CEDAS Announces the Tapas Webinar Series: Economic Development Strategy Dished Up to Inspire



In the Spanish world, "tapas " are small, flavorful dishes eaten with others to encourage conversation and sharing. The "tapas" webinar series takes a broad look at foundational economic development strategies and serves up several community based examples in a "small plate" format. This means you'll hear a summary of what’s worked, and what hasn't and pickup ideas to try out in your community straight from other leaders and local professionals.

CEDAS Academy-ED Strategy Series is a web-based educational learning series developed by UConn Extension in collaboration with the Connecticut Economic Development Association and the Connecticut Economic Resource Center.

Join us for this series to:

  • Learn about timely, relevant economic development issues and strategies; 
  • Get a taste of best practices and community successes from other practitioners and community leaders; and
  • Access local resources relevant to your community.


2016-2017 Economic Development Strategy Series


Thursday December 15, 2016
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Farming Opportunities: Food Systems Strategies for Economic Development


  • Northwest Connecticut Food Hub Feasibility Study  Jocelyn Ayer - Community & Economic Development Director, NW Hills Council of Governments
  • Shellfisheries and Economic Development - Emily Stengel- Deputy Director, Greenwave 

CEDAS Members can access the recording here. 


Thursday February 16, 2017
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Innovations in Workforce Development


  • Overview of the Workforce in Connecticut - Patrick Flaherty, Assistant Director of Research and Information, Office of Research and Information Connecticut Department of Labor
  • Eastern Connecticut Workforce Pipeline - Mark Hill Chief Operating Officer, Eastern CT Workforce Investment Board, Inc.
  • Greater Bridgeport Community Enterprises, Inc. - Adrienne Farrar Houel, President & CEO, The Green Team; Park City Green; Next Chapter Books

CEDAS Members can access the recording here. 


Thursday April 13, 2017
11:00 am - 12:00 pm 

Activating Third Places: Maker and Coworking Spaces


  • SPARK Makerspace, New London - Hannah Gant Founding Member
  • BHive: Bridgeport - Marcella Kovak- Co owner of Founder / Partner at The Bananaland Co-Founder / Partner at B:Hive Bridgeport

CEDAS Members can access the recording here. 



Thursday June 1, 2017
11:00 am - 12:00 pm 

Community Driven Business Retention & Expansion Programs


  • Michael Darger Business Expansion Community Economics Specialist,  Director, Business Retention & Expansion Program University of Minnesota Extension

More information and registration here.


Thursday August 10, 2017

Entrepreneurship: Creating a Culture of Innovation

• Speakers TBA

More information and registration posted soon.

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