The Quinebaug Regional Technical Park has taken another step forward in its development.
Economic and Community Development Director Delpha Very said the marketing plan for the park is almost complete, as are new conceptual designs.
"We have some of our marketing tools in place and there are some other things we're looking to put into place," Very said.
The Economic and Community Development Commission has settled on a design for the logo and it is almost completed. But the commission is still considering what tagline it would like to go with the logo, Very said. Once both are done, Very said she will bring them to the Board of Selectmen.
Putnam is partners in the technology park with Brooklyn, Pomfret and Scotland. Brooklyn has two shares in the original park, which includes four lots and the Hale Youth and Family YMCA. Pomfret and Scotland each have one share in the technology park. Each town would share in the sale and tax revenues accordingly.
Very is also working with J&D Civil Engineers to create some new conceptual designs for the park. Very said business has changed and the tech park was conceived as a green park, yet the original designs were more traditional. Very said today there are businesses that need a 10,000-square-foot building, but may only have five employees. Zoning for the park would require something closer to 75 parking spaces for that same business, Very said.
In the meantime, Mayor Tony Falzarano said the town is also getting ready to harvest the timber on the lots to make them more build ready.
Very said there is other work the town must do to make itself marketable. The process of getting approvals must be whittled down. Very would like to be able to say all the necessary permits could be obtained in 60 days or less, she said. Some of the towns that Putnam would be competing against for new businesses would be able to offer as little as a 30-day permitting process, she said.
Brooklyn First Selectman Rick Ives said he met recently with Falzarano to discuss the tech park.
"They're making progress," Ives said. "That's a good thing."