New Milford mayor announces business retention plan for health sciences

Roger Sherman Town Hall in New Milford.

Roger Sherman Town Hall in New Milford.

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NEW MILFORD — Mayor Pete Bass has announced that the town’s latest effort to promote business retention and growth will focus on the health science sector in New Milford.

The town recently engaged Community Resource Management to work with the town and the New Milford Economic Development Corporation to complete a study and strategy for retention and growth in the health sciences sector, the mayor’s June 21 announcement said.

“The idea is to focus on this very important business sector in the Town and regional economy, to help all businesses in this sector from biotech, R and D and health care including hospitals to doctor’s offices,” the announcement said.

“We need to develop a tangible set of goals and a way to collaborate between the employers and institutions within this sector. By developing and managing what is essentially a new ecosystem in Health Sciences, we can increase business activity, create good jobs and provide essential services.”

The plan includes creating awareness of what health sciences are and how they impact the economy of the town, the announcement said. Representatives from industries such as bio-tech, R and D, the health care system of hospitals, clinics and doctors’ offices, and the supply chain that is impacted by health sciences (i.e. cleaning, food service, security, IT and manufacturing) will be organized into a series of public meetings and workshops to develop a needs assessment based on common issues, the announcement continued, “and we will prepare a plan of action to help health sciences grow.”

For more information, contact Mayor Bass at pbass@newmilford.org or Community Resource Management at communityresources@comcast.net.