March 6, 2018

Meriden opens new downtown business center

City leaders opened Meriden's new downtown business center on Monday, a clearinghouse for information on business opportunities in the city.

The Meriden Economic Development Corp. said it launched the center at 5 Colony St., with funding from private and government partners, as the city prepares for the next phase of a plan to revive its downtown.

Called the "Making Meriden Business Center," the storefront will offer concierge-like services to property and business owners and help link potential new businesses with available resources and programs, officials said.

Longtime Meriden resident and business development specialist David Cooley will run the center with staff from the business booster organization Connecticut Main Street Center, officials said.

"With our new park, available retail spaces, pending commuter rail service and new housing, downtown Meriden is now positioned for a rebirth," Cooley said in a statement. "I am excited to bring my business experience to assist in 'Making Meriden' all it can be."

The center will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday, and by appointment.

Visitors will have access to maps, lists of available properties for lease or sale and information on business incentives and other economic development programs.

The center will also serve as a centralized meeting space for training, events and workshops supporting local businesses, MEDCO said.

Other partners include Liberty Bank, TD Bank, Eversource, the Midstate Chamber of Commerce and the Small Business Development Center.

Natalie Missakian can be reached at

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