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Calling All Highwood and East-Side Residents! 
Thursday, November 2, 2017
Mayor Curt Balzano Leng is asking residents of the Highwood and State Street communities to get involved in their neighborhood once again. “I am reaching out to the residents of the Highwood and State Street neighborhoods in an effort to create a new Neighborhood Revitalization Zone committee, or NRZ for short. Historically, NRZs in CT have helped to shape and improve communities with a diversity of needs. I believe that we have great potential to continue the good work we have been doing here in Hamden by forming a new NRZ committee in both the Highwood and State Street communities. These neighborhood groups sincerely make a difference, and I encourage any interested residents to participate.”
Energy Efficiency Speaker Nov 14th 
Friday, October 27, 2017
As part of its monthly meeting, the Hamden Economic Development Commission will be sponsoring speaker on energy efficiency and smart buildings at its’ November 14th , 2017 meeting. The meeting will be held in the Government Center at 2750 Dixwell Avenue in the third floor conference room at 5:30 pm. Joule Assets will be the featured speaker for both small businesses and the residential communities. Joule Assets actively empowers businesses, investors, communities, and individuals to capitalize on reductions of energy consumption through innovative financing, creative business models, and regulatory. Using their market intelligence, expertise, and performance-based financing approach, Joule enhances projects by generating and integrating new value and revenue streams.
Hamden Real Estate Market Continues to be Strong 
Friday, October 13, 2017
Press/Cuozzo Commercial Services is pleased to announce that Stephen Press, SIOR, co-principal of Press/Cuozzo Commercial Services, represented Town Hall Center LLC on the sale of a two building mixed use portfolio located at 2340-2348 Whitney Avenue. A Private investor acquired the portfolio for $3,150,000. Totaling 23,320 S.F, the properties were 100% occupied with a mix of retail and office tenants.

New Business Openings

IZEEK Opens at 1890 Dixwell Avenue, (Across from the Home Depot 
Friday, February 10, 2017
iZeek is a growing company founded by two technicians whose vision is to achieve fast, easy and affordable repairs for all your electronic needs. iZeek provides on-premises repairs for mobile phones and tablets. We service all Apple and Microsoft devices and programs.
Grand Opening of Lucians Gardenhouse Held December 19th 
Thursday, January 5, 2017
Lucian’s Florist at Gardenhouse formerly known as Lucian’s Green House and Florist is now under new ownership. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on December 19th, members of the Hamden Regional Chamber of Commerce, Mayor Curt Balzano Leng and Development Director Dale Kroop on hand for the event.
Silver City Vapors Opens in Hamden 
Thursday, October 20, 2016
Congratulations to Silver City Vapor on their official Grand Opening on September 15th. They are located on 3030 Whitney Avenue (next to Thyme and Season) and offer an expert knowledge and a wide variety of e-liquids and vaping products. Visit their web site at http://www.silvercityvapors.com/about-1

HEDC News

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.
BUSINESS INCUBATOR UPDATE 
Friday, January 27, 2017
As the photo shows, the last truck load filled with lead covered building materials was hauled off site, completing the latest phase of construction at the future home of the Hamden Business Incubator, the home of the former Newhall Community Center at 496 Newhall Street. This $2 Million phase included significant interior demolition, the complete replacement of the roof, structural work, carpentry, site work preparation and the removal of virtually all remaining asbestos and lead in the building. It also included the removal of a 6,000 gallon oil tank. The following also shows some before and after pictures of areas of the building, which was sold to the Hamden Economic Development Corporation (HEDC) in 2013 by the Town of Hamden.

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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