Economic Development

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Economic Development Contact:
Gary Anderson, AICP - Director of Planning and Economic Development, 860-647-3044.

Manchester is the leading economic driver in the eastern Greater-Hartford region. Located between New York, Boston and Providence, Manchester offers distinct locational advantages and access to regional, national and international markets. A full-service community committed to quality economic development, Manchester prides itself in proactively pursuing and facilitating sustainable growth. The Town’s development process offers predictable, streamlined permitting and knowledgeable Town staff is available to assist you with any project every step of the way.


With a wide range of commercial, industrial and mixed-use districts, Manchester has one of the most diverse local economies in the state. The Buckland Hills District alone boasts over 3 million square feet of retail and entertainment, thousands of residential units and hundreds of hotel rooms.

Downtown offers a unique mix of 20 local restaurants, a wide variety of professional services and retailers, and WORK_SPACE, Manchester’s municipally owned and operated Coworking, Meeting & Gallery space. For information regarding initiatives for new businesses locating in Downtown Manchester call the Planning & Economic Development Department at 860-647-3044 to discover how these initiatives could help your business.

Other areas of opportunity include the Buckland Industrial Park, Manchester Business Park, Spencer Street commercial corridor and Broad Street Redevelopment Area. Institutions like Manchester Memorial Hospital, a 249 bed acute care facility, and Manchester Community College, the largest Community College in Connecticut, add to the Town’s economic strength.

For more information, please see the links below, or contact Gary Anderson, AICP, Director of Planning and Economic Development at 860-647-3044.

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