Best Practices in Economic Development & Land Use Planning Educational Tool Library

The Best Practices in Economic Development and Land Use Program drives communities to pursue excellence in  economic development and land use practices and recognizes communities that have established best practices. The program can be used to engage community stakeholders in discussions about how to achieve higher standards and develop creative, community-specific ways to implement them.

In 2019, The Connecticut Economic Development Association (CEDAS), the professional association of economic developers in Connecticut, in collaboration with the Connecticut Chapter of the American Planning Association (CCAPA) developed a certification program to encourage best practices in municipal economic development and land use to spur continuous improvement. In pursuit of these best practices, planners and economic developers can use this program to engage community stakeholders in discussions about how to achieve higher standards and develop creative, community-specific ways to implement them. The three goals of this program are to:

  • Accelerate the sharing of best practices across the State of Connecticut;
  • Improve the overall quality of economic development services at the local level; and

For updated application materials please visit the Connecticut Economic Development Association
https://www.cedas.org/Resources/CT-Best-Practices-In-Land-Use-and-Economic-Development/

NEW! BEST PRACTICES COMMUNITY CASE STUDIES

New Haven, Connecticut
Small Contractor Development Program

Best Practices in programing supporting women and minority owned businesses
By Jade Hardrick & Laura Brown 11-2020

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Farmington, Connecticut - Charles House

Best Practices in community engagement
by Jade Hardrick
November, 2020

 

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Norwich, Connecticut - Global City Norwich

Best practices in supporting business and cultural awareness
by Jade Hardrick
November, 2020

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The Best Practices Program is a unique collaboration between UConn-Extension,  Connecticut Economic Development Association, and the CT Chapter of the American Planning Association.