Easing the climate for business growth in town and capitalizing on Ridgefield\u2019s attractions as an arts and cultural destination are goals John Devine articulated as he was reappointed to the Economic and Community Development Commission by the selectmen Feb. 8. \u201cThe arts are a real asset, and the village,\u201d Devine told the selectmen. In terms of making the town more business-friendly, Devine said that to learn of the pitfalls, he\u2019d gone through the \u201cpermit process\u201d with a small business owner who was expanding her store. \u201cIt took me 16 different trips to different offices in town,\u201d he said. A goal of the economic commission is to make most of those efforts steps that people can do online. \u201cWe\u2019re going to make it all electronic, to the extent possible, with everything but the hearings,\u201d he said. The commission is also trying to host a centralized listing of commercial space available in town. \u201cAny landlord or commercial broker can list commercial property on the website for free,\u201d he said. The Economic and Community Development Commission would continue the efforts it had advanced in 2016: Marketing the town. Making the town more \u201cbusiness friendly.\u201d Education for small business owners. Devine told the selectmen that Ridgefield had a lot going for it economically with all the cultural and arts activity. He cited research by the National Council on the Arts asserting that \u201cmore people participate in the arts in a year than if you take attendance at every sporting event and every theme park combined.\u201d \u201cWe\u2019ve made a lot of progress. We have a great town,\u201d Devine said. The selectmen voted 5-0 to reappoint him. \u201cIt\u2019s an important commission, and we thank you,\u201d said Selectman Bob Hebert.