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Message from Dale Kroop: Director of Economic and Neighborhood Development


Message from Dale Kroop: Director of Economic and Neighborhood Development

 Dear Friends,

I can’t imagine the concerns you have regarding the impact of COVID19 on your business operations. No matter what industry you are in, it will impact your bottom line, your employees and perhaps your very survival.

There are hundreds of emails out there telling you about the health issues, how to work remote, where to borrow money, etc. We will try and share the important ones with you.
But we must be resilient. Hamden’s future economic development is dependent on partnerships within our business sectors and with your advocates such as the Hamden Regional Chamber of Commerce. While we are facing the health crisis, you have our commitment to thinking about and planning for the day after, how we act every day going forward and how we will eventually recover….and we will!
What is resiliency? It has many definitions but let’s just say it is about how we will come back when things get back to a new normal, one that we will inevitably face. Recovery won’t magically happen. It can happen most effectively if we begin to plan now.
Over the next 2-3 weeks, we will publish some ideas on how we can be resilient. This means covering areas such as how we can help the workforce, how we can encourage public transportation, how we can help day care providers, how to more effectively use technology, how our real estate market recovers, how we plan for land-use and building permitting, how we can celebrate successes, how we tell the story about the heros such as our health care workers and how we can use education, civility and empathy as tools for working together. We need you to give us ideas so we can create strategies to help plan your future.


Below is a link to a brief survey we have put together to get things started. Please complete this by Friday, April 3rd. If you can’t do the survey, email me any ideas you have, especially creative ones that don’t cost money.


Be safe out there



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