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NEW - 2016-2017 Innovation Places Planning Grant

We are delighted to report that Meriden has received a $25,000 Innovation Places Planning Grant!  

What are Innovation Places?  

The Innovation Places program seeks to support entrepreneurs and leaders in developing places that will attract the talent that high-growth enterprises will need.

The BOLD Vision statement from the successful Midstate Chamber and City of Meriden joint application is that "Meriden will leverage our unique resources and take advantage of new affordable housing, open spaces and improved public transportation to attract an innovative and dynamic workforce and transform downtown Meriden and its recently rezoned Transit Oriented Development (TOD) District into a center of entrepreneurial activity and high-quality urban living. As the geographic center of Connecticut and as an emerging transportation hub we aspire to be the Innovation Place (IP) that connects the north/south hubs - Hartford and New Haven and potential east/west hubs – Middletown and Waterbury, as well as serving neighboring towns by offering attractive opportunities for housing, commerce and recreation downtown."

Everyone is Invited and ALL Opinions are Welcomed to plan for making our downtown THE place to live, work and play.  The planning period runs through the end of February and public input is a very important part of our planning process. 

 There are 3 upcoming PUBLIC meetings that we’d like to make you aware of and would like to extend an invitation to ALL residents and businesses to attend:

 1.    On Saturday, January 7, 2017, from 10:00AM until 2:00PM All residents are encouraged to drop in to learn about the CT Next Innovation Places program AND to provide their input.  This is held on a Saturday so many more working residents would be able to attend. To be held at the Meriden YMCA, 110 West Main St., Meriden, CT.  This session is less structured than the other meetings.   You can stay for just a few minutes or for the entire session.

 2.    On Monday, January 9, 2017, from 5:30PM until 7:30PM - There will be a facilitated discussion about Imagining Meriden as an Innovative Place to live, recreate and play to hear about the amenities, activities and cultural resources that residents, workers and visitors would like to see in a vibrant downtown district.  This will be held at Gallery 53 at 53 Colony St., Meriden, CT.  Please RSVP to info@midstatechamber.com or call 203.235.7901.

 3.    On Thursday, January 12, 2017,  from 9:30AM until 11:00AM – There will be a facilitated discussion about Imagining Meriden as an Innovative Place to work – For all employers and entrepreneurial type of people, the “Science, Technology, Engineering And Math” (STEM) partners, healthcare, food services and more.  This will help us understand the cradle to career education opportunities and possibilities for future employment and business growth.  This will be held at the Midstate Chamber of Commerce, 3 Colony St., Suite 301, Meriden, CT.  Please RSVP to info@midstatechamber.com or call 203.235.7901.

 Please feel free to share this invitation with your fellow residents and businesses.  We look forward to seeing and hearing you at these events to help us create Meriden’s own exciting Innovation Place!

 '"This planning process was made possible by the support of CT Next."


CTNext, the go-to resource for entrepreneurial support, today announced there are 12 communities that have been awarded planning grants for the Innovation Places program.

The planning grants allow communities to conduct a strategic planning process to better understand the relevant emerging conditions, risks and opportunities they face; to assess the capabilities the community needs; and to plan actions to leverage those capabilities.

The communities that have been selected for planning grant awards, ranging from $24,000 to $50,000, include: 

  •     Bridgeport
  •     Danbury
  •     Hartford/East Hartford
  •     Meriden
  •     Middletown
  •     Northeast Connecticut (includes Tolland, Killingly, Putnam, Mansfield, Windham, Storrs, Willimantic)
  •     New Britain (includes Farmington and Berlin)
  •     New Haven
  •     Norwalk
  •     Stamford
  •     Thames River (includes New London and Groton)
  •     Waterbury

“These grants intend to support community efforts to build out a plan that will highlight the strengths of each community, assess the needs of entrepreneurs and talent, and create an action plan that will be submitted for additional grant funding through the Innovation Places program,” said Glendowlyn Thames, interim executive director for CTNext.

The next phase of the Innovation Places program is the competitive implementation grant application, which will begin in November 2016, and awardees will be announced in June 2017.

Implementation grants will provide communities with a portion of the funding required to execute the local plan. An amount of $30 million has been earmarked for the Innovation Places program over the next five years to augment private and public investments in programs and infrastructure likely to attract talented people and increase knowledge-sharing that leads to innovation.

To learn more about the Innovation Places program, visit http://ctnext.com/innovation-places/

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