The Stamford Community came together Monday night to celebrate the progress of the City’s downtown. Joined by city officials, community members and leaders, the Stamford Downtown Special Services District held its annual review meeting at the Marriott.
Each year, the DSSD recognizes someone who plays a key role in the success of the City and downtown Stamford. This year, the Special Recognition Award went to the City’s Police Chief, Jon Fontneau.
“Since Jon has been chief, our downtown is safer than ever before,” says Sandy Goldstein, President of the DSSD. “He has restructured patrol, resulting in more foot patrols on the streets, which was one of the downtown’s chief priorities.”
“Stamford continues to be the safest city in New England,” says Stamford Mayor David Martin. “The crime rate dropped 3.5% during the first half of 2013, the lowest point in nearly 20 years.”
But safety isn’t the only thing to be proud of. The Mayor praised the downtown as an economic hub, drawing over 55,000 employees daily to more than 5,000 downtown companies.
“Our economy continues to lead the state and is the envy of every other city in Connecticut and throughout the tri-state area,” says Martin. ”We have businesses thriving from across the spectrum and we are the largest financial district in the New York City metro area outside of Manhattan.”
The mayor says nearly 45,000 people live within a 1 mile radius of downtown Stamford, over 1/3 of the City’s residents. And there’s room for more he says, with plans to add thousands of residential units to the 6,000 plus already there.
“Our strength in our downtown and in our city as a whole is defined by the diversity of our residents, the strength of our business community, and the many visitors who come to Stamford each day,” says Martin.
To find out more about the DSSD and downtown Stamford, visit Stamford-downtown.com