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New Survey Aims To Gauge Fairfield's Business Climate

Mark Barnhart, Fairfield community and economic development director, and First Selectman Mike Tetreau invite Fairfield business owners and residents to participate in an online survey regarding the town’s business climate and economic development.
Mark Barnhart, Fairfield community and economic development director, and First Selectman Mike Tetreau invite Fairfield business owners and residents to participate in an online survey regarding the town’s business climate and economic development. Photo Credit: Contributed image

FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- Fairfield business owners and residents can participate in an online survey regarding the town’s business climate and economic development.

The survey can be found by clicking here. The survey will be available through June 10.

The survey will help inform the town’s efforts to create a long-range economic development plan, which will examine key challenges and opportunities facing Fairfield and seek to create a series of actionable goals and measures by which to evaluate progress.

The survey is being conducted by the Connecticut Economic Resource Center Inc. on behalf of the Fairfield Economic Development Commission.

Based in Rocky Hill, CERC is a nonprofit corporation and public-private partnership that seeks to provide its clients with strategic business, real estate, research and marketing services with a focus on economic development and leveraging the state’s advantages as a premier business location.

“Our focus remains on how we can best support new and existing Fairfield businesses, grow the commercial grand list and create employment opportunities for our residents, while being sensitive to our community character,” said Mark Barnhart, Fairfield community and economic development director.

First Selectman Mike Tetreau said, “Fairfield continues to be a great place in which to live, work and have a business, but we are constantly searching for areas in which we can improve. This survey will provide the Economic Development Commission and other town officials with invaluable data to help us achieve our economic development goals."

In addition to the survey, CERC has also conducted targeted interviews with key decision-makers and will hold several facilitated workshops to build consensus around economic development priorities and goals.

The planning effort is being partially underwritten by a grant from the United Illuminating Co. and Southern Connecticut Gas, and is expected to be completed by in the fall.

For more information on CERC, click here .

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