Every business, organization and individual who contributes to the economic
success of their community makes an impact on Central Connecticut.
Our city and town administrators, state legislators, business and civic
leaders, and ordinary citizens all work together to create regional
prosperity and community vitality by providing high-quality police, fire,
medical, and social services, a wide variety of attractive business
properties, good schools, a strong tax base with very business-friendly tax
abatement and grant programs, and an enthusiastic and talented population to
work, shop, and dine in those businesses and to make a positive impact on
our business communities.
Among the companies making the biggest impact on our region is sports giant
ESPN Inc., the largest and most well-known among the members of our business
Located on Route 229, one of the main arteries into Bristol, the worldwide
leader in sports entertainment and information has been in business for 27
years and reaches 91 million homes or 83 percent of American TV households.
A half billion dollar expansion, including a new state-of-the-art digital
broadcast center, has been completed and is now transmitting High Definition
Digital television throughout the world. ESPN is now in the process of
constructing three 100,000 square foot office buildings to be completed in
the coming years, with the first under construction for occupancy in 2007.
This latest expansion of ESPN is expected to lead to new related employment
in the area, as businesses tend to "cluster" around mega-complexes such as
the ESPN campus.
Bristol is also proud to be the home of Lake Compounce Family Theme Park, a
300 acre amusement and water park. Lake Compounce is the nation’s oldest
amusement park, featuring Boulder Dash, the longest wooden roller coaster in
the Northeast. Lake Compounce attracts 700,000 visitors each year and is
planning a major expansion to its water park in the near future.
Our manufacturing communities today number hundreds of businesses - some
large and most small to medium-sized industries, many of which have fewer
than 200 employees. They manufacture all sorts of things: cabinets and
counter tops, custom furniture, coils, springs, glass & matt cutters,
jewelry, building products, alarms, cardboard boxes, wire & cables, aircraft
components, locks, metal fasteners - the list is a long and very diverse one
that has reached a new measure of stability over the last year. Springmaking,
tool and dye, eyelets, plastics and screw machine manufacturing especially
have made a remarkable comeback recently; and our manufacturers are now
making a brand new impact on Central Connecticut.
Bristol has started a major revitalization of its Downtown with the
designation of the Enterprise Zone by the State of Connecticut and a new
expansion of Route 72 onto Riverside Avenue extension. Our downtown is
poised to start redevelopment of the 17 acre Mall at Bristol Centre
property. The City has numerous tax incentives and grant programs to assist
new and existing business expansion. The downtown is also a target of the
Central Connecticut Revolving Loan Fund Program, allowing for support for
small business start-up; and the City has completed street and pedestrian
improvements on North Main Street and is planning a similar program on Main
The improvements in the Downtown infrastructure are making a positive impact
on and are critical to the continued growth of Downtown business and the
stimulation of new jobs, housing and entertainment opportunities in Bristol.
We expect 2008 to be another good year for retail expansion, with many
retail stores and restaurants looking to locate in Central Connecticut. We
look forward to welcoming many new retail businesses to the
area on a regular basis in the coming years as current successes and our
staunch economic development programs invite and encourage other retail and
service companies to join us in making an impact on our region.