The following is based off of a press release issued by Bethel’s Director of Economic Development.
Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) Commissioner Catherine Smith will be in Bethel on Oct. 30 for a special luncheon to talk about the current state of economic development.
Commissioner Smith’s top economic development priorities are to strengthen the state’s efforts to nurture and drive innovation; effectively promote and market the state’s many business advantages within Connecticut and beyond its borders; and place a renewed emphasis on all aspects of customer service in order to make the state more business-friendly and attractive for investment.
Her community development priorities include improving the state’s ability to redevelop brownfields, continuing the state’s commitment to responsible growth and transit-oriented development and fostering arts and culture to make our cities more vibrant and attractive. The commissioner is forging closer working relationships with private sector partners to realize these objectives and to maximize the return on state investments.
The DECD is the lead state agency responsible for attracting and retaining businesses and jobs, revitalizing neighborhoods and communities, and fostering appropriate development in Connecticut’s towns and cities.