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Posted on: May 5, 2022

Norwalk Earns Gold Standard, the Highest Distinction in Best Practices in Economic Development

(Norwalk, Conn.) Today, Mayor Rilling announced that the City of Norwalk was selected as a 2022 Gold Level Certified Community in Best Practices in Economic Development & Land Use Planning on behalf of the Connecticut Economic Development Association (CEDAS). The City of Norwalk is one of three communities in the state to achieve the distinction of gold. 

“This is an enormous achievement and a tribute to the dedication of our team, especially Jessica Vonashek, Chief of Economic and Community Development, and her team,” said Norwalk Mayor Rilling. “Together, we’ve put Norwalk on the map. It’s a place people want to live, raise their families, start their businesses, and plant roots. It has become a well-known gem in Connecticut, and we will continue to plan, organize, and implement exciting economic and community development projects to add to its vibrancy.”

In February, the City of Norwalk applied for the CEDAS Best Practices Certification Program in Economic Development & Land Use. The CEDAS reviews each applicant’s existing economic development and community strategies to determine areas where a community may excel or need to improve and rates their overall economic vitality. The application contains four components: communications & marketing; coordination & collaboration; organizational capacity & strategy; and policies & programs.

The CEDAS is planning an awards ceremony for the first week of June. The CEDAS certified twelve municipalities in Economic Development and Land Use Planning across Connecticut, rating them at three levels: Gold, Silver, and Bronze. In addition to Norwalk, the municipalities that earned the 2022 Gold Level recognition are the Town of Cheshire and the Town of Orange. The 2022 Silver Level certified communities selected are the Towns of Ellington, Guilford, Hamden, North Branford, Willington, Woodbridge, and the City’s of Torrington and West Haven. The 2022 Bronze Level certified community was awarded to the Town of Berlin.

The CEDAS is a not-for-profit membership organization committed to advancing the practice and process of economic development in Connecticut. It created the Best Practices Certification Program in 2019. Its goal is to improve the overall quality of economic development services by creating process standards; to drive communities to pursue excellence in land use and economic development by recognizing communities with best practices throughout Connecticut. Learn more here: https://www.cedas.org/Resources/CT-Best-Practices-In-Land-Use-and-Economic-Development/
 

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