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$500K For Main Street

If you’re not a big fan of government incentives, chances are you won’t like this.

But if you think government can help towns attract small business, promote commercial activity and add jobs by providing grants for infrastructure renovations and improvements to municipal commercial centers, you’ll want to know how Westport can get a piece of the pie.

Under Governor Malloy’s new Main Street Investment Fund, towns with populations less than 30,000 can apply for up to $500,000 for a variety of projects: building renovations, improved street lights, sidewalk construction, signage, recreational space or other renovations “deemed necessary to contribute to the economic success of the municipality.”

The program also provides financial incentives to owners of commercial private properties for expenditures that directly support and enhance a qualified project. 

The Main Street Investment Fund seems perfect for Westport — particularly for our Main Street.

Alert “06880” readers: Click “Comments” to give Westport officials some idea of the project(s) they should seek funding for.

Note to town fathers: The application deadline is September 28.

How can $500,000 in state funding help revitalize downtown Westport?

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