CERC Celebrates Development Projects

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GCC, Community Foundation among honorees

ROCKY HILL — The Connecticut Economic Resource Center ha s recognized the top economic development projects, programs and leaders from around the state at its annual Celebrate CT! event.

Recognition was given locally to Gateway Community College for its downtown campus, which opened in August, and to the Community Foundation for Greater "//_onlineonline Haven. The Community Foundation was singled out for its "/ of workforce training, financial literacy and public transportation.

The city of Waterbury’s anti-blight program was cited for its reduction of blighted properties to turn around neighborhoods and improve the city’s image. Policies under the new program hold property owners accountable; the city is even considering a proposal that would enact criminal penalties for failure to comply with city blight ordinances.

The Naugatuck River Greenway in Beacon Falls had its ribbon cutting in September, which came after 13 years of local, regional and national efforts to reclaim a lane of old Route 8 as a multi-use path along the Naugatuck River. It was cited by CERC for its beautification of downtown and potential to attract visitors to the town center. The greenway is part of a proposed 44-mile greenway trail to connect towns along the river from Torrington to Derby.

Other honorees included optical fiber and fiber laser manufacturer Nufern of East Granby; the Connecticut-Israel Technology Summit in Hartford; Yarde Metals in Southington; the Hospital of Central Connecticut Cancer Center in New Britain; gas turbine manufacturer Alcoa Howmet in Winsted; property managers Torrington Downtown Partners, LLC; pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim, and manufacturer Kimchuk Inc., both of Danbury; baker Pepperidge Farm, headquartered in Norwalk; Stamford’s Vita Health and Wellness District; GKN Aerospace Services Structures Corp. in Cromwell; the Middletown Summer Youth Empowerment Program; Lawrence + Memorial Hospital in New London; historical war observance OpSail CT 2012; Quinebaug Manufacturing Technology Center  at Quinebaug Community College in Danielson; and the Coventry Regional Farmers’ Market.

Recipients of the Celebrate CT! awards were recognized for how the project or program increased employment, changed the character of the community, civic engagement and overall regional growth.


John Mordecai
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