Mayor Harry Rilling will be a key participant in a regional initiative to attract new businesses to Norwalk and lower Fairfield County. On Thursday, November 2nd Norwalk’s Mayor Rilling along with the Mayor of Stamford and the First Selectmen of Greenwich, Westport and Fairfield, their respective economic development directors and Commissioner Smith of the CT Dept. of Economic Development will host a luncheon in New York City for prospective businesses who may consider moving their companies to lower Fairfield County.
The luncheon will provide prospects with an overview of the five towns and a warm welcome for them to consider lower Fairfield County as a business location. Norwalk Mayor Rilling and his economic development director Elizabeth Stocker have been collaborating with the Mayor, First Selectmen and economic developers on the initiative referred to as the “Fairfield County Five”. The luncheon will be followed by additional events that will focus on the region’s real estate options and to familiarize them with lower Fairfield County. Mayor Rilling noted that “My plan (for the luncheon) is to explain how Norwalk and lower Fairfield County is the right decision for their business. Our region is well equipped with the infrastructure including high speed Internet, train stations, capital and lower costs than Manhattan. We have a quality labor force, excellent schools, vibrant downtowns, coastal living and a diverse population.” Ms. Stocker said that “Norwalk has exceptional options for businesses in the financial, media, health and science sectors to relocate here. The regional quality of life combined with the available Class A office space, connectivity and housing options offer a complete package for businesses.”
The Mayors, First Selectmen and their colleagues will discuss how lower Fairfield County stands out as a business location. There are eleven Fortune 500 companies located in the five towns and they hope to attract more by providing examples of how lower costs, connectivity, capital, community and culture work together making the area a prime location. The initiative will also focus on attracting smaller innovative businesses and will include testimonials from existing businesses who will attest to the attractive business climate in the region.
For additional information contact:
Elizabeth Stocker, Director of Economic Development