Another project that I’d like to work on in the long term is a project that keeps track of businesses that were thinking about moving here but then decided to move elsewhere. Looking at these ‘almost-successes’ and analyzing them could help us see why some businesses choose other cities over Torrington. It would also help us determine what future steps we need to take to get those businesses to Torrington! A quick and short example: if companies are saying no to Torrington because “it’s too far away” or because “it only has 36,000 people” we can stop them in their tracks and highlight Routes 8, 202 and 4 and also explain that Torrington is the hub of the entire county, an area of over 100,000 people! These steps will help us promote Torrington in the future and bring companies and jobs to our great city.
--Stephen Michna, Economic Development Commission