CEDAS Academy Webinar Series

2018 CEDAS Academy Reuse, Recycle, Rejuvenate Series

In these slim budget times, the three webinars in our series ask: how can our communities make best use of the physical infrastructure we already have?

  • March 28, 2018:  Brownfields from Start to Finish
  • July:  Reurbanization of Manufacturing
  • September: Adaptive Reuse

In each webinar you’ll hear examples from around the Nutmeg State to inspire and help you avoid pitfalls from an economic developers perspective, get a taste of best practices and community successes from other practitioners and community leaders, and access local resources relevant to your community.  

CEDAS Academy is a web-based educational learning series developed by CEDAS in partnership with the University of Connecticut-Extension Program in Community & Economic Development.

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Thursday, August 9, 2018 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
The Re-Urbanization of Manufacturing

This webinar – this second in the 2018 CEDAS Academy.  Learning outcomes:

  • The status of re-urbanization of manufacturing in the US and the Northeast as well as current research, and references
  • Lessons learned from other communities in developing and sustaining urban manufacturing centers
  • Opportunities, successes, and challenges of urban manufacturing in addressing broader community goals as well as for low income and underserved communities

Speakers include:

  • Katy Stanton, Program Director, Urban Manufacturing Alliance As program and membership director, Katy works closely with the Urban Manufacturing Alliance’s (UMA) network to build programming that brings people together between and within cities to support urban manufacturing. She oversees many of UMA’s key research and activities, including UMA’s Communities of Practice, in-person events, national research, and membership communication. Building off of 10 years in campaign politics across the country, Katy takes a community-organizing approach to growing UMA’s network. She believes that manufacturing creates equitable pathways for people of all backgrounds. She is driven by creating opportunities for storytelling so that people can open their minds to this kind of place-based economic development. Katy also loves cities, having lived in Washington D.C., London, Milwaukee, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Philadelphia before returning to her hometown of Madison, WI, where she lives with her husband and two cats.
  • Tanu Kumar, Senior Fellow at the Pratt Center for Community Development Tanu Kumar is a Senior Fellow at the Pratt Center for Community Development, consulting on economic development projects that foster more equitable and resilient communities through research, planning, and policy. She is working on several initiatives focused on advancing equity in the innovation economy and manufacturing sector, including the Urban Manufacturing Alliances’s Equitable Innovation Economies initiative and Pratt’s EquIP Partnership. She holds an Master’s in Regional Planning from Cornell University.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Brownfields from Start to Finish – Avoiding Pitfalls

This webinar – this first in the 2018 CEDAS Academy – examines the state of brownfield redevelopment in Connecticut, outlining programs and policies designed to support economic development professionals at all stages of the process.
Speakers will discuss challenges they have experienced, citing examples from specific projects across the state, and how they were addressed to lead to successful outcomes.

Speakers include:

  • Arthur BogenPresident, Connecticut Brownfield Land Bank, Inc.
  • Dale Kroop, Director, Economic Development Focused Business Retention, Attraction and Redevelopment, with the City of Hamden.
  • Thacher TiffanyDirector of Development at Beacon Communities in Boston who will discuss his work on the Montgomery Mill site in Windsor Locks, Connecticut.

Attend this webinar to learn:

  • The status of brownfield redevelopment in Connecticut as well as resources, programs and policies that your community can use to get started.
  • Lessons learned from other communities in working through financial and physical aspects of brownfield redevelopment.
  • Avoiding challenges and pitfalls often encountered in Connecticut’s communities.

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Economic Development Strategy Tapas Webinar Series

2016-2017 Economic Development TAPAS Strategy Series

In the Spanish world, “tapas ” are small, flavorful dishes eaten with others to encourage conversation and sharing. The “tapas” webinar series takes a broad look at foundational economic development strategies and serves up several community based examples in a “small plate” format. This means you’ll hear a summary of what’s worked, and what hasn’t and pickup ideas to try out in your community straight from other leaders and local professionals. CEDAS Academy-ED Strategy Series is a web-based educational learning series developed by UConn Extension in collaboration with the Connecticut Economic Development Association and the Connecticut Economic Research Center. Join us for this series to: Learn about timely, relevant economic development issues and strategies, get a taste of best practices and community successes from other practitioners and community leaders, access local resources relevant to your community

Thursday December 15, 2016 11 am- 12 pm
Farming Opportunities: Food Systems Strategies for Economic Development

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Speakers:

  • Northwest Connecticut Food Hub Feasibility Study  Jocelyn Ayer – Community & Economic Development Director, NW Hills Council of Governments
  • Shellfisheries and Economic Development – Emily Stengel- Deputy Director, Greenwave

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Thursday February 16, 2017 11am – 12 pm
Innovations in Workforce Development

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Speakers:

  • Overview of the Workforce in Connecticut – Patrick Flaherty, Assistant Director of Research and Information, Office of Research and Information Connecticut Department of Labor
  • Eastern Connecticut Workforce Pipeline – Mark Hill Chief Operating Officer, Eastern CT Workforce Investment Board, Inc.
  • Greater Bridgeport Community Enterprises, Inc. – Adrienne Farrar Houel, President & CEO, The Green Team; Park City Green; Next Chapter Books

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Thursday April 13, 2-17 11 am- 12 pm 

Activating third places: Maker and co-working spaces

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Speakers:

  • SPARK Makerspace, New London – Hannah Gant Founding Member
  • BHive: Bridgeport – Marcella Kovak- Co owner of Founder / Partner at The Bananaland Co-Founder / Partner at B:Hive Bridgeport

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Thursday June 1, 2-17
Community Driven Business Retention & Expansion Programs

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Speakers:

  • Michael Darger Business Expansion Community Economics Specialist,  Director, Business Retention & Expansion Program University of Minnesota Extension
  • Steve Roe, General Manager Roe Motors, Grants Pass, Oregon Business Retention and Expansion Program
  • Garrett Sheehan,CEcD, Community Relations Specialist for Eversource Energy

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May 12, 2016 – Marketing Your Community for Economic Development.  11 am-12 pm

  • Access slides from this presentation here.  Webinar recording is available on request  info@cedas.org or to CEDAS members through the CEDAS member login.
  • Learn about the most important factors in community marketing, how site selection works, some “big ideas” and pitfalls in marketing your community for economic development.  The webinar will highlight concrete strategies to adapt and use in your own community.
  • About the speakers 
    Janet Ady, President & CEO, Ady Advantage
    Janet Ady is an experienced marketing strategist who knows how to reach expanding and relocating companies, talent, and stakeholders with compelling messages that promote business investment and growth. Janet’s passions are business-to-business marketing and economic development. As president of Ady Advantage, she has led marketing initiatives for a wide range of organizations. Ultimately, her work helps to strengthen existing businesses, enhance the quality of life, attract new and expanding businesses, and retain and attract talent. Janet’s background is in marketing research and strategy development. In that capacity, she has conducted over 2,500 in-depth qualitative interviews with business and technical decision-makers across a broad swath of businesses. Her knowledge of multiple industries allows her to provide value to individual businesses as well as communities and regions targeting specific sectors. She also brings an in-depth knowledge of the site selection process, especially in terms of understanding what factors are evaluated during each step along the decision-making process and how to optimally position places and develop compelling, differentiating messages. In this way, Ady Advantage brings both the science and the art to economic development marketing. Janet consults on many aspects of economic development marketing, including agribusiness strategies, rural economic development strategies, marketing planning, economic development branding, and websites. Janet authored The Rural Economic Development Toolbox in 2014 and regularly speaks and teaches on economic development business and marketing strategy.Andy Levine, President/Chief Creative Officer, Development Counsellors International (DCI)
    Andy joined DCI in 1991 and became DCI’s President in 1994. Under his leadership, the agency has grown to 50+ full-time individuals, the largest assembly of place-marketing professionals in the world. Andy is a frequent speaker on the topics of investment attraction and economic development marketing. Recent speaking engagements have included the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), the Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI), the Association of University Research Parks (AURP), California Association of Local Economic Developers (CALED) and the Select USA Investment Summit. He authors a column for Forbes.com on the topic of place marketing and is the primary author of “Winning Strategies in Economic Development Marketing,” a continuing survey of corporate executives with site selection responsibilities.