Bridgeport DSSD Releases Downtown Business Needs Assessment Report

Downtown Bridgeport is a friendly, eclectic business and residential community flourishing at the intersection of commerce, community, and culture(s). The Bridgeport Downtown Special Services District (DSSD) operates in a commercial area that represents a diverse tapestry of the wider Bridgeport community. We serve the 125+ vibrant, multi-cultural businesses within the 30 blocks in of our heart-shaped neighborhood through keeping the Downtown clean and friendly, connecting them to city resources to offering free marketing and advertising, and everything in between. Throughout the year we deliver sanitation services, our friendly team of Ambassadors keep the district clean and safe, we promote the district through the dynamic Colorful Bridgeport campaign, and produce community events including the Downtown Farmers Market.

The Bridgeport DSSD partnered with the Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce to gather input from Downtown Bridgeport business owners on how we might encourage a friendly and profitable environment for our businesses and their patrons. The Bridgeport DSSD engaged local entrepreneur and community connector Razul Branch to survey, interview, and convene facilitated discussions with Downtown Bridgeport business owners regarding issues, concerns, needs, and opportunities. The aim of the needs assessment was to translate those insights into an actionable road map of programs and initiatives that will make the business owner experience a better one and foster a more business and customer friendly environment. Download the full report here.