WestCOG is holding Focus Groups to hear from business owners and stakeholders in the region about the strengths and weaknesses they see in the region’s economy. They are particularly interested in the barriers businesses in the region face. What is holding businesses back? What can be improved to help businesses?
WestCOG is preparing a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) that will guide our region’s economic development efforts over the next five years. Input from the region’s business community and other interested stakeholders is an essential part of creating the plan. This business survey is one tool to gather that input. Continue reading Business Survey Launched
The Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) contributes to effective economic development in the region and its communities through a locally-based, regionally-driven economic development planning process.
Western Connecticut Economic Development Plan: A Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy, 2017
Created in collaboration with the Region’s private sector and public input, this CEDS was prepared to meet State and federal planning requirements for economic development grants. It also serves as a refreshed regional data base for municipal marketing and economic development efforts. It was adopted by the COG Council on October 5, 2017. State approval was received on December 12, 2017. Federal approval is currently being sought.
Western CT Economic Advisory Group
WestCOG has worked to create a new unified CEDS for our new unified region. Per EDA requirements, WestCOG has called together stakeholders to create the Western CT Economic Advisory Group.
Western Connecticut Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS), 2013
In conjunction with the Housatonic Valley Region’s private sector, this extensive CEDS report was prepared to meet CT DECD regional planning requirements for state economic development grants. It also serves as a refreshed regional data base for municipal marketing and economic development efforts.
One Coast, One Future, 2009
One Coast, One Future is a consortium of 14 communities in lower Fairfield County whose study funding was acquired by former Congress member Christopher Shays under the leadership of the Bridgeport Regional Business Council and The Business Council of Fairfield County in cooperation with the Greater Norwalk Chamber of Commerce. Located in Coastal Fairfield County Connecticut, One Coast, One Future is a regional initiative formed in 2005. Its mission is to promote vibrant economic growth in the region by linking the social and economic advantages offered by the three urban centers and surrounding towns.