Canton residents were told at their annual meeting that a town can’t be healthy if its town center isn’t healthy, The Canton News reports. Yet, a healthy downtown will enhance development in other areas of the town, as well as increase the tax base, Kim Parsons-Whitaker, CMSC Associate Director, told the residents who attended.
The meeting was focused on Canton’s participation in the CMSC member program and downtown development. Other speakers included Kevin Jackson, Canton’s Economic Development Agency chairman; Amy Parchen, a Canton resident and member of the Economic Development Agency; Neil Pade, Canton’s town planner; and Eric Jackson, of the Collinsville Historic District Commission. The meeting was moderated by Collinsville resident David Leff, an author and former Deputy Commissioner of Connecticut’s Department of Environmental Protection.