Council Focuses on Economic Development

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The City Council meeting on Monday, January 24 began with a public hearing to accept a Conditional Use to allow a billboard in a C-3 District at 108 Silicato Parkway, west of State Route 1 and south of N.E. Tenth Street.  The adoption of the ordinance 2010-21 was accepted by a vote of 6-2 with Councilmen Johnson and Brooks voting no. 

With the Call to Order to start the meeting Chief Hudson recognized the two newest officers to the Milford Police Force.  Policemen John L. Rose and Jonathan L. Ricketts stood before the Council and were greeted with a standing ovation by the Council and audience alike.  

The Council voted unanimously to approve a proposed budget adjustment for the Parks and Recreation Department’s plan to move forward with development of the Chaney-Wilmont portion of the Mispillion Greenway.  This section will complete the Riverwalk from Columbia Avenue to the existing section of the Riverwalk that ends at Marshall Street.

The much anticipated Economic Development Strategy Study was presented to the Council and the public by John Rhodes.  John Rhodes is a Senior Principal of Moran, Stahl & Boyer Economic Development Consultants who was hired to create a plan for the future development of Milford. 

The purpose of this plan is to help guide investment that will create an environment for public and private business and entrepreneur investment within the city.  The plan looks at Milford’s future in the year 2025 by investigating multiple aspects of the City: Types of employers and jobs, use of land, growth of the downtown area, opportunities for the next generation and improving education quality.  It proposes six action plans that detail the road map for the future of the city that include real estate, workforce development, infrastructure, organizational support for economic development, support of new business start-ups and expansion of existing businesses and marketing and promotion activities.  John Rhodes, developer of the plan, commented that he felt that Milford is in a unique position because it “has more assets than most community around the same size.”

After the presentation was complete and questions answered Councilman Grier, who played a lead role in the process, made a motion to adopt the report as a guide for Economic Development for the City of Milford.  The motion was carried unanimously.  The council also moved to establish a part-time staff position for the purposes of economic development that will remain for the rest of the fiscal year. The motion was adopted unanimously. 

To read the entire Economic Development Strategy visit Economic Development Strategy. Further details of the plan will be discussed in future articles.