CRCOG has revived a once popular tradition that has sparked excellent peer to peer learning, networking and conversation on hot topics in planning and economic development in the Capitol Region: The Planners and Economic Development Officials Roundtable. Starting in the first quarter of 2019, CRCOG invited the town and city planners of the region’s 38 municipalities to a luncheon and roundtable discussion which featured a brief update on key projects ongoing at CRCOG as well as an opportunity for towns to share what’s new in their communities in the areas of planning and development.
At the first quarterly meeting, attendees stressed the importance of including both planning and economic development staff at these convenings as the coordination of planning and economic development are integral to the success of the region. To that end, CRCOG staff broadened the invitee list for its second meeting held on June 27
(see photo above) and featured a presentation from Gene Goddard, Chief Business Investment Officer from the MetroHartford Alliance on regional economic development strategies. Gene’s presentation highlighted the Alliance’s most recent data driven efforts and initiatives to attract and match businesses to communities in the Metro Hartford area. Gene stated that on behalf of the Alliance he is interested in visiting or meeting with municipalities in the region to understand each community’s unique assets and vision for economic development.
CRCOG looks forward to future meetings of the Planners and Economic Development Officials Roundtable. The next meeting is scheduled for September 19