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Hamden’s Department of Economic Development and Neighborhood Revitalization announces the dates for two of Hamden’s Business Cluster meetings. “Having regular meetings with key economic drivers in Hamden is an important part of our DNA. These business owners who often are our neighbors and are homeowners deserve the most attention we can give them. We value their work and aim to provide value to them. There is nothing more important than business retention and meeting with our local business clusters is the perfect way to do it”, stated Dale Kroop, Director.    

Business Clusters are a collection of businesses categorized by industry that are major taxpayers and employers. The idea of the Hamden Cluster initiative is to work with local businesses as a group to gauge how they are doing and respond to their needs. The Town conducts Business Cluster meetings throughout the year as part of the long-range planning for the Hamden Economic Development Commission.

Creative Industries to Meet in Highwood on Thursday May 11th at 10am

So what are Creative Industries? Art and culture are drivers of the tourism and the consumption economy by directly supporting restaurants, retail establishments in Hamden neighborhoods and creates a quality of life you cannot quantify. In Highwood, the Mutual Housing Association of South Central CT built Highwood Square, a 27 unit housing project focused primarily for artists. Today many artists live and produce art there, including artists from the Hamden area that lease studio space. They also bring others to the community that would otherwise not come.

There are several residents who are artists including a sculptor, a fiber artist, and several painters. Additionally there are four artists who rent the commercial space for apparel, diverse art media – mostly paintings from Vietnam by a MFA professor at SCSU, Painter/photographer and one of the residents.

Highwood Square has helped to spur other investment in the community in terms of restaurants and most recently Fluent Creative Clothing.

Health Care Cluster Meeting Thursday May 18th from 830-10 am.

Health Care is one of Hamden largest industry employers and by far the fasting growing sector of the local economy. It is anticipated that health care related jobs will increase significantly between 2015-2020. Health Care cluster meetings include attendees from local nursing facilities and small doctor offices. It will also include outpatient and home health care agencies.

Health care cluster meetings are also attended by members of the Workforce Cluster who links employers with job training grant opportunities for their employees. Director Kroop continued…“Job training and workforce opportunities in health care results in good jobs for Hamden Residents”.     

This Health Care Cluster meeting will be held jointly with the Hamden Regional Chamber of Commerce Health Care Committee at Atria Larson on 1450 Whitney Avenue in Hamden. The meeting will be Thursday May 18th, 2017 at 830 a.m.

For more information on Hamden’s Business Clusters and to be put on a list for updates, contact Dale Kroop at dkroop@hamden.cpom or go to the Cluster web page at http://hamden-ct.com/Content/Business_Cluster_Program.asp

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