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THE GREATER SOUTHINGTON
Chamber of Commerce
Celebrating 75 Years of Service 1938-2013
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Whether initiating local tax incentive programs for new and existing businesses, recommending charter revisions, initiating community revitalization programs, or promoting growth within the enterprise zone and community wide, your Chamber of Commerce works in partnership with government officials at all levels to help you start a business, find the best location for your business, and help your business expand.
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Located in a small, affluent New England state, Southington has a rich tradition of manufacturing employment peppered with high-skilled machinists, doctoral engineers, insurance analysts, and health care professionals. Our superlative educational system, affordable and plentiful housing, and a reasonable cost of living make Southington the place to do business <read more>
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The Ingredients for Success
Southington offers local companies the five ingredients for business success:
• Strong, skilled work force
• convenient, accessible location
• high quality of life
• superior buildings and sites
• resourceful business programs
The Balanced Life
The small town atmosphere prevails in Southington, a progressive city with a sizable population. The highway system offers easy accessibility to a municipality that know show to balance residential, commercial and industrial properties The harmony Southington has achieved between business and quality of life attracts residents that make up a strong, skilled work force for local businesses to draw upon.
The majority of inhabitants are of working age, and with a top-notch school system, this "small town" produces skilled and educated workers. In addition, almost half of Southington's work force has attended college.
Location & Transportation
Southington has five exits along Interstate 84, a major thoroughfare connecting Connecticut to Massachusetts and New York. Route 691 links Southington to Interstate 91, an easy route to Northern New England or to Interstate 95, which runs the length of the East Coast. Deep water ports are nearby along the Connecticut shoreline, and Bradley International Airport - just north of Hartford - provides reliable air transportation. Many companies also take advantage of the state's rail system.
Enterprise Zone Benefits
Connecticut was the first state in the nation to create Enterprise Zones to encourage the re-use of established industrial areas. Southington houses the state's largest Enterprise Zone, and designated firms that locate within the zone may take advantage of state and local tax credits, discounted electric utility rates, a highly skilled labor pool with access to job training assistance, and generally more affordable rents in this traditional industrial area.
Benefits may include:
• five-year, 80% abatement of local property taxes
on eligible real estate and personal property
• A 25% credit on portions of the state's corporate business tax
• Grants for new, full-time positions created
• Tax credits in designated areas
A Productive Place to Do Business
Located in a small, affluent New England state, Southington has a rich tradition of manufacturing employment peppered with high-skilled machinists, doctoral engineers, insurance analysts, and health care professionals. Our superlative educational system, affordable and plentiful housing, and a reasonable cost of living make Southington the place to do business.
Our workforce is the best you will find anywhere. A recent issue of World Trade magazine ranked Connecticut third in productivity. From the medical industry to aircraft engines to financial services, our workers will hit the ground running and take your business to a new level of excellence.
Unlike most of New England, Southington's population grew by 10% in the last ten years. Per capita income is 30% higher than the U.S. average -- $19,955. Southington's poverty rate is less than half the state's, and the town's crime rate is 50% less than the rest of Connecticut. Property taxes are considerably lower than the state when measured by per capita and residential sales figures. Median housing prices are 4% lower in Southington than in a typical Connecticut community.
More than 28% of our total employment was in manufacturing in 1993 compared to 19% for the rest of the state. Over 60% of Southington's manufacturing employment is in fabricated metals and aircraft - specializing in high-skilled precision manufacturing. Nearly 22% of our residents are college graduates, and increasing numbers are attending two-year and professional colleges to upgrade workforce skills.
For a more detailed demographic report, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org now, or contact the Southington Chamber of Commerce's Economic Development Marketing Committee. In 2004, the Chamber and the Town of Southington agreed to partnership a marketing effort which would result in radio promotional spots in Waterbury; a new billboard on busy Route 10 on Queen Street, placement of 12 identification signs indicating the Town's IT zone or Information Technology tax credits for companies locating within these areas of Southington. The committee has also hosted breakfast seminars with economic specialists from other communities. In September 2004, the Town officially welcomed a new economic coordinator, Louis Perillo III of Southington.