Following a half-dozen years in the doldrums, greater New Haven appears on the precipice of a renaissance

 

Greater New Haven is experiencing a surge in economic-development activity unseen in the region in half a century.

One may attribute the wealth of new projects to demographics or the region’s location. But credit also needs to be extended to Yale University, business supporters and a longtime effective if not always well-loved mayor, John DeStefano Jr.

Recently retired Yale president Richard Levin spearheaded a two-decade-long effort to revitalize what was a financially challenged university when he took over the corner office of Woodbridge Hall in 1993.

His efforts to forge a better relationship with the city of New Haven found a partner in DeStefano, and their two-decade-long partnership in reinvigorating the city center is now bearing fruit across the New Haven region. More work needs to be done and the battle especially for jobs and overall economic growth is challenged by the state of Connecticut and New England’s sub-par economic growth. But literally billions in current and future investment demonstrate that the economic future of south-central Connecticut is looking brighter than it has in many years.