Connecticut's Best Practices in Economic Development & Land Use Planning

CEDAS Best Practices in Economic Development & Land Use Certification Program


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CEDAS created the Best Practices Certification Program to:

  • encourage best practices in municipal economic development and land use to spur continuous improvement; and
  • to create an open resource library of model development examples that can be used by municipalities to update their policies and practices.

This program is intended to drive communities to pursue excellence in land use and economic development practices and to recognize the communities that have established best practices. In pursuit of these best practices, planners and economic developers can use this program to engage community stakeholders in discussions about how to achieve higher standards and develop creative, community-specific ways to implement them.

The 2022 application period is now closed.

2022 Schedule:

November 1, 2021-February 11, 2022                    Application period open

February-March 2022                                            Processing and Review of Applications, Selection of 2022 Certified

May 2022                                                              CEDAS Best Practices Awards presented

The Best Practices Certification Program requires an application to be completed documenting various economic development and land use practices, policies, and programs taking place at the local level. The application contains four components:

  1. Communications & Marketing
  2. Coordination & Collaboration
  3. Organizational Capacity & Strategy
  4. Policies & Programs

In 2019, the first year of this program, 24 municipalities statewide were certified under the program as demonstrating these best practices.

2019 Recipients

  • Town of Bethel
  • Town of Bolton
  • City of Bridgeport
  • Town of Brookfield
  • Town of Canton
  • City of Groton
  • Town of Ellington
  • Town of Fairfield
  • Town of Farmington
  • City of Hartford
  • Town of Madison
  • Town of Manchester
  • City of Milford
  • City of New Haven
  • Town of New Milford
  • Town of Newtown
  • Town of North Haven
  • Town of North Stonington
  • City of Norwich
  • Town of Portland
  • Town of Groton
  • Town of West Hartford
  • Town of Windham
  • Town of Windsor


Thanks to this year's Best Practices Sponsors!

Presenting Sponsor

Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce logo

Program Sponsors

AdvanceCT logo

City of Stamford logo


Questions regarding the program should be directed to the program development committee co-chairs Toussaint Williams or Kimberley Parsons-Whitaker at

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