”Everybody wants a downtown,” city Economic Development Director Juliet Burdelski said. “Meriden is a vibrant community but its downtown has not been.”

Burdeleski addressed a free entrepreneurial workshop at the Silver City Ballroom in Meriden. Potential small business owners, investors and current landlords gathered to hear speakers, a panel discussion with young entrepreneurs, networking reception and walking tour.  The event was sponsored by the Making Meriden Business Center, the Midstate Chamber of Commerce, and the Meriden Economic Development Corporation,

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Photo: Thomas Welsh, President of the Meriden Economic Development Corporation (MEDCO), speaks at the event. Dave Zajac, Record-Journal