Submitted Press Release
Canton’s Economic Development Agency (EDA) will present an overview of its work with the Main Street Project at the Annual Town Meeting on Jan. 16, 2013. “The Main Street Project is one of many EDA initiatives intended to help stimulate economic activity throughout the town”, said First Selectman Richard Barlow.
“The goal of the EDA is to enhance and promote economic development which results in increased quality of life and reduced overall tax burden,” said EDA Chairman Kevin Jackson. “Working with the Main Street Project will help us enhance the residential experience and commercial viability of Canton while preserving its unique character and charm.”
Historically, Collinsville has been one of the town’s focuses for economic growth, but many feel a broader approach needs to be taken. In December, the town became a member of the Main Street Project, a national organization that provides valuable insight and expertise to towns looking to enhance specific areas. The Jan. 16 presentation at the annual Town Meeting is intended to renew dialogue with an eye toward increasing value to the town as a whole.
“Our presentation will not get into great detail, because frankly, we’re just starting the process,” said Jackson. “At this meeting, we hope to introduce everyone to the resources of the Main Street Project and encourage an ongoing discussion for the future. Together, we will find the combination of historic preservation and economic activity that makes the most sense for Canton, all of its residents, and its business community.”
The annual town meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. on Jan. 16 in the Town Hall Auditorium. All residents are welcome and invited to discuss the Main Street Project.