The Economic and Community Development Office is located on the Fairfield Hills Campus at 3 Primrose Street, Newtown, CT 06470. The Office is staffed by a full time Director.
The Director is charged with coordinating local government activites to facilitate community development projects and economic development activities in the Town of Newtown including the Fairfield Hills Campus and Newtown Technology Park.
The Director works closely with Land Use and other town departments in developing short and long term planning goals and works directly with the Economic Development Commission and the Fairfield Hills Authority on economic development strategies and marketing activities within Newtown.
The Director is responsible for providing recommendations to the Executive and Legislative branches on matters involving long term economic objectives working under the guidance of the First Selectman.
The Newtown Housing Rehabilitation Program is administered by the Economic and Community Development Director. The Director provides oversight for the Small Cities Community Development Block Grant Program and is the Newtown Fair Housing Officer. All questions that pertain to community development programs and questions concerning fair housing or housing discrimination should be directed to Elizabeth Stocker at 203-270-4271.
Ongoing activities of the Director include business retention, grant management, marketing Newtown for economic growth, maintenance of local development statistics, economic data and demographic trends and management of community development projects funded by the Connecticut Small Town Economic Assistance Program (STEAP).
Current projects include the managment of the Newtown Technology Park project, administration of the Town's STEAP grants, management of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) clean up project of the Fairfield Hills Campus, economic development marketing activities and local coordinator for the 2010 Census. The Director is also active with the Sandy Hook neighborhhood in their efforts to revitalize the business district.