The Economic and Community Development Department (ECDD) has developed a survey to assess the current needs of the Milford business community.

City officials said in a press release that they intend on enhancing the business climate to ensure they retain existing businesses and create new opportunities for job growth, capital investment and new business opportunities.

“In fact, over the past few years, we have made great progress with these goals in mind,” states a release from Mayor Ben Blake’s office.

Blake said the city has had a year-to-year steady increase in business growth averaging  approximately 327 new businesses per year since 2011.

“Our unemployment rate has fallen to 4.8%, which is lower than the State of Connecticut at 5.4% and the United States at 5.5%,” the mayor said.

“We continue to make much needed investments to improve opportunities for business by focusing on transit oriented development,” he added.

Also, officials said the Small Business Development Center and the Connecticut Procurement Technical Assistance Program now operate in Milford to assist in business growth and expansion.

The ECDD will administer a survey for the next 30 days to help better prioritize the city’s strategic agenda on areas that businesses identify. The data will be aimed at assisting businesses to meet and exceed their goals of expansion and growth as well as create a comprehensive list of developable properties and vacancies.

Go to http://goo.gl/forms/GbYvYzmLld to take the survey. For more information, contact  Julie Nash, Director of Economic and Community Development, through email at jnash@ci.milford.ct.us or by phone at 203-783-3230.

People may also stop by the Economic and Community Development Office, located in Room 201 of the Parsons Government Center at 70 West River Street, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.