Economic Development & Long-Term Planning Division

The Economic Development Division encourages appropriate commercial growth and fosters the prosperity of businesses in the town's commercial areas. We do this by:

  • Collecting key data on specific sites and on development opportunities that take advantage of regional market opportunities, local values and demographics, and neighborhood character
  • Working with developers during zoning and permitting processes and cultivating relationships between individuals rather than entities
  • Conducting research and outreach to suggest policy changes to improve our commercial areas
  • Expecting excellent design in new commercial developments, increasing the value of the new construction, and enhancing the character of neighborhoods
  • Supporting a series of public celebrations and events in our commercial areas such as the Food Festival, Farmers Market, and First Light Festival
  • Collaborating with local business associations to foster a common agenda among store owners, commercial landlords, and neighborhood residents
  • Assisting individual businesses with business plans, identifying financial support, and outreach / networking opportunities