2023 Legislative Agenda

Hamden Regional Chamber of Commerce
2024 Legislative Agenda

Your Chamber of Commerce has worked for the past year with Town government to address the issues that matter most to local businesses, and we can see significant progress in a number of areas.

Thanks to funds from the State:

  • The Margaret L. Keefe Center will be upgraded, something long overdue.
  • Hamden’s Fire Station 2 – the location where the Hamden Chamber of Commerce was founded nearly 100 years ago – will also benefit from State funds to modernize the facility.
  • Laurel View Country Club’s banquet hall is being renovated, and the golf course has improved immensely.

But there is still much that needs to be done:

State Policy

  • It is time for the State and the Town to resolve the matter of “The Tire Pond,” the three lots at 2895 State Street. We believe that this land can become tax and job producing property again. The Town is owed over one million dollars in taxes and fines and we can help the Town develop a strategy to acquire these funds. The “Tire Pond” also provides the Town with its only access to the Quinnipiac River. It is therefore potentially a significant resource to the Town.
  • We are pleased with the plans to expand and improve Tweed New Haven Airport; New Haven County needs a first-class facility.
  • The Chamber opposes any State action that would impose arbitrary, universal limits on rent increases for residential properties.

Town Policy

  • Hamden’s financial health remains a major concern to local businesses. This serves to discourage businesses from expanding in or moving to Hamden.  Decisions which affect the Hamden business community should be made with the full participation of Hamden businessesFor example, the decision about how to use ARPA funds needs to be debated and discussed openly. 
  • Grants for Hamden small businesses were promised to become available in September 2023Businesses make decisions based on these promisesWe ae asking the Administration to provide dependable information regarding these grants.  The Chamber can also be helpful in the communication and distribution of these grants. 
  • The Chamber has adopted a slogan, “Support Local Always.” The Town needs to adopt that as well, and attempt, whenever possible, to use local businesses for Town purchases.
  • The Chamber has been a partner in economic development in Hamden for its entire historyThe Town’s most recent economic development plan expired on December 31, 2021We encourage the development of a new long-range economic development plan that reflects the needs of the business community, to assist in the growth and retention of Hamden’s small businessesThe Chamber is ready to partner with the Town in the development of a plan. 
  • The Chamber supports the extension of sewers to the north on Whitney Avenue to grow the tax base and to create opportunities for small business growth.
  • The Town must develop a plan for high-speed internet access for all residents to meet the demands for a 21st century economy.
  • The Town should develop partnerships with business, area institutions and the public school system to prepare our young people for the job market across all economic sectors in Hamden.
  • We support the new administration’s plans to review and update the Town’s zoning regulations to reflect the goals stated in the Plan of Conservation and Development and to create a more equitable economy. We believe that the business community needs to be engaged in the process of these revisions. Hamden Regional Chamber of Commerce 2023 Legislative Agenda Created by the Chamber’s Governmental Affairs Committee, and approved by the Hamden Regional Chamber Board of Directors.
  • Crime remains a major concern for Hamden businesses. Those crimes can discourage in-store shopping, further hurting Hamden’s small businesses, and discourage businesses from considering moving to Hamden. The Town should consult with the business community to develop a proactive approach to solve these problems.
  • Hamden needs to be known as the Town that helps businesses to grow and to thrive, a town that is welcoming. Progress has been made, but more needs to be done to assist businesses trying to open or expandDespite some improvements, businesses still confront an inconsistent application of the rules and regulations in Planning and Zoning, Engineering and the Building Department.   
  • The Olin Powder Farm is a 100+ acre property between Dixwell Avenue and Leeder Hill Drive; it should be a major asset to the Town; the property’s future needs to be resolved, so that this resource is available to all residents.
  • The timely development of the High Meadow property needs to be appropriate to the neighborhood, and in the best interests of the Town. We concur with the analysis that this property is best developed for senior housing and/or health care. Regular updates on the status of this development should be provided.
  • Commit the Town to work with CT Transit to develop a reconfigured map of the New Haven area bus routes, to include additional east-west routes as well as New Haven-centered routes.
  • Work with Quinnipiac University and neighborhood groups, to create a working plan to promote the development of Whitney Avenue from Ives Street to Mt. Carmel Avenue.
  • Develop a stakeholder working group to promote the development of Key Development Nodes as identified in the Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD) including Dixwell Avenue, from the New Haven line to the Wilbur Cross Parkway as well as the State St. and Whitney Avenue corridors.

Created by the Chamber’s Governmental Affairs Committee, and approved by the Hamden Regional Chamber Board of Directors

Nutmeg State Chamber Alliance
2023 Legislative Agenda 

The Nutmeg State Chamber Alliance represents the interests of nearly 900 member businesses and not for profit organizations in Hamden, Meriden, North Haven, Wallingford, and Berlin regions. The 2023 Legislative Action Agenda lists priorities that are the keys to maintaining economic opportunities and creating sound business growth and we ask that our legislators recognize the impact of their actions on business and to support a pro-business environment where:

  • Regional solutions can be implemented to achieve cost savings and efficiencies can be
  • The high costs of doing business in Connecticut would be recognized, analyzed, and reduced so business can remain competitive.
  • Businesses are profitable, thus, able to make investments in personnel, technology, machinery, and equipment to open new business opportunities.
  • Public / private partnerships are encouraged to support the long-term goal of revenue growth.
  • Functions that must be performed by government are done more efficiently.
  • Provide adequate and responsible oversight and regulation while outsourcing other functions whenever possible.

The 2023 Legislative Agenda is offered as a vehicle to build solid relationships and productive alliances with our elected and appointed officials of all levels of government in order to improve the business climate in Connecticut for the short and long term.

Economic Development

  • Continue to seek and support public and private partnerships to procure expertise and funding sources for comprehensive development along the Hartford Line corridor.
  • Coordinate housing policy as a tool and include major employers in making housing policy.
  • Plan for and market the potential of a unified Transit Oriented Development (TOD) corridor along the Hartford rail line.
  • Devote additional state resources to urban areas for urban revitalization.
  • Oppose arbitrary universal rent control so as not to discourage investment in the supply of affordable housing.

State Fiscal Policy 

  • Continue implementing a realistic State Fiscal Policy that requires efficiencies and cost reductions which review and eliminate costly and ineffective state programs and eliminate cost drivers.
  • Continue funding Education as priority.
  • Continue to align salary and benefit packages for state employees with those of the private sector.
  • Preserve Enterprise Zone municipal reimbursements and DECD incentives and encourage and support Opportunity Zone investments.
  • Continue to reduce the state pension liability.
  • Utilize pandemic funding responsibly so as not to incur long-term and permanent, unsustainable costs.
  • Provide adequate funding for contracts with not-for[1]profits that provide services more efficiently on behalf of the State of CT increase contracting for such services with non-profits.


  • Support the expansion and upgrade of Tweed New Haven Airport.
  • Advocate for expansion of public transportation, especially buses, to align with the public and business needs.
  • Encourage increased use of public transit in order to reduce traffic and improve efficiency throughout the region.


  • Continue Advanced Manufacturing, Healthcare and Trades programs and align with education for ample pipeline of talent and skills.
  • Keep the state workforce skilled and competitive by investing in training programs through existing Workforce Investment Boards, community colleges, technical high schools and other resources to make Connecticut’s businesses more productive and competitive.
  • Advocate for programs, including affordable childcare and other incentives to allow people to return to the workforce.

Energy / Technology 

  • Encourage businesses and government – including transportation – to participate in energy efficiency programs including CPACE and renewable energy options.
  • Take a fresh look at energy: including investigating rates, generation and distribution in the area and options and benefits of alternative systems and pre[1]planning for future capacity.


  • Develop and implement a sustainable system for funding education from early learning to post graduate education.
  • Create a course of study which reflects the needs of Connecticut’s business community, including financial literacy as part of high school graduation requirements.
  • Continue to fully fund PACT (Pledge to Advance Connecticut) – the free community college tuition program.
  • Strengthen the presence of Middlesex and Gateway Community Colleges and private universities in the region both now and in the future as the 12 community colleges consolidate into one statewide institution.

Health Care

  • Support the continuation of Access Heath CT.
  • Maintain support of affordable and universal healthcare including Medicare and Medicaid funding.
  • Promote a healthy community through the support of recreation programs, regional greenways and encouraging public / private partnerships.
  • Develop continuous planning for future pandemics / crises to respond quickly and avoid economic damage to business and employment.

Created by the Chamber’s Governmental Affairs Committee, and approved by the Hamden Regional Chamber Board of Directors