Economic Development Resources
Durham Economic Development Commission
Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) is an innovative program that is helping commercial, industrial and multi-family property owners access affordable, long-term financing for smart energy upgrades to their buildings. C-PACE allows building owners to finance qualifying energy efficiency and clean energy improvements through a voluntary assessment on their property tax bill. Property owners pay for the improvements over time through this additional charge on their property tax bill, and the repayment obligation transfers automatically to the next owner if the property is sold. Capital provided under the C-PACE program is secured by a lien on the property, so low-interest capital can be raised from the private sector. C-PACE is an economic development tool for cities and towns across Connecticut. Energy upgrades create a more competitive environment for attracting and retaining businesses through lower energy costs. Furthermore, energy upgrades create new jobs while reducing greenhouse gases and other pollutants. The Town of Durham has passed the necessary resolution to participate and has signed an agreement with the Connecticut Green Bank to participate.
Connecticut Small Business Development Center
Where can you turn when you need business help? when you don't know the steps to start out, how to get a business loan, or what it takes to attract new customers? When you have a dream, but aren't sure how to make it a reality? An office of the Connecticut Small Business Development Center has opened at the Middlesex Chamber of Commerce Office 393 Main Street, Middletown, CT 860 347-6924
Here's some ways CTSBDC can help: Startup assistance; business planning; growth strategies; financial analysis; market research; marketing and social media training; budget preparation and forecasting; international trade consulting; regulatory issues; emergency preparedness.
Call 855-4CT-SBDC or visit the website for more information or to schedule a no-cost consultation
Connecticut Economic Resource Center, Inc.
CERC is a nonprofit corporation specializing in economic development
and marketing for local, regional, state and utility economic development entities.
CERC Site Finder
CERC SiteFinder ® is the most comprehensive listing service of available commercial and industrial properties, for sale or for lease, in Connecticut. Search for a building, site, or office space from our inventory of over 2,500 listings, posted by the hundreds of commercial real estate firms and brokers who are members of SiteFinder.
Each listing has a detailed property profile containing information on available space, lease rate or sale price, and much more. Start searching here.
The Connecticut Licensing Information Center (CT-CLIC) is a collaborative project of the Office of Policy and Management, CERC and 27 state agencies. CT-CLIC is an online resource tool that streamlines access to licensing and permitting information across state government. It gives Connecticut citizens and businesses quick, convenient, around-the-clock access to information about 900 licensing and permitting activities administered by the 27 participating state agencies.
CT-CLIC’s goal is to enhance Connecticut’s economy and quality of life by giving the state a significant competitive advantage in retaining, attracting and growing businesses.
CT-CLIC is made up of two components: a self-service Web site, www.ct-clic.com, and Smart Start, a full-service business registry program operated through Connecticut’s Business Response Center (housed at CERC) where customers can get individualized help with licensing and registration. The personal business assistance service provided by Smart Start is free of charge and is accessed by calling 1-800-392-2122 or sending e-mail to SmartStart@cerc.com.
Middlesex County Revitalization Commission of the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce
Chair: Laura Francis
Staff Liaison: Jeff Pugliese Middlesex Chamber of Commerce
Meeting Time: Quarterly
Learn more about MCRC click here
Led by First Selectman of Durham, Laura Francis, the Revitalization Commission continues to address regional economic development issues and focuses on the revitalization of manufacturing and commercial districts of Middlesex County. The Revolving Loan Fund is available through the Revitalization Commission and is designed to encourage business growth that results in the retention or creation of jobs in the region. The original action plan has recently been revised as well as all electronic loan application documents to make for an easier and more efficient process. As the Commission remains active within the county, the group looks forward to addressing specific issues and meeting certain goals.