Greatest Small City In America?This is an op-ed by Business New Haven and New Haven magazine publisher Mitchell Young on promoting New Haven for visitors, students, potential employees and businesses.

It’s the time of year when we think of promoting to visitors and in a few months we’ll start to realize that another year is around the corner and New Haven and the region still isn’t promoting the business environment.
New Haven’s new mayor Toni Harp early in taking office promised a “bigger brand” for New Haven. Now six months into a two-year term, “We’ve got nothing new to say” might as well be the city’s new slogan.
Readers of this newspaper may recall that in January we ran a forum with what we call some of New Haven’s “Dreamers and Doers” on branding New Haven.  That group surfaced something that has popped up on social media like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the like: “New Haven: Greatest Small City In America.”


Almanac, June 2013

Tweed Tower .pared Closing — for Now

NEW HAVEN — The federal Department of Transportation has determined that the Tweed Regional Airport air traffic control tower, along with 148 other contract control towers at small airports nationwide, will remain open through the end of September.

The determination was announced last month by U. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, who in a statement said that the Reducing Flight Delays Act of 2013 will provide the Federal Aviation Administration with enough funding to keep all 149 contract towers open through the end of the federal fiscal year, which is September 30.

Tweed, along with 148 contract air towers across the U. were originally slated for closure  a result of sequestration. The airport has approximately 40,000 enplanements and around  unique flyers each year and is one of the only small airports in New England to have commercial service.




When Hamden updated its zoning regulations several  ago, town officials brought in New Haven-based architect Robert Orr to change the conventional code to a new code he helped devise in the late 1970s.

Conventional zoning, known as “use-based code, focuses on separation of land uses, “so youÂ’re not allowed to live in the same district as you might work and you canÂ’t shop in the same district as might live,. Orr explains. "It takes a lot of land and essentially forces an automobile-centric lifestyle.

What’s in a Name?

WETHERSFIELD – The state’s Department of Labor wants employers to know it’s serious when it comes to worker classifications. Last month the department announced that 27 Connecticut companies were issued stop-work orders between January 9 and March 14 because of of employees. The businesses, all of which were conducting work at construction project sites, are alleged to have wrongly labeled workers as independent  to avoid payroll reporting, unemployment taxes and workers compensation. All work at the sites was ceased and $300 penalty for each day of noncompliance was levied. Project sites included New Haven, Milford, Norwalk, Stamford, Westport, Putnam and Brooklyn. Companies cited are based in Connecticut, New York, "http://www.moral/buyonline//#visit_us">visit us New Hampshire and Maryland.

Malloy’s War on Guns

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on April 17 joined with New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley " ""> .Wefq80YwbzcCeFItRmCQ">in writing a letter to members of the U. ""> . ""> .enate, urging them to vote for legislation that enhances federal background checks on potential purchasers of firearms.

The three harp on President Obama’s oft-repeated assertion that “90 percent of the American people” support background checks on would-be firearms purchasers.

“The American people are clear on this issue — more than 90 percent support background checks prior to gun purchases,” the three governors wrote. “They understand that if you can’t pass a background check, you should not be able to buy a gun. We stand with them, and we urge you to do the same.”

The governors said that while their respective states have enacted legislation addressing gun violence prevention — with Connecticut’s new restrictions on citizens’ rights among the most draconian in the nation — individual states’ laws alone are insufficient to address gun violence on a national basis and federal action is needed.

Malloy and O’Malley are not coincidentally two of the Three Amigos that Maine Gov. Paul R. LePage referenced in an April 13-14 Wall ""> .treet Journal op-ed inviting firearms manufacturers — particularly those under siege in their home states by cynical politicians who shamelessly have exploited the ""> .andy Hook victims to advance anti-gun laws that would have done nothing to stop the December 14 tragedy — to relocate to Maine.

Republican LePage expressed “dismay to see strict anti-gun legislation in states that are home to some of our country’s best firearms manufacturers. Beretta U ""> .A Corp. in Maryland, Colt Manufacturing Co. in Connecticut and Magpul Industries in Colorado are facing hostile — and hysterical — legislation from politicians who slap them in the face for providing their states with jobs, opportunity and revenue.

“Beretta, Colt and Magpul: Come to Maine.”

Those companies would be foolish not to consider it. Last month ""> .outhport-headquartered ""> .turm Ruger made news when it announced that it would not leave Connecticut for friendlier environs, even though it has only a modest presence here ( ""> .turm Ruger does the bulk of it manufacturing in New Hampshire and Arizona).

Earlier rifle-maker PTR Industries of Bristol announced that it would leave hostile Connecticut, taking good jobs — gunsmiths, engineers, toolmakers, machinists — with it and further damaging the already distressed economy of its (soon to be no longer) host city. Way to focus on economic development, Dan Malloy.

In his W ""> .J op-ed, LePage pointed out that although the Pine Tree ""> .tate has one of the highest rates of firearms ownership in the U. ""> ., it has one of the lowest rates of gun violence. Perhaps he should have substituted “because” for “although.”

After all, an armed society is a polite society.

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