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Danbury Housing Partnership

Wayne Shepperd
Economic Development Director


155 Deer Hill Avenue
Danbury, CT. 06810

Telephone: 203-796-1682
FAX: 203-796-1666

Statement of Mission: Office of Economic Development will lead marketing efforts to businesses interested in relocating to Danbury and will deliver a variety of services designed to stimulate business and community development. Recognizing the importance of Danbury’s existing businesses, “OED” will provide support services designed to expand local business opportunities, thereby helping to create and retain jobs, enhance the local tax base, and revitalize distressed portions of the City. "OED" will communicate the message that Danbury is a premier place to live, work, and raise a family in a traditional yet progressive community.


    The Office of Economic Development (OED) leads marketing efforts toward attracting and retaining a solid business base for Danbury. The Office delivers services designed to stimulate business and community development including: workforce development, transportation and infrastructure improvements.



In addition, OED seeks to develop new economic development initiatives and attract community events through public-private partnerships. It also has responsibilities for public and community relations. OED is dedicated to providing Danbury with growth opportunities while promoting its diverse cultural, historical and natural resources.

Additional Links:

Connecticut Economic Development Directory

Connecticut Department of Labor

Danbury Property for Lease or Sale


Greater Danbury Chamber of Commerce

CityCenter Danbury

Connecticut Economic Resource Center

Connecticut Economic Development Association

Nutmeg State Games


    Much of this past year was targeted toward showcasing Danbury to a myriad of visitors. This was done largely through OED’s work in event marketing and linking itself to the state’s new tax credit program for the movie industry. Yes, the state’s movie industry tax credit did convert Danbury and other state cities into “Hollywood East.” The tax credit attracted a half dozen movie producers to our city, one staying for three months with 70 staff workers. Simultaneously, OED contracted with the Connecticut Film Festival to conduct its week-long film festival event in our city– making Danbury’s “welcome mat” even more visibly for a previously untapped industry.


    The festival featured more than 120 independently created films from throughout the country and brought approximately 4,000 people and $500,000 in economic impact to our city’s restaurants, hotels and other businesses. In the process, The Palace Theater, long darkened with inactivity, opened its 400-seat wing and is now hoped to be a future destination for other cultural events.


    Beyond this, OED prepared our city to host 6,000 Connecticut youngsters as they and their families visited Danbury for the first of a two-or-possibly-three-year engagement with The Nutmeg State Games. The Games feature 26 Olympics-style sports competitions for state youngsters.


    OED also partnered with Richter Park in attracting a much-sought-after American Junior Golf Association 144-player tournament – again showcasing our city to visitors from around the country.


    OED works daily on its mission to attract and retain a solid business base for Danbury through involvement with a host of boards and commissions including: Connecticut’s Department of Economic and Community Development, Northwest Connecticut Workforce Investment Board, Danbury’s Housing Partnership, Boughton Street YMCA, CityCenter Danbury, Service Corps of Retired Executives, Greater Danbury Chamber of Commerce and the Housatonic Valley Sports Organizing Committee.


    OED is also working with the new Mad Hatters hockey team to bring the sport of Hockey back to our community. The new Eastern Professional Hockey League (EPHL) team is scheduled to begin training camp in October, and will play 50 games in their first season, with opening night scheduled for November 1. This new team is expected to bring back hockey fans to a continuously packed house at the Danbury Ice Arena.  


Fuelcell Energy, Inc.,a Danbury based world leader in the development and manufacture of high temperature hydrogen fuel cells for clean electric power generation, recently presented their development plans to Danbury Mayor, Mark Boughton, U.S. Treasury Secretary, John Snow and Congresswoman Nancy Johnson.



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