Economic Development pursues historic signs and a city slogan for businesses

The Economic Development Commission (EDC) met for its monthly meeting last week and continues to take on new roles and issues to its agenda, according to a press release the group issued.

Kathleen Alagno, President & CEO of the Milford Chamber of Commerce, reported on the success of Milford’s third annual restaurant week, which took place from October 5 to October 11. The event is a collaboration between the Milford Chamber of Commerce, Inc., its Restaurant Council, and the Downtown Milford Business Association. Twenty-seven restaurants offered affordable dining choices via special multi-course price fixed fare. Survey data shows that the event was a success, both for restaurants as well as patrons, Alagno reported.

The city of Milford and EDC have submitted an application to the State’s Department of Transportation (DOT), for Historic District logo signs. Milford is home to several historic sites and collections, including the Eells-Stow House, one of the oldest houses in Milford, the Claude C. Coffin Indian Collection, which contains a representation of every prehistoric period from the Paleo-Indian to the Northeastern Woodland Contact Period, and The Clark/Stockdale House, the first house built outside the stockade or palisades.

Once approved, the DOT will place the signage at exit 39-A both north and southbound, directing visitors to historic downtown Milford, according to the EDC press release. The library will serve as the welcome center and will provide information regarding the historic district and other attractions in Milford.

The commission will also take on a new marketing campaign to align with its business retention efforts. In efforts to enhance the business climate to ensure that new opportunities for job growth and capital investments are present in Milford, the EDC will work to create a message for small and big business touting the benefits of doing business in Milford.

“The goal of this marketing campaign will be to create one short umbrella message with the ability to customize the message for small business, big business, technology companies, young professionals, start-ups, etc.,” the press release states. “Residents and businesses are welcome to weigh in with their thoughts.”

Contact Julie Nash, Director of Economic and Community Development, with suggestions: through email at or by phone at 203-783-3230.