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The city is named after the Meriden Gap, a pass through the hills which was first settled in 1640 and later became part of U.S. Route 5 and Interstate 91. The largest employer is General Electric, whose headquarters are located within the city limits; other major employers include Connecticut Department of Correction's maximum security prison (Northern Correctional Institution), Yale–New Haven Hospital, Southern Connecticut State University, United Illuminating Company (a subsidiary of Avangrid Inc.), CCSU Police Department/Meriden Police Academy as well as numerous small businesses that serve both local residents and commuters from surrounding areas such as Wallingford to New Haven or Waterbury to Hartford via I-91 or US 5. The City has three main sections: Downtown Meriden ("Downtown"), Midtown Meriden ("Midtown") with its Main Street district centered at "Five Corners" where Main St., Boston Post Rd., Westfield Ave., East Pearl St., Park Ave.