Business Advocacy

Business Advocacy

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Mission

The Office of Business Advocacy will oversee all economic development efforts throughout the city and will act as a bridge between city government and small to medium sized businesses as well as Danbury’s existing large corporate base.

Department Goals

The Office of Business Advocacy is a resource for those seeking to establish or expand a business in Danbury. The Office focuses on the ability to retain and increase the number of jobs available in the City and to support the efforts of our current and future business partners. The Office continues to deliver services designed to stimulate business and community development including: Workforce Development, Transportation, and Infrastructure Improvements.

Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Accomplishments

Secured several new and existing businesses in Danbury, including Praxair Technologies, Naugatuck Valley Community College, Opportunity Buying, and Shop-Rite.

Working to create and implement a Transit Oriented Development (TOD) study for Danbury’s core in order to revitalize the downtown economy while improving coordination and access of public transportation.

Joined the State of CT ‘Come Home to Downtown’ program to implement an exciting initiative that empowers property owners in our downtown community with the tools to revitalize their historic properties.

Grant finalist in CTNEXT’s ‘Innovation Places Program’ in order to develop an innovation corridor in Danbury to support entrepreneurs and other business leaders in developing incubators that will attract talent high-growth enterprises are seeking.

Major Objectives 2017-2018

Maintain focus on retaining and attracting industry-leading businesses to the City, including companies such as Praxair, FuelCell Energy, Cartus and Belimo Air Controls.

Continue work on development of downtown initiatives: Danbury Downtown Core Development, Transit Focus Development, Main Street Partnership, Danbury Innovation Center, and CityCenter Danbury.

Putnam County Partnership – Develop strategies with Putnam County to identify regional opportunities to promote the sharing of resources. This includes services and facilities, economic development, recreational amenities, and infrastructure improvements.

Danbury-Waterbury Corridor – Work with Waterbury officials and our I84 corridor leadership to develop an economic development zone to maximize regional public resources and encourage business and job growth.