Executive Director: Mary Dean
203-335-3800 ext. 118 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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The mission of the Stratford Chamber of Commerce is to initiate positive change for the benefit of the business community, thereby, enhancing the quality of life in Stratford through advocacy and action in the areas of economic development, education, transportation, and the environment. The Chambers first priority has been to achieve this through retention, expansion, recruitment and advocacy of businesses that will grow jobs and increase the Towns tax base. Through its membership, the Chamber has also been actively involved in town economics, education issues, cultural affairs, and transportation.
Message from the Chair
The Stratford Chamber of Commerce is very excited about Stratford ’s progress over the past year and has every reason to believe that economic growth will continue into 2012. The Town of Stratford and the Stratford Chamber have been working closely advocating on “business friendly” solutions for local businesses such as signage. The Business Education Support Team (BEST) for over 20 years has brought the business community into the Stratford Public Schools. Raising over $10,000 in mini-grants, BEST and the chamber support the school district by sponsoring and, recognizing four students for the Youth at its Best awards, and honoring two outstanding volunteers as BEST Friends.
The Stratford Chamber of Commerce has a Stratford office in the Visitors Center at the Perry House (circa 1690). The Visitors Center is open daily and is designed to provide regional tourism information and promotion of the local economy. www.perryhousestratford.org.
The chamber has also been actively involved in the Stratford Greenway. The Greenway is a town-wide pedestrian bicycle pathway that will follow the watercourse of the Housatonic River through to Long Island Sound. The nine acres located on the Housatonic River directly behind Frank DeLuca Field is the key focal area. The Stratford Chamber of Commerce along with member companies sponsored a bench for the seating area.
The Stratford Chamber of Commerce is supportive of an exit 33 full –interchange project which will encourage economic development through Barnum Ave and Ferry Boulevard while connecting Shakespeare Theatre and the Army Engine Plant.
The Stratford Chamber has seats on the task force for the pending construction of the Stratford Train Station parking garage, the Economic Development Commission, the Perry House Board of Directors and the Transit Centered Development Steering Committee.
With over 200 members, the Stratford Chamber of Commerce is a strong and vital organization that fosters good business development in Stratford and is a voice for all area business issues whether large or small. The Stratford Chamber of Commerce is committed to supporting all of our member businesses. Whether you are a life long resident, a new community member, or just a visitor, stop and take the time to see what a wonderful town Stratford is and what a promising future we have.