Video, social media, and print: Marketing town’s many assets

Culture, community, concerts, fine food, family, green lawns, and shady sidewalks — Ridgefield is rich in life’s treasures. Now an alliance of town business leaders wants to get the word out with a marketing campaign. “There’s so many great things happening in the town — whether the cultural, the commercial, the community — I think it’s time we let the … read more

First-floor retail incentives: Commission readies plan

“It’ll drive the economy, it’ll drive the tax base, it’ll drive the rents,” John Devine said of the ‘first-floor retail’ incentive package the Economic and Community Development Commission has put together for the village business district. The incentive package — headlined by three years’ abatement of town taxes — is scheduled to be presented at the Board of Selectmen’s Sept. … read more

Economics commission appoints new member

Stephany Pound Sanderson was appointed to the Economic and Community Development Commission at the Board of Selectmen meeting Wednesday, April 19. Coming from a small business background and having managed a store on Main Street for years, Pound Sanderson believes her perspective will be helpful for the commission. “I like the fact that you managed a store on Main Street … read more

John Devine: Economics commission wants 'business-friendly' town

Easing the climate for business growth in town and capitalizing on Ridgefield’s 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. “The arts are a real asset, and the village,” Devine told the selectmen. In terms of making the town more … read more

First-floor retail rule: Commission wants to hear town’s reaction Tuesday

A “first-floor retail” rule — the idea that the town should limit property owners’ ability to rent ground-floor commercial space for offices or other uses that aren’t attractive to shoppers — is again being considered by the Planning and Zoning Commission. An informal public hearing — Commission Chairwoman Rebecca Mucchetti described it as an “open mic night” — on the … read more

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