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South Central Connecticut is a vibrant region of small cities, suburbs and rural communities situated between New York and Boston. Anchored by New Haven in the south and Meriden in the north, the 15 towns comprising the region all participate in a regional economy where businesses and residents share common infrastructure, cultural assets and natural resources.

The region is strategically located at the intersection of Interstates 91 and 95 with convenient rail connections via Metro-North, Shore Line East and Amtrak to New York, Boston and destinations along the Connecticut shoreline. You can reach the entire northeast easily – the Canadian border to the North Carolina border is all within a 500-mile radius.

What you should know
  • Close proximity to major international corporations and world‐renown institutions (Yale, UTC, Electric Boat).
  • Close air proximity to Tweed New Haven Regional Airport, Bradley International Airport, La Guardia, JFK, Providence and White Plains.
  • Proximity to major industry leaders: Many businesses identify themselves as being located in this region. This includes major medical institutions (Yale‐New Haven Hospital, St. Raphael’s, St. Vincent’s, MidState Medical Center), United Technologies / Pratt & Whitney / Sikorsky, Electric Boat, Pfizer, and Yale University.
  • The location of the region provides a myriad of venue options for businesses. There are decidedly urban settings, such as downtown New Haven and downtown Meriden. There are strong suburban settings with easy highway access, inexpensive parking options, and proximity to a highly educated workforce. There are picturesque settings, including the town green areas of many of the smaller towns and the shoreline district of the region. Finally, there are more rural environment options that are well‐suited for certain business operations.
Many businesses, especially professional services, view the cost of space as less expensive in this region than their other offices in New York City, Boston, and The District of Columbia. Young professionals find the quality of life in the 15 towns professionally stimulating at a fraction of the cost of living in NYC or Boston.

Connecticut’s greatest asset is its highly skilled and productive workforce. Connecticut also has a very highly educated workforce. The state ranks 4th in the nation with 34.7% of the population over the age of 25 having a bachelor's degree or higher. The median wage for an aerospace engineer in Connecticut is lower than the national average. Based on 2008 Bureau of Labor Statistics data the median wage for an aerospace engineer in Connecticut is $38.66, the national average is $44.48.

The manufacturing value added per production worker in Connecticut is $301,166, compared to other states in this category, Connecticut ranks 7th. And Connecticut ranks 3rd in the country for per capita gross state product.

The Greater New Haven Region is an area with a rich cultural and historical past. Each of the 15 towns contribute a wide and distinct history of firsts.  Below is a sample of the region's achievements. Click here for a more complete list. 

First Hamburger Sandwich. It was cooked at Louis' Lunch in New Haven in 1900. Louis' descendants are still cooking them the same way today, on the original grill – garnished with tomato and onion only. Don't even think of asking for ketchup!

First Pizza in Connecticut. In 1900 Frank Pepe brought his family's recipe for tomato pie with him when he emigrated from Italy. From this basic recipe, he developed the pizza we all know and love today. Visitors to Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napolitano on Wooster Street can still enjoy pizza baked in the original brick ovens.

First Lollipop. George C. Smith of Bradley-Smith Candy Company, New Haven, decided in 1892 to put sticks into balls of candy he was making.

First Planned City. New Haven became America’s first planned city in 1638 when it was laid out in nine squares. The New Haven Green is the central square and was designed as the marketplace, public square and burying ground.

First Medical Diploma. Daniel Turner was the first man in America to receive a medical diploma, which was conferred by Yale College on September 11, 1729. His honorary degree of Doctor of Medicine was a reward for valuable monetary contributions to Yale. Mr. Turner never practiced medicine.

First Cotton Gin. In 1794, Yale College Graduate Eli Whitney of Hamden invented the cotton gin, a device that made cotton economically profitable by eliminating thousands of hours required to pick the seeds out by hand. Whitney's original cotton gin is on display at the New Haven Museum & Historical Society. Whitney was the founder of "Whitneyville" in Hamden, the site of his factory village. 

First Assembly Line. Eli Whitney developed the American System of manufacturing in 1799, using the ideas of division of labor and of engineering tolerance, to create assemblies from parts in a repeatable manner.

First Corkscrew. New Havener Philios P. Blake was granted a patent in 1860 for his corkscrew. It was a good idea, but the extensive use of hardwood stoppers was a severe handicap until cork came into greater use, whereupon the corkscrew became a universal gadget.

First Hybrid Corn. In 1916 the first higher-yielding lines of hybrid corn was developed in America at the Connecticut Agricultural Station in New Haven.

First American Submarine. Yale student David Bushnell invented the first submarine in 1776 during his senior year at Yale University. Although tiny and able to travel underwater, it was not very effective in its 1776 attack against a British vessel even though it carried an explosive charge.

First Modern Submarine. Milford is the home of Simon Lake, inventor of the modern submarine. The original submarine is on display at Milford Landing.

First Clinical use of Penicillin. In 1942 Yale New Haven Hospital was the location for the first successful clinical use of penicillin in the United States.

First Ever Use of Chemotherapy as a Cancer Treatment. The results of studies on nitrogen mustard compounds, a chemical warfare agent, at Yale University led to the development of chemotherapy. The first human application in 1942 at Yale New Haven Hospital yielded a temporary remission for a patient suffering from Hodgkin's Disease.

First Course in Pediatric Medicine. Dr. Eli Ives presents the country’s first pediatric course at Yale Medical College in 1813. Connecticut's First Hospital. Yale New Haven Hospital, originally called the General Hospital Society of Connecticut, opened as an 11-bed facility in 1826, becoming Connecticut's first and the nation's fourth volunteer hospital.

First Heart-Lung Machine. William H. Swell Jr. and William Glen developed a prototype heart-lung machine at Yale-New Haven Hospital in 1949. A major breakthrough in modern medicine, this bypass equipment allows physicians to perform delicate operations directly on the heart while blood flow proceeded normally.

Eight colleges and universities make the South Central region a leader in higher education. Nationally recognized programs in law, medicine, business, criminal justice and communications attract students from throughout the Northeast, nation and world. These schools also play an important role in training the region’s future workforce, offering certificate programs, associates degrees and business training as well as continuing education for incumbent workers.

With institutions such as Yale University, Quinnipiac University, Southern Connecticut State University, University of New Haven, Albertus Magnus College, and Paier College of Art, the region produces approximately than 6,000 new college graduates each spring, not even including technical colleges and graduate programs. Producing this educated workforce takes a robust labor pool. The education sector – including both higher education and primary/secondary education – employs more than 19,000 people.

Yale University
Yale University is the most significant economic engine in the region. A world-class research university with an undergraduate college and 13 graduate and professional schools, Yale draws scholars, students and creative talent from across the world to form a community of 11,000+ students and 12,000+ employees, with a direct impact on Connecticut’s economy of over $1 billion per year. Yale’s scientific research surpasses $400 million per year, helping to fuel the world-class bioscience industry in the region. Over $1 billion in capital investments in the last five years has created thousands of jobs and opportunity for local businesses and contractors. In addition, Yale has made substantial investments in downtown New Haven, helping to revitalize key commercial and residential districts, spurring millions of dollars in additional private investment.
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