Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Transportation Connections Workshop

Are there opportunities for increasing public transit options in Manchester?

How does Manchester fit into the regional public transit picture?

What are complete streets and how are they implemented?

How does the Town currently accommodate pedestrians and bicyclists?

These questions will be addressed at the next Manchester 2020 thematic workshop on April 6th at 7 PM in the Great Path Community Commons on the campus of Manchester Community College.

Increasing public transit options and improving bicycle and pedestrian connections were consistent themes brought up by residents at the 2020 Quadrant Discovery Workshops. Many community members expressed interest in learning about possibilities for increased transportation alternatives, including public transit and connections via safe pedestrian and bicycle travel. Representatives from the Capitol Region Council of Governments, CT Transit and the Town of Manchester will be at this workshop to present information and lead a discussion on these issues.

Registration for this event is not required but is appreciated. Please email or call 860-647-3044 to RSVP.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

The Economic Impacts of CT Agriculture

In anticipation of the March 22nd workshop on Manchester's Agricultural Future, check out this UConn study on the economic impacts of agriculture in Connecticut. The study found that:
  • The total impact of agriculture on the Connecticut economy is up to $3.5 billion, including $1.7 billion in value added.
  • Agriculture generates approximately 20,000 jobs statewide.
  • The Connecticut agriculture industry generates about $1,000 in sales per CT resident.
Click on the image below to access the report.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Manchester's Agricultural Future: March 22nd

Think agriculture in Manchester is a thing of the past? Think again.

All members of the Manchester community are invited to attend a workshop on the present and future of agriculture in Manchester on Tuesday, March 22nd at 7:00 p.m. in the Great Path Community Commons on the Manchester Community College campus.

Many participants at the 2020 quadrant discovery workshops suggested preserving and encouraging agricultural activities in town as important goals for the community. This workshop will provide a brief overview of Manchester's agricultural history, examples of the diverse agricultural activities that currently exist in town, and how these and similar activities can be protected and encouraged in the future. The benefits of and current trends in local food production will also be addressed.

Advance registration is not necessary but is appreciated. Please call the Planning Department at 860-647-3044 or email with any questions, or to RSVP.