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Report Card Update for Economic Development 
Friday, October 12, 2018
The Town’s current Economic Development Plan (expiring 12/31/18) includes goals for business incentives, physical improvements to neighborhoods, and growth in commercial districts. These incentives and improvements have resulted in increases in the commercial tax base, and the creation of jobs will generate important infrastructure improvements adding to the general appearance of commercial and residential areas.
Neighborhood Leadership Program 
Tuesday, October 9, 2018
The Neighborhood Leadership Program is an eight month training and grant program that supports community leaders in imagining, developing, testing and realizing projects which build community and provide positive outcomes in New Haven, East Haven, West Haven and Hamden. If you are a resident in one of these towns who has demonstrated a commitment to making a positive difference through resident engagement, AND if you are eager to build skills, develop your capacity to increase your impact, and engage with other leaders in learning, practice and project execution, YOU should apply to this program!
Changing Face of Retail-Online Grocery Competition 
Friday, September 28, 2018
Earlier this year I wrote an article about The Changing Face of Retail which was designed as a thought piece for thinking about the Hamden retail and personal services economy over the next 20 years. What will become of our shopping areas as we have only known as retail, really since their beginning in the 1950's? Retail has changed and will continue to do so. The grocery market is also changing, first with the purchase of Whole Foods by Amazon. Now as predicted the rest of the players are getting into the game. Here is a recent article that begins to describe who is expanding into the grocery delivery market space. http://www.hartfordbusiness.com/…/NEWHAVENB…/180929958/1063…

New Business Openings

Mama Rosa's Pizza Opens on Putnam Avenue 
Monday, July 30, 2018
With an established business in North Haven, Dr. Joyce Bellamy and Frank Carr have opened a second Mama Rosa’s Pizza in Hamden at 23 Putnam Ave. The family owned business will be serving pizza, cold subs, nutritional smoothies, shakes, ice cream and offer free delivery with purchases of $15 or more. For more information about the restaurant visit their Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/mamarosanorthhaven/) or you can call (203)-248-6262. For more information about new businesses in Hamden, please contact: Dale Kroop
Former World Champion Boxer to open Gym in Hamden 
Monday, July 23, 2018
Chad Dawson has been shaped by boxing, rising from his childhood in New Haven to the pinnacle of the sport, and came away with the right to forever claim the title of world champion. Now, Dawson is hoping to share the lessons he learned over the course of his career with the next generation, as he opens Chad Dawson’s Championship Breed Boxing at 295 Treadwell St., Unit C-6, in Hamden. Dawson, the son of a prizefighter, said he began boxing at 8 years old, following in his father’s footsteps. He began to study under Brian Clark, the trainer at Ring One gym, and fell in love with the sport. The gym provided a home away from home, Dawson said — something to do after school each day and a place of refuge when he needed it. “I want kids to feel that same experience that I felt — having a place to come. If something’s not working over here, you can always come here and feel wanted and loved,” said Dawson. “I always had that growing up.”
Modern Thrift - Redefining Thrift... 
Friday, July 13, 2018
For twenty years, Sue Kuselias and Jodee Webb, sister-in-laws and long time Hamden residents, have been conjuring up the store of their dreams. They knew it had to be beautiful, charming, affordable and a place they would want to hang out. They seriously considered opening a store way back when but then they quickly remembered that they had a combined total of 6 small kiddies between the two of them, so it probably wasn’t the most opportune time.

HEDC News

Progress Made at Former Middle School Site 
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
There will soon be a small but a significant step towards the redevelopment of the former middle school site. Contractors are wrapping up the abatement of asbestos and other hazardous materials in the auditorium at the former Michael J Whalen Middle School. The Hamden Economic Development Corporation has managed the project and has been working with BL Companies and Wiese Construction since January with the goal of the demolition of this building and removal of pavement around it. It also includes the attached hallway to the main classroom building. The estimated project cost will be $500,000 and is being paid for entirely by a grant secured by HEDC from the State Department of Economic and Community Development.
HAMDEN RECEIVES $600,000 FOR BROWNFIELD CLEANUP AT FORMER MIDDLE SCHOOL 
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Good news was delivered this week to Hamden. On Tuesday 2/14, Hamden was notified by the CT Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), that the Hamden Economic Development Corporation has been awarded $600,000 for the asbestos cleanup and demolition of the Auditorium at the location of the former Michael J Whalen Middle School. The 16,000 S.F. structure has substantial asbestos contamination and is severely blighted.
HAMDEN WELCOMES NEW FAMILY TO ZERO ENERGY HOUSE 
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Hamden welcomes Rickey and Jessica Traynham and their three children! A closing for the Zero energy home was held on February 3rd for a family of five from New Haven who will live in the 1800 SF 3 bedroom 2.5 bath home, located at 499 Newhall Street (immediately across the street from the Hamden Business Incubator) and built by the Hamden Economic Development Corporation.

Cluster News

Home Based Businesses Get Recognition 
Friday, April 22, 2016
Hamden held its first meeting of over 25 solopreneurs which included a turn out of all different business types such as law, lawn care, financial, college counseling and investment groups. During this meeting, the topics discussed included any other required permits, client advertising, marketing and financing and the valuation of personal property for tax purposes
Location Change: Important Health Care Meeting March 20 
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
On Thursday March 20th from 830 till 10 am at Atria Larson Place, the Town of Hamden’s Health Care Cluster will attend the Chamber’s Health Care Committee as a partner for economic growth in Hamden and in the region.
Overview of Cluster Strategy 
Monday, December 3, 2012
Hamden’s Cluster strategy is part of our efforts to meet the needs of small business in a more structured and focused way. For the last ten years, Hamden has used the Business Cluster approach to plan effective strategies for community revitalization as well as to serve as a catalyst for economic growth.

Featured Business

Legendary Business Re-Opens at New Clothing Location 
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Hamden businessman Donald J. Camerato has re-opened his men’s clothing store on Whitney Avenue, at the corner of Dixwell. His new shop, residing in a commercial complex he helped design in the 1980s offers high quality shirts, ties, suits, custom tailoring, and consulting services. Camerato hopes that his unique wares and attention to detail will draw customers in an age of mass production and online shopping. Growing up on Bradley Avenue in Hamden, Don Camerato got his start in business in his early 20s. After working retail and acquiring a passion for clothing, he decided to open his own store at 22 years old. He opened his first location in 1964 and named his clothing line D’Camm Limited. He had small shop built from the ground up in 1967 and before long, two more locations sprouted- one in Fairfield, and one in the newly developed Hartford Civic Center. At one point, he was offered the Presidency and 40% of Kramers Fur, a furriery that did more than $6 million in sales at the time. Despite the lucrative offer, Camarato turned it down, preferring to focus his attention on his own brand. In 1973, he became the youngest president of the Hamden Chamber of Commerce.
Lucky Ewe Irish Goods 
Monday, June 19, 2017
Hamden is proud to promote unique, local businesses that are independently owned and operated. For this edition, we will feature Lucky Ewe. Lucky Ewe Irish Goods located at 2371 Whitney Ave, across from the old Hamden Town Hall, opened in November 2015 and offers a beautiful collection of Celtic inspired gifts, clothing, jewelry, and crafts. The idea of Lucky Ewe came to owner and former Hamdenite Katie O’Neill Regan some 4 years ago. As she came from a visit to Quinnipiac’s Great Hunger Museum, she stopped off at her Irish borne father’s grave and had the idea of opening an Irish gift store. Mary Beth Radigan, Katie’s childhood neighbor and friend along with her niece Tara O’Neill shared her passion for the idea and became her business partners, also known as the Ladies of Lucky Ewe. Working with Hamden’s Economic Development team, they were able to transform the idea into a wonderful business

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