West Haven Receives Economic Development Award

Written by Michael P. Walsh

WEST HAVEN, CT – Mayor Nancy R. Rossi and Director of Planning Christopher Soto celebrated the city’s new Economic Development Certification by displaying West Haven’s “2022 Silver Certified Community” plaque at City Hall on Wednesday, June 22.

West Haven was among 12 cities and towns certified by the Connecticut Economic Development Association on April 28 to exemplify best practices in economic development and land use.

CEDAS board chair Kristen Gorski said certified municipalities participated in a “rigorous” application review process that required documentation of procedures for development projects, community engagement and consideration of economic development strategies.

The application had four components: communications and marketing, coordination and collaboration, organizational capacity and strategy, and policies and programs.

“Projects like the elevation of Beach Street, the renovation of Allingtown Green and the opening of New England Brewing Co. demonstrate West Haven’s leadership and innovation as a model municipality in Connecticut,” Rossi said. . “I want to express my thanks and appreciation to Chris Soto and our community leaders who paved the way for this honor, and to CEDAS for recognizing sustainability, development and best practices since the program’s launch. of certification in 2019.”

West Haven was one of eight municipalities certified as a Silver community, joining neighboring towns of Guilford, Hamden, North Branford and Woodbridge.

Three others achieved Gold certification and one received Bronze status.

Gorski presented the etched glass plaque to Soto on June 8 at CEDAS headquarters on Long Wharf Drive in New Haven, while awarding plaques to other certified municipalities.

CEDAS is a nonprofit organization committed to advancing the practice of economic development in Connecticut. It provides a forum for the economic development community, hosts educational programs, promotes sustainable economic growth, and advocates for the improvement of the state’s economy.

West Haven Planning Director Christopher Soto receives the city’s 2022 Silver Certified Community plaque from Connecticut Economic Development Association Board Chair Kristen Gorski at CEDAS headquarters on Long Wharf Drive in New Haven on Wednesday, June 8. The etched glass plaque was awarded to West Haven for exemplifying best practices in economic development and land use. (CMC photo)

This press release was produced by the town of West Haven. The opinions expressed here are those of the author.

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