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Ridgefield approves new rule for economic commission

August 17, 2018

RIDGEFIELD — Voters have approved new rules for the town’s Economic and Community Development Commission, which will allow the group the ability to accept funding from private businesses or organizations to ramp up its marketing efforts.

The rule-change was sent to a public hearing and town meeting on Monday, where it was was approved, First Selectman Rudy Marconi reported Wednesday.

ECDC member John Devine had explained that the commission has had success when placing ads online for different events in town, which it now does only occassionally with surplus money.

The change to its responsibilities, outlined in a town ordinance, would mean private businesses or nonprofits could pay the commission to help them with marketing. It would give the commission the ability to manage these funds “for the purpose of economic development.”

“We will be able to expand all the things we’re doing and reach more people,” Devine said.

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