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Metro Hartford - we’re home! A great place to live, work, raise a family and open a business - by Rebecca Nolan

January 28: Bringing The World To Connecticut
Learn more about global businesses operating in Connecticut from our guests: Rebecca Nolan, Vice President of Global & Domestic Business Development, MetroHartford Alliance; Christopher Ball, Ph.D., Director, Central European Institute; István Széchenyi, Chair in International Economics, Honorary Hungarian Consul, President of CEENET; and Dana Bucin, Partner, Murtha Cullina, Co-founding Partner, CEENET.
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Local Excellence Awarded in Cleveland

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) presented the 2016 EXCELLENCE INECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AWARDS this week at its annual conference in Cleveland, OH.  Barry Matherly, CEcD, FM, Greater Richmond Partnership, Inc. and current IEDC board chairman along with Gregory Hitchin, CEcD, Director of Economic Development, City of Waynesboro, VA and chairman of the Awards Advisory Committee presented the Awards. 

MetroHartford Alliance’s Rebecca Nolan, Vice President of Global & Domestic Business Development received the Silver Award for the Special Purpose Website on behalf of Innovation Destination | Hartford website  In addition Dale Kroop, Economic Development Director, Town of Hamden received the Silver Award for the Newhall Neighborhood Revitalization for the Neighborhood Development, Population 25,000 - 200,000.  They were joined by Robert Santy, CEO, Connecticut Economic Resource Center who congratulated them by join the Connecticut team for the award ceremony.

Special Purpose Website - A specialized website designed for a specific purpose, such as promoting community data/demographics, sites and buildings, tourism, or other specific types of marketing related to economic development. The website must be for a single specific purpose and have a unique URL to demonstrate it is separate from a primary website.

Neighborhood Development - This award recognizes innovative programs that stimulate economic development on a neighborhood scale. It includes the range of strategies or initiatives that seek to facilitate the revitalization or redevelopment of distressed or devastated neighborhoods including business-oriented, people-oriented, place oriented, and community-building efforts.


Recent Updates and Highlights:

  • Business Recruitment: In partnership with the State, supported recruitment efforts to attract foreign-based companies from Israel, Brazil, the United Kingdom, and Germany; Hosted foreign dignitaries from the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, India, Germany, United Arab Emirates, and Republic of Korea.

  • Municipal Support: Helped coordinate the first “Mayor’s Fall Forum,” which included Springfield and Chicopee, Mass., and Hartford, New Britain and New Haven mayors to discuss connections throughout the corridor on common issues and solutions; Hosted the 60th Annual Northeastern Economic Development Association Conference in New Haven, drawing more than 250 economic development professionals from the New England states.

  • Bradley Development League and Airport: Arranged personal visits to Boston site consultants to educate them about the Bradley Airport Incentive Zone, the Foreign Trade Zone, and land development opportunities that are available in the four surrounding towns and at the airport; Building on success of inaugural Aer Lingus flight, working with the Connecticut Airport Authority to bring business opportunities to the Hartford region.

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