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

CEDAS Best Practices in Economic Development & Land Use Program

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In 2019, The Connecticut Economic Development Association (CEDAS), the professional association of economic developers in Connecticut, in collaboration with the Connecticut Chapter of the American Planning Association (CCAPA) developed a certification program to encourage best practices in municipal economic development and land use to spur continuous improvement. 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 three goals of this program are to:

  • Accelerate the sharing of best practices across the State of Connecticut;
  • Improve the overall quality of economic development services at the local level; and
  • Ultimately, result in more economic development in Connecticut

The program requires an application to be completed documenting various economic development and land use practices, policies, and programs taking place at the local level. In its first year, 24 municipalities statewide were certified under the program as demonstrating these best practices.

Due to COVID-19 Response, this program was not offered in 2020.

The 2021 application will be available  in Spring 2021.

Evaluation and Certification

Applicants are evaluated by a committee consisting of representatives from our collaborating partners. Every three years, communities can re-submit for recertification and demonstrate continuous improvement. Recipients receive a certification plaque presented at the CEDAS Annual Awards event.

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Note that criteria are being reviewed and will be updated in the 2021 application)

 

 

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

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