- 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 track progress on comprehensive planning, zoning, transportation and complete streets, infrastructure, brownfields, land assembly, economic analysis and development.
Click here to access a compendium of the Progress Reports.
- 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 Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) identified talent development and retention as a priority. The research for this report was done by the UMass Donahue Institute, which conducted stakeholder interviews and led five focus group meetings to identify regional priorities and promising programs and strategies.
- 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 Initiative, that rests on transforming downtown Hartford into a dynamic urban environment that is the epicenter of culture, entertainment and innovation. Specific goals and action steps are delineated for each initiative.
- 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 real estate market conditions. The Executive Summary outlines six key findings, specific state investment and anchor institution strategies and a TOD typology that describes the context for new development at each station area location. More information on this HUD-funded project can be found on the Sustainable Knowledge Corridor website.
- 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 core competencies and existing skills deficiencies, educational attainment levels and the importance of credentials are included in the 2014 report.
- 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 for action, the 2015 report focuses on the following regional priorities:
– Access to Better Schools
– Access to Better Jobs
– Access to Stronger Neighborhoods
- 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 Studies
- Employment & Economic Development
- 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 in each community touch upon needs in multiple domains, sub-domains are identified as well. Individually and together, the case studies show the inspiring work now underway to meet the needs of older adults. Creating great places for people of all ages enables older residents to participate in community life.
Click here to access the report and to review the Civic Participation and Employment section (Domain 6).
- Downtown Revitalization Guide
(Re)Building Downtown: A Guidebook for Revitalization is a new guide from Smart Growth America for local elected officials who want to re-invigorate and strengthen neighborhood centers of economy, culture, and history through a smart growth approach to development. The guide lays out in straightforward language seven main steps to take, and it’s designed to be used by any community, no matter where you are in the revitalization process.
Click here to access the report.