League of Women Voters to Host Economic Panel With Focus on Growth Opportunities for Town and State

With Connecticut’s economy expected to feature prominently in the 2018 election season, the League of Women Voters of Greenwich is hosting a community forum on April 24 to discuss ways to enhance economic competitiveness around the state.

The event will highlight policy proposals in a number of key areas, including transportation; business attraction and retention; commercial, residential and transit-oriented real estate development; downtown revitalization; and, climate change resiliency. The forum is being co-sponsored by the Town of Greenwich and the Greenwich Library.

Joining the distinguished panel will be senior representatives from the Regional Plan Association, the Connecticut Economic Resource Center, the Town of Greenwich and the Connecticut Main Street Center. The aim is to involve the audience in a discussion about how we can spur economic development everywhere, starting with the main streets in our neighborhoods and expanding beyond them to include our town, state and the tri-state region.

Another reason for the League’s involvement with this issue is to ensure that voters hear all sides of Connecticut’s economic story.

“Without minimizing the fiscal challenges faced by our state, it is important to understand the strengths we have too. There is a lot we can do to capitalize on them to help propel Connecticut’s economy forward in a way that benefits everyone,” said Deirdre Kamlani, League of Women Voters Board and Program Committee member.

The League has assembled a panel that is engaged every day in the work of economic development; they will share their vision and their success stories in and around Connecticut, demonstrating the possibilities for every municipality in the state.

The timing of the program was also influenced by the fact that the Town of Greenwich is in the midst of updating its Plan of Conservation and Development.

“This larger discussion about our state and region will help to put the Town’s goals in perspective,” said Katie DeLuca, director of Planning & Zoning in Greenwich.

The League also hopes that the program will help crystallize exactly what economic development is and how we can start a community conversation around it.

“We sometimes think of economic development as something that happens around us, with businesses and governments as the main driving forces. The truth is that community organizations and individuals can have an impact too,” said Nancy Duffy, League Board and Program Committee member.

Speakers will include:

  • Melissa Kaplan-Macey, AICP, Regional Plan Association
  • Courtney Hendricson, Connecticut Economic Resource Center
  • Katie DeLuca, AICP, Town of Greenwich
  • Patrick McMahon, Connecticut Main Street Center

The event is Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at the Greenwich Library, Cole Auditorium. Refreshments at 6:30 pm, with program running from 7:00 – 8:30 pm. The event is free and open to the public. RSVP is required:  League.RSVP@gmail.com by April 17