The 2020-2030 Western Connecticut Regional Plan of Conservation and Development was prepared in compliance with Section 8-35a of the Connecticut General Statutes. The plan must show “its recommendations for the general use of the area” including land use, housing, transportation, public utilities and “other matters as, in the opinion of the council, will be beneficial to the area.” This Plan replaces previous regional plans issued by HVCEO (1971, 1981, 1997 and 2009) and those of SWRPA (1974, 1983 and 2006).
The Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for the Region is taking shape, and the economic development project solicitation has begun. We are asking for contributions to an important part of the process: identifying projects that will enhance economic development for the Region. Continue reading Economic Development Project Solicitation→
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 Western Connecticut Economic Development Alliance (WCEDA) announces the launch of a new web site that promotes the Greater Danbury region’s attributes, resources and advantages for businesses looking to expand in or relocate to the region.
WestCOG’s economic development planning efforts are performed primarily through the Western Connecticut Economic Development District.
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 was received on March 14, 2018.
The Western Connecticut Economic Development District (WCEDD) guides the implementation of the Western CT Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). The group is a mix of public and private sector stakeholders and influencers in the region. The purpose of the WCEDD includes setting goals and strategies for the economic development of the District, as well as the identification of candidate projects of potential funding. All meetings are open to the public.