New Canaan may partner in marketing; joint tourism idea gains support

How do you get more people from New York City to come and spend time — and money — in Ridgefield? Some members of the Economic and Community Development Commission see partnering with New Canaan’s marketing efforts as one option. Chairman Arnold Light said he recently met with members of New Canaan’s Chamber of Commerce and Tourism and Economic Development … read more

Business development: Where does the town go from here?

Plans to build a hotel, bike lanes, electric car chargers, entry-level housing — those were some of the things town officials said they want included in Ridgefield’s roadmap for the future at a meeting on April 2. The hearing was the second in a series of three listening sessions organized by the Planning and Zoning Commission, as it undertakes its … read more

Economics commission celebrates dwindling Main Street retail vacancies

The winter slump of empty Main Street storefronts appears to have come to a close, after several new businesses announced plans to open. “Everything seems to be rented in town, except for the framing place,” said Chairman Arnold Light of the Economic and Community Development Commission (ECDC) on April 1. Vice Chairman John Devine noted that the Ridgefield Running Company … read more

Jazz, Funk, and Blues weekend will be Sept. 5-8

The second annual Jazz, Funk, and Blues weekend will be held from Sept. 5-8, according to Geoffrey Morris of the Economic and Community Development Commission. “CHIRP has scheduled Fairfield Counts for Thursday, Sept. 5, at Ballard Park, and then the library, the Aldrich, and Lounsbury House are going to fill in the blanks and book people,” Morris said. Once the … read more

Wi-Fi in the village? Economic commission debates public Internet access

Free public Wi-Fi — wireless Internet access for cell phones and other mobile devices — in downtown Ridgefield received tentative support from the Economic and Community Development Commission (ECDC) Monday night. “You have one hub — which would be in town hall — and then you have a series of booster-receivers that go around, so we could do all of … read more

Chamber incentives: Health insurance, phone discounts proposed to lure members

The Chamber of Commerce is hoping a new incentive package will help stave off its recent membership decline. Kim Bova, who took over as the chamber’s executive director in October, said the package will give members access to a national health insurance network and a discount on Verizon phone services. “I came in at a time of needing to redefine … read more

Downtown rebound: Three businesses plan openings, three more to come

Countering mounting concerns about empty storefronts, three business got zoning approvals last week with plans to open this spring — two on Main Street and one on Danbury Road. The three new businesses — two restaurants and a women’s fashion shop — got approvals from the Planning and Zoning Commission at its Feb. 26 meeting. The new businesses approvals were: … read more

Frey pitches cultural districts to Economic and Community Development Commission

Ridgefield state Rep. John Frey (R-111) has introduced a bill that would allow the state to create cultural districts — walkable areas in cities and towns known for the arts and historical attractions. “The idea is to have a walking cultural district,” said Frey at the Economic and Community Development Commission’s meeting Monday night. “We’re historically rich, and we’re arts … read more

Marketing Ridgefield with Danbury? The idea has proponents

Fairfield County can become a tourist destination, and Ridgefield has a role to play in turning that dream into a reality.  That was the takeaway from a recent Economic and Community Development Commission discussion where developing a marketing strategy with other neighboring towns — and possibly cities — seemed to have its proponents.  “Everyone says Connecticut is in the dumps … read more

Web wizard Devine reappointed to town’s economic committee

John Devine, who led efforts to market Ridgefield community events in neighboring towns through targeted Facebook advertising, has been reappointed to the Economic and Community Development Commission. He also helps manage the economic commission’s website “You’ve done a remarkable job,” Selectwoman Maureen Kozlark told him. “The website alone is worth all the effort.” The Board of Selectmen voted unanimously Jan. … read more

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