Economic Growth

2018 CRCOG Regional Sustainability Award Winner

The Town of Windsor Locks was a recipient of the 2018 CRCOG Regional Sustainability Award for its long-term Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) planning, strategic assessment and implementation efforts that have collectively sparked the rebirth of its downtown commercial district. Windsor Locks lost its Main Street in the early 1960s due to some development missteps which devastated the Main Street commercial district. Since 2007, the Town has worked with its community to begin planning and redeveloping their Main Street. Key ingredients of […]

2018 CRCOG Regional Sustainability Award Winner

The Town of Avon was awarded a 2018 CRCOG Regional Sustainability Award for its novel and progressive regulatory solution to tie sound economic infill development with the implementation of proven sustainability measures. This new model regulation has already been put to good use to address a problem property within the town and provides an extensive menu of eligible sustainability tools covering energy, stormwater, water conservation, site design, land use, and agricultural preservation. While the town prescribed clear measures of sustainability, […]

Station Area Progress Reports Released

On the heals of CTfastrak‘s launch in central Connecticut late last month, CRCOG has released Station Area Progress Reports for the twenty CTfastrak and CTrail/Hartford Line Station Areas. Produced at the request of the NHHS Rail/CTfastrak Corridor Advisory Committee and CTDOT, the Progress Reports provide:

A brief description of each Station Area
A snapshot of actual development completed or underway in the station areas, as well as other in-progress activities to prepare for and support transit-oriented development
Next steps

Quarterly updates are planned to […]

Knowledge Corridor Talent and Workforce Study

CRCOG and the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (PVPC), through a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and as part of the Sustainable Knowledge Corridor project, developed this report to identify a strategy for dealing with some of the challenges facing the Knowledge Corridor: stagnant population growth, an aging population, and urban cores which are characterized by high poverty and unemployment. CRCOG and PVPC concluded that talent matters for economic development, and the Pioneer Valley’s Comprehensive […]

Moving the Region Forward: A Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy for the Metro Hartford Region

Produced by the Connecticut Economic Resource Center, Inc., this report identifies four main initiatives where the metro Hartford region must focus its economic development efforts: a Cluster Initiative that calls for fostering and growing industry clusters with a strong presence in the region; a Workforce Initiative focused on improving the workforce today while educating, training and recruiting the pipeline for tomorrow; an Infrastructure Initiative, designed to support infrastructure investments tied to business and job growth; and a Downtown Hartford […]

Making it Happen: Opportunities and Strategies for Transit Oriented Development in the Knowledge Corridor

Commissioned by the Capitol Region Council of Governments and the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission on behalf of the Sustainable Knowledge Corridor Consortium, this study was intended to help public and private parties capitalize on major federal and state infrastructure investment through identifying market-based TOD opportunities that exist around the planned NHHS and Vermonter Rail, and CTfastrak BRT systems. The study presents these opportunities within a corridor context, while incorporating national, regional and local analysis of demographic, economic and […]

2014 Survey of Connecticut Manufacturing Workforce Needs

CBIA, working in partnership with the Connecticut Community Colleges College of Technology’s Regional Center for Next Generation Manufacturing and UIL Holdings Corporation, surveyed the state’s manufacturers about their hiring expectations and workforce challenges. The findings highlight expected growth in the state’s manufacturing sector, a considerable number of projected full-time hires over the next few years, and the need for a pipeline of well-qualified workers to meet that demand. Statistics covering strategies for filling vacancies, specific jobs in demand, required […]

Metro Hartford Progress Points 2015

Developed by a group of key regional stakeholders, Metro Hartford Progress Points is a periodic ‘check-up’ to build greater understanding about issues facing the Greater Hartford community. The second edition of Progress Points takes a deeper look at key issues impacting our communities and how they are connected. The report asks how we can build on our strengths and fully utilize the assets that the region has to provide access to opportunity for all. Using key indicators to identify opportunities […]

Regional and Corridor Level Best Practices Library

The Center for Transit-Oriented Development (CTOD) has compiled a catalog of best practices publications, including case studies, plans, and research from various groups and agencies, which relate to TOD implementation and fostering employment opportunities in areas concentrated around transit systems. The documents in this library not only detail successes and challenges, but they also provide perspectives on the lessons learned for future planning.
CTOD has organized the library around three primary themes:

An Introduction to Transit-Oriented Development
Regional & Corridor Planning and Case […]

2015 Age-Friendly: Inspiring Communities Report

AARP International looked at efforts in the United States and worldwide to identify projects and programs that are worth sharing and, when possible, replicating. The 2015 Age-Friendly: Inspiring Communities Report presents a collection of age-friendly “good practices” and features 16 communities. The report is organized according to which of the World Health Organization’s “8 Domains of Age-Friendliness” (referred to in the U.S. as the “8 Domains of Livability”) the work most represents. However, since the efforts underway […]