Community Development

In Derby Small Business Is Our Economy
When You Grow, Prosper and Succeed – We All Win!

For more information contact the Mayor's Office at 203.736.1450

The Valley Council Of Governments GIS Map Service allows internet users to obtain property assessment information as well as zoning, environmental, and planimetric data. Click here to access the maps

The overall goal of the Office of Economic and Community Development is to improve the aesthetic quality of the lives of the residents of Derby Connecticut by helping to attract, retain and expand business in Derby. The OECD can help businesses navigate through various City Departments, can provide information regarding financial and tax incentives and can assist with finding the right location for your business needs.

The OECD also helps secure funding for priority projects in the City of Derby including, but not limited to infrastructure, brownfields funding, greenway funding, historic preservation, housing rehabilitation, business revolving loan funds, demolition, acquisition and various economic and Community development projects.

The Office coordinates a number of development activities including these current projects:

Naugatuck River

Commerce Park Development - Story & video here

Naugatuck River Greenway Phase III

Greenway Phase III Extension

Upcoming Projects

Derby-Milford Road Improvements: operational improvements for Derby-Milford Road at the Route 34 intersection. The project will include a new left turn lane on Route 34, signal replacement, and full-depth reconstruction on Derby-Milford Road for 500’ beginning at the intersection.

Greenway Phase IV

Sterling Opera House Improvements

Derby is also one of 18 communities participating in the Naugatuck Valley Corridor Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS), and the project committee is chaired by Derby's Economic Development Director. Click here for the latest update of their plans.

What the City Can Do to Help You

For Businesses

Enterprise Corridor Zone
Program is funded by the state and City of Derby, but administered by the State of Connecticut. The Office of Economic Development can assist with the application process if needed. Potential benefits of the program include:

  • 5 year 80% abatement of local property taxes on all real and personal property taxes that is new to the grand list as a result of business expansion or renovation
  • Ten year 25% or 50% credit on your CT Corporate Business Tax that is directly related to business relocation, expansion or renovation project.

You must be deemed a manufacturer by the Connecticut Department of Labor. They will provide a code for your company first in order to qualify for the tax incentives. Click here to go directly to the state site for more information.

Revolving Loan Fund
All new business expenses – 3% for ten years and interest only the first year. There is a waiting list for this program, and it is on a first come first serve basis if eligible and currently there is limited funding.

Click here for an application

Please call Patty Finn at 203-736-1478 for further information.

Economic Tax Incentives including

  • Urban and Industrial Tax Credit Program
  • Corporate Sales Tax Exemptions
  • Corporate Business Tax Exemptions
  • Real and Personal Property Tax Exemptions

(***All programs are subject to specific eligibility requirements)

For Homeowners

Small Cities Rehab Grant Program

The City of Derby OECD is administering a Small Cities grant from HUD which allows homeowners to rehabilitate/renovate their homes. The funding is for essential repairs, non-cosmetic. You must be deemed eligible by federal income guidelines. Houses that qualify are 1-3 unit residences only. There is a waiting list, but there is still money available. Derby residents only. Click here for the application.

Other City Departments & Commissions

Planning & Zoning Redevelopment  Building Inspector Inland Wetlands Commission

What the State & Federal Government Can Do to Help You

For Business

Technical assistance for businesses experiencing significant difficulties. Independent and confidential reviews of companies' markets, finances and management. Also provides assistance in development of strategic plans to improve business.

CT Department of Labor Business Incentives
U.S. Small Business Administration Incentives
State assistance for Small Businesses

For Homeowners

The Federal Emergency Homeowners’ Loan Program (EHLP) provides assistance to eligible Connecticut homeowners who are 90 days or more delinquent with their first mortgage payment as a result of having suffered a loss of income due to unemployment, underemployment or suffered adverse economic conditions resulting from a medical emergency or serious injury.

Click here for more information
Click here for a list of approved counseling agencies

Connecticut Solar Lease Program is a program designed to make solar energy systems available to moderate income Connecticut homeowners.

Health District offers funding for lead prevention