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Group Of Stamford, Greenwich, Norwalk, Westport, Fairfield Leaders Names Martin As Chairman

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The Fairfield County Five, an economic development group that arranges business outreach events to educate those out­side Connecticut, selected Stamford Mayor David Martin as its acting chairman on July 23.

The year-old regional marketing initiative is led by the mayors or first selectmen and economic development leaders of Fairfield, Greenwich, Norwalk, Stamford and Westport.

“We’re not an official body,” Stamford Director of Economic Development Thomas Madden said in this Westfair Online article. "When we launched last year it was as a pilot project — ‘Can we work together and pull something off?’ Now we’re looking at how to govern and talk to each other, schedule meetings and events. We’re laying the groundwork for something bigger.”

The F5’s goal is to combine resources and lure companies from New York City to Connecticut — either through opening satellite offices or relocating. 

In November, the group hosted about 60 businessmen and real estate brokers at a lunchtime event at the Marriott Marquis to explain the attractions of Fairfield County in terms of available office space, real estate costs and a less-frenzied business environment, Westfair reported.

The F5 hits the road again on Sept. 13, hosting an after-hours gathering on the Manhattan rooftop of Stamford-based’s building at 1120 6th Ave. from 5:30 to 8 p.m. About 500 companies have been invited to this event -- primarily small and midsize tech firms. 

The F5 is also supported by the state, with Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Catherine Smith participating in last year’s event. 

With Connecticut one of the few states without county governments, the need to work as a unit is even more vital.

More details about the next Fairfield Five networking event, or to RSVP, click here.

At the F5's “Fairfield, CT in the City” Event, you can meet with venture capitalists, angel investors, growth services groups, and IP consultants from Fairfield County looking to invest in and aid your startup company.

Enjoy complimentary food and beverages from Connecticut craft breweries on the picturesque rooftop of's NYC office in the historic Hippodrome Building.

Entry is free, but an RSVP is required.

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