CCEA Outlook - February 2015
Is Connecticut on a roll? Preliminary estimates for 2014 show Connecticut growing faster than the national economy and
then surging by a stunning (and not yet believable) 8.1% in 2015, before tapering off to 3.2% growth for 2016.
Connecticut might now be on a strong growth trajectory, driven by biotechnology, aerospace engineering, venture capital,
and a significantly more competitive environment. However, the array of interconnected downside risks, both political
and eocnomic, is unusually long.
Connecticut Green Bank’s Residential Solar Investment Program:
Economic Impact Analysis of Existing Commitments and Future Scenarios
This CCEA study of the Connecticut Green Bank's Residential Solar Investment Program (RSIP)
describes how existing commitments not only resulted in job creation and higher personal income in the State,
but also indicate that future plans will likely have an even greater positive impact.
Economic Impact Analysis of CPV Towantic, LLC’s Construction and
Operation of an 805 MW Electricity Generation Facility in Oxford, CT
CCEA forecasts the construction and operation
of the CPV Towantic Energy Center in Oxford, CT will generate more than $7.9 billion in additional personal income
for Connecticut households, increase real state GDP by more than 7.8 billion, and create significant employment,
over the next 25 years.
Predictability of How Single-Family Home Values Respond to a Changing Neighborhood: The Case of Oxford, CT
This essay offers a high-level review of academic literature that evaluates
factors impacting the valuation of single-family residential real estate. The focus is on the impact exogenous events can, may, or will likely
have on those residential values. The assessment concludes with a view of the specific situation in
Oxford, CT, where construction of a fossil fuel (primarily natural gas) power generation plant has been licensed.
CCEA in the News
December 2014 - CCEA Director Fred Carstensen suggests an
Idea to Lessen Federal Taxes for CT Taxpayers
without reducing CT tax revenues, to the CT Mirror. He hopes a congressional study group will review
(1) replacing the current state property tax credit for households (2) while
"crediting" the same amount to low-income families as a sales tax rebate.
The benefit is that the rebate does not get summed into the federal "Adjusted Gross Income" line,
whereas the current property credit is taxable.
for their Community Connectedness initiative: the Mansfield Community Playgroound :|
is pleased to announce: We're Building a Playground, the story of their preparation for their hoped-for Spring 2015 build-out.
CCEA has collaborated with and contributed to MAC's initiatives since 2012, assisting by providing analysis and recommendations for the Town of Mansfield's
Early Childhood Office and the volunteer MAC teams as they focus on their goal:
All Mansfield Children ages birth through 8 years old are healthy, successful learners, and their families are connected to the community.
Updated February 18, 2015.