Hamden will utilize its Business Cluster Program to explore the needs of different aspects of the economy such as health care and manufacturing. A series of meeting have been set up as follows. The public and related industries are invited.

Here are the scheduled meeting dates: for the Business Clusters

  • Weds 3/14: Solopreneurs 9-11am in the 3rd floor, Government Center.
  • Thursday 3/15 Health Care:  Joint meeting with the Hamden Chamber 830-1030 at Atria  Larson on Whitney Avenue
  • Tuesday 3/27: Workforce Cluster: 9-11am in the 3rd floor Government Center.
  • Tuesday 4/3 Commercial Real Estate 9-11am in the 3rd floor Government Center.
  • Weds 4/11: Residential Real Estate 9-11am in the 3rd floor Government Center.
  • Green Cluster, Finance and Insurance and Creative Industries TBA

 Finally the EDC is asking the local civic associations to make time on their agendas to permit the EDC commission and staff to speak to Civic Association members about the local economy.

For further information about the Current three year plan strategies to expire on June 30th, go to www.hamden-ct.com.

 For further information on the Hamden Business Cluster program, go to http://hamden-ct.com/Content/Business_Cluster_Program.asp

 For all other information about the Hamden Department of Economic Development and Neighborhood Revitalization contact Dale Kroop at dkroop@hamden.com or call 203-287-7030.

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