To the Editor:

Southbury currently has an excellent Economic Development Commission led by a dedicated chair, Anne Armeno.

For several years, Anne and the members of the EDC have been trying to achieve a major goal: to hire a professional economic development director for the town. That process has been going up and down and is still not accomplished.

Unfortunately, our first selectman has been dragging his feet on this important issue, and has shown little interest in it, causing a lack of action.

We are now living in the age of technology. It will take a professional to find ways to bring different kinds of businesses to town to keep it vital. We need businesses that can provide employment, attract young people and keep the young people we have from leaving Southbury, while at the same time recognizing the needs of our older population.

Economic growth is one of the most important issues in a community. It doesn’t happen on its own but needs a strong Economic Development professional who knows how to proceed and has vision for the future.

In addition, the town also needs a strong and dedicated leader at the top who can work well with this professional to accomplish agreed upon goals.

I feel that that leader should be Rich Boritz, the Democratic candidate for first selectman. He has the intelligence, the experience, the ability, the dedication and the leadership skills we need for Southbury’s need to move forward.


Fran Owen


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