Dear Colchester Residents,

Our Town has seen a tremendous comeback during my first term. The Colchester Comeback Grant Program secured over $1M in ARPA funds to help small businesses affected by the Covid pandemic and demonstrated to our small businesses that Colchester is invested in their success. An additional $200K was also provided to support Non-Profits under the same program.

Building permits have grown exponentially with the Town seeing a total of $14 million dollars in real estate growth. That’s a strong signal that people are investing in Colchester. I’ve also embarked on a business tour highlighting and promoting local businesses in our community.

Colchester has new businesses such as Fornarelli’s, Wagging Tails Pet Shop, Pokemoto, The Color House, Central K-9, Town & Country Early Learning Center, and Moran Restaurant invest in our town. ARK Distillery is expected to open in the coming year while a major announcement related to Chipotle is on the horizon.

Local businesses such as InCord, Gano’s Power Equipment, Toyota of Colchester, and Shell Gas Station have expanded and revitalized their operations. I’m also the only first selectman in 15 years to make progress on the old Jack’s Chevrolet building and I’m proud to announce that the Granite Group will be officially expanding their operations there.

The Town has also worked with Frontier Fiber to expand fiber optics throughout the entire Town and has collaborated with Eversource in their investment of $20M into a natural gas project. Natural gas will become available in the coming years as a result. I also collaborated with S&S Worldwide to help secure funding from corporate lenders to ensure that the business would survive and keep jobs in the community.

The momentum is real.

Sincerely,

Andreas Bisbikos

Colchester First Selectman