Meriden, CT – Meriden’s community and business leaders celebrated the grand opening of the “Making Meriden Business Center” at 5:00 PM on Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 5 Colony Street.
The Making Meriden Business Center (the “Center”) is a cooperative effort between the Meriden Economic Development Corporation (MEDCO), the Midstate Chamber of Commerce and the City of Meriden. The Center will serve as a home base for Business Development Specialist David Cooley, who will be supporting business growth in downtown Meriden. Funding support for the Center is provided by MEDCO, Liberty Bank, TD Bank, Eversource, and other partners.
The Center is being launched in anticipation of the next phase of Meriden’s downtown revitalization. “The Center will provide convenient ‘concierge’ type services to downtown property and business owners and help link prospective businesses to available business development programs. We also now have a centralized meeting space for economic development meetings, training, events, and workshops supporting local businesses—all within walking distance to the new commuter rail line,” said Thomas Welsh, President of MEDCO.
“With resources and budgets stretched thin everywhere, we are extremely pleased that several partners have stepped up to provide financial and in-kind support to make the Center a reality,” said Juliet Burdelski, the City’s Director of Economic Development. “We expect the downtown concierge and additional services will help spur new business development.”
The Center will be managed by lifelong Meriden resident and Business Development Specialist, David Cooley with support from Connecticut Main Street Center. “With our new park, available retail spaces, commuter rail service, and new housing, downtown Meriden is now positioned for a rebirth. I am excited to bring my business experience to assist in “Making Meriden” all it can be,” said Cooley.
“We look forward to continuing our partnership with Meriden,” said CT Main Street Executive Director Patrick McMahon. CT Main Street Center will provide technical assistance to downtown property owners interested in redevelopment as well as placemaking assistance to help create a sustainable and successful downtown.
”The Midstate Chamber of Commerce is pleased to continue its downtown presence through this initiative”, said Chamber President Sean Moore. “We also would like to recognize all of our business partners, including Eversource, Liberty Bank and Silver City Properties, for their support of the Making Meriden Business Center and for their continued efforts to improving downtown Meriden.”
The Making Meriden Business Center will be open to the public from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM on Monday through Friday and by appointment. Visitors will have access to maps, lists of available properties for lease or for sale, and information on the incentives and other programs available for business expansion and new business development. Visitors to the Center can also enjoy two hours of free parking at the City of Meriden Church Street Garage, located at 60 Church Street, or at the ConnDOT parking garage located behind 24 Colony Street.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
David Cooley, Making Meriden Business Center, 5 Colony Street, Meriden, CT 06450, 203-494-5575
Or Visit: www.meridenbiz.com/making-meriden/