The Economic Development Department has made a significant impact on Windsor’s economy since its creation in 2011 — $465 million of investment and nearly 2,100 new jobs.
While 80 percent of residents positively ranked the overall economic health of the town, two economic areas ranked low: shopping and employment opportunities.
“We’ve come a long way, but there’s a lot more to do,” acknowledged Johnson. “People want jobs in town and they want places to shop.”
With 10 business parks and three commercial areas, there are more than 7,300 acres of land available for commercial development in Windsor.
“Our job is to match the right player in the right location in order to be successful,” Johnson said.
For Johnson, industry diversification is important to minimize the effect of an economic downturn.
“Our top two industries are Manufacturing and Professional, Technical, and Scientific employment,” Johnson said. “Our main focus from an employment standpoint is diversification.”
Johnson recently conducted a retail study to help increase shopping and restaurant options.
“The study identified five key areas where retail activity is most likely to occur and what can feasibly locate in those areas,” she said.
The study also established “leakage” points, areas where citizens spend money outside Windsor.
“If people spend money on furniture, but we don’t have a furniture store, then we know they’re spending their money outside of town,” she explained.
Johnson confidently matches leakage points and retail area opportunities with potential businesses.
“I don’t ever hesitate to pick up the phone,” she said. “You have to at least try, because the answer is always going to be no if you don’t.”
Director of Economic Development Stacy Johnson focuses on diversifying Windsor’s industry base for employment and works to attract a variety of retail businesses to the community.