Economic Development

Economic Development

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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 focus of the office will be to retain and increase the number of jobs available in the City, by providing customer service and information services to those who have or are seeking to establish or expand a business in Danbury. The Office continues to deliver services designed to stimulate business and community development including: Workforce Development, Transportation, and Infrastructure Improvements.

Fiscal Year 2020-2021 Accomplishments

  • Secured several new and existing businesses in Danbury, including Amazon, Summit Development, Nuvance Health’s new 220,000 sq/ft Corporate HQ and Parker Medical’s 88,000 sq/ft HQ and medical device and component manufacturing plan. Danbury had over 1,042 new business registrations from January 2020 through Dec 31, 2020.
  • Member of the 2023 Plan of Conservation and Development Oversight Committee (POCD)
  • Worked in conjunction with Federal, State and local agencies, committees, and lenders to assist all Danbury businesses in navigating the difficulties and stresses resulting from the COVID 19 pandemic.  The office was responding to requests for assistance 7 days a week throughout 2020 to provide a conduit for businesses and the essential services they desperately needed during this time of crisis.
  • Summit Development’s 1.2 million sq/ft corporate campus is rapidly becoming home to some of the work’s top corporate clients. This 100-acre site is expected to have over 90% of its commercial space leased by December 2020. When this entire development is complete, it will provide a new 21st century workplace environment in Danbury and provide thousands of new job opportunities. In addition, this development will provide shipping, entertainment and recreation to hundreds of new onsite and neighboring residences.
  • Developing, with our Airport Administrator, a comprehensive business development strategy for Danbury Airport. This plan includes working to maximize business growth currently operating as well as utilize available properties for new business development and expansion.
  • Implementing Danbury’s Transit Focus Initiative whose goal is to coordinate, expand and improve the entire city’s mass transit infrastructure. This initiative includes Metro North Rail, Housatonic Rail, Housatonic Area Regional Transit bus, multiple long-distance/commuter bus lines, cab/limo, and our Danbury Municipal Airport.
  • Initiated and led, in cooperation with other Danbury, Putnam County and Federal partners to champion the need for instituting MTA Harlem Line passenger rail service between Danbury and NYC Grand Central Terminal; receiving a $1,000,000 Federal and regional grant to fund feasibility study for the project.

Major Objectives 2021-22

  • Maintain focus on retaining and attracting industry/leading businesses to the City, including companies such as Macerich, Parker Medical, Fuel Cell Energy, Clancy Relocation and Logistics, Summit Development LLC, Encompass Health and Rizzo Corporation.
  • Continued work on development of downtown initiatives: Danbury Downtown Core Development, Transit Focus Initiative – which includes development of the Danbury to Grand Central via Southeast, NY station, Danbury Innovation Center, and CityCenter Danbury.
  • Putnam County Partnership – Develop and implement 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 – Working 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.
  • Danbury’s Office of Business Advocacy was chosen as a member of select Economic Development departments charged in creating a comprehensive Economic Development plan for the State of CT.