HVCEO - Housatonic Valley Council of Elected Officials
A partnership of public and private sector citizens was formed in 2010 to search for ways to enhance economic development initiatives throughout the Greater Danbury-New Milford area. This regional group, the Western Connecticut Economic Development Alliance, is focused on strengthening public and private sector efforts to expand the economy of Western Connecticut.
A regional approach will also enable our area to meet new requirements by the Connecticut General Assembly that give priority for state infrastructure grants to economic development activities derived from regional, no longer just municipal, economic development plans.
That goal aside, it is time for the many economic development groups in the area to pause and jointly update their marketing and other data bases. Then, integrate the new shared resources into their on-going work.
Meetings of this group are hosted by Greater Danbury Chamber of Commerce President Stephen Bull, and are led by WCEDA Chair Harold Kurfehs of Brookfield.
Membership as of February 2013 is as follows:
6. Maura Ruby, Danbury
Fair Mall, The Macerich Company
Meeting minutes are prepared by Newtown Director of Economic and Community Development Elizabeth Stocker. To review activities thus far:
PREPARING THE ECONOMIC PLAN
The WCEDA will direct the production of a regional "Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy" Plan (CEDS Plan). This nationally recognized format will meet all state requirements mandated for regional economic development planning and provide a fresh marketing perspective for each municipality. Members of the CEDS Steering Committee are noted above.
In a 11/22/2011 letter to the US Economic
Development Administration CT DECD Commissioner Catherine
Smith stated that she "strongly endorses the Housatonic
Valley application to EDA...." And that "DECD
has a long and successful history of working with the HVCEO
region on major infrastructure projects. Currently we have
substantial projects underway in Danbury, New Milford, Newtown
FUNDING THE ECONOMIC PLAN
The needed regional economic plan and marketing
update will be funded cooperatively by federal, municipal
and business sources. See the CEDS
Marketing Sponsorship Flyer prepared by Fund
Raising Committee Chair Jeff Ryer.
The federal government is supporting this
effort thru a grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration.
Then the ten municipalities in the area are diverting part
of their HVCEO membership dues towards the CEDS process.
And contributions are being made by leading businesses at
the following levels:
RESEARCH AND RESOURCES