Interested in supporting small businesses, creating jobs, and revitalizing your  “Main Street”? Come to the NWCT Economic Development Summit on Tuesday, January 26, 6:30pm at South Farms in Morris, CT. For more information and a list of presenters, click here.

Who should attend: Members of local economic development and business groups, selectmen, and interested local business owners.

Why attend:

  • Hear success stories on supporting small businesses and revitalizing Main Street from within our region;
  • Meet local economic development and business group members from neighboring towns in the NHCOG region and exchange ideas and resources;
  • Make contacts with the organizations and consulting firms that can help with your town’s economic development efforts.



  • NWCT Workforce Investment Board– how can they help your residents find jobs and your businesses find the employees they need? (confirmed)
  • Community Economic Development Fund– how can they provide small business loans, one-on-one business advisors, and business education classes to your town’s small businesses and start ups? (confirmed)
  • CT Small Business Development Center & SCORE– how can they help advise your town’s small businesses and start ups? (confirmed)
  • Connecticut Economic Resource Center (CERC)– learn about CERC’s municipal economic development self assessment tool and how CERC can assist in your efforts.
  • CT Dept. of Economic & Community Development (DECD) – get information on the Small Business Express program and other related State programs and resources.
  • USDA Rural Development– how have other NWCT towns utilized USDA rural development funding? (confirmed)
  • NWCONNect– how will region wide cell phone coverage and fiber optic network to every home and business help us retain and attract new businesses to the region? (confirmed)
  • Goman + York – hear an update on the “8 small town shared economic development services” project, successes to date. (confirmed)
  • One Eleven Group- hear how they are helping NWCT towns attract visitors to support local businesses. (confirmed)
  • Partners for Sustainable Healthy Communities – learn about how a NWCT food hub could help support farmers and farm businesses in our region. (confirmed)


Food note: Support a local business by having dinner on your way to the summit! We’ll have dessert, coffee, & drinks waiting for you there.


Co-sponsored by: Northwest Connecticut’s Chamber of Commerce and NWCT Economic Development Corporation


Planning to attend? RSVP today! to Jocelyn Ayer, NHCOG Community & Economic Development Director or 860-491-9884


SNOW DATE: Feb. 2nd: If there is bad weather, please visit to see whether the summit has been postponed to Feb. 2nd.