Videos promoting Norwich shown to council, public

THE DAY (June 19, 2019) — The city’s plans to bring new residents and business by marketing itself were presented Monday to the City Council and public.

Highlights of the half-hour presentation was the showing of four short videos produced this year by Miranda Creative, a Norwich brand marketing firm.

Maria Miranda, the firm’s owner and creative director, presented them as part of an overall marketing strategy funded by $25,000 in the city’s budget last year and this year.

The theme of all four videos is “City on the Rise,” she said.

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City on the Rise

Restaurants on the Rise

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Residents on the Rise

Thriving together. Hear from residents Samuel, Kathy, and Suki, about living in Norwich. Learn how Norwich can give rise to your residency at askncdc.com.


Workforce on the Rise

Working together. Hear from Linda Farinha of Norwich Free Academy, Mary Ellen Jukowski of Three Rivers Community College, and Patty King of Norwich Technical High School about the workforce development programs in Norwich. Learn how Norwich can give rise to your workforce at askncdc.com.


Businesses on the Rise

Prospering together. Hear from John Mancini of Eastern Savings Bank, Bob Buckley of Dime Bank, and Ornet Himes of Liberty Bank about lending opportunities in Norwich. Learn how Norwich can give rise to your business at askncdc.com.

Departing Stonington planning director Jason Vincent returning to NCDC in Norwich

THE DAY (October 11, 2019) — Jason Vincent’s planning career will take another U-turn along Route 2 next week, when he returns to the Norwich Community Development Corp., days after his resignation as Stonington planning director.

NCDC President Robert Mills announced Friday that Vincent has been hired as senior vice president at NCDC, rejoining the Norwich economic development agency he left in January 2016 to become director of planning in Stonington. Vincent is a professional planner with more than two decades of experience in the public and private sectors, including four years at NCDC previously. He starts in the new position on Tuesday, Oct. 15.

“Many of us in Norwich always hoped that Jason’s career path would return him to our community,” Mills said in a news release announcing Vincent’s hiring. “Without a doubt, Jason has a personal, vested interest in the future of Norwich and we fully expect him to bring his array of exceptional skills and incredible passion to this position.”

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Mills sees potential for Norwich in State Pier ideas

THE DAY (October 2, 2019) — At the Eastern Connecticut Chamber of Commerce’s Business Breakfast on Wednesday, Robert Mills, the president of the Norwich Community Development Corporation, expressed interest in the Connecticut Port Authority’s (CPA) plan for expansion on the deepwater port in New London, and he wanted to see if any of those insights are applicable to Norwich.

Mills is interested in development of land along the Thames River basin, including land in Norwich.

The speaker at the breakfast was David Kooris, acting chair of the CPA and the deputy commissioner of the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD). The focus of the CPA portion of the talk was the State Pier in New London, and how they plan to make New London a hub for assembling, and eventually manufacturing, offshore wind turbines.

Mills said that the land will “remain underutilized until the issues you’re addressing at the pier can be applied elsewhere.”

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