About DSSD

Staff + Board

Meeting Minutes

News + Reports

Sponsorship

What We Do

As the Business Improvement District for the Park City, the mission of the Bridgeport Downtown Special Services District (DSSD) is to promote the preservation and development of the downtown business district; make the area more attractive and accessible; and enhance the public perception of downtown Bridgeport through overseeing and managing its appearance, security, and cleanliness.  The DSSD is operated under the direction of a nine member Board of Commissioners representing property owners in downtown Bridgeport.

What is a Downtown Special Services District?

A Special Services District is one type of special taxing district Connecticut law authorizes. Under Connecticut General Statute, a municipality can form a Special Services District to promote the economic and general welfare of its citizens and property owners through the preservation, enhancement, protection, and development of the economic health of the municipality. Among other things, the district can (1) acquire and convey real and personal property; (2) provide any service that a municipality can provide, other than education; (3) recommend to the municipality’s legislative body that it impose a separate tax on property in the district to support its operations; and (4) build, own, maintain, and operate public improvements. Voters in the district must approve its establishment at a referendum. Learn more on the Connecticut General Assembly’s website.

Our Services

We bolster the sense of culture and community in the heart of Downtown through open space beautification, our friendly team of Ambassadors who keep the district clean and safe, and a diverse array of activities, including the Color It In program and the Downtown Farmers Market. 

Our District

The Downtown is bounded on the east by the Pequonnock River, by Route 8 on the west, by Interstate 95 to the south, and by East Washington Avenue to the north.

Staff + Board

Officers

Philip Pires, Chair
C&W Associates II, LLP

Kim Morque, Vice Chair
Main State Ventures LLC

Eric Gross, Treasurer
John Broadcannon, LLC

Robert Schneider, Secretary
Jimmy’s A & N, LLC, Ex Officio

Commissioners

Karolyn Egbert
Trefz Corporation

Fred Frassinelli
AMS Real Estate

David Iassogna
People’s United Bank

Philip Kuchma
Kuchma Corporation

Ryan McClay
Forstone Capital, LLC

Max Pastor
Bordentown DB, LLC

Bridgeport DSSD Staff

Lauren Coakley Vincent
President + CEO

Meeting Minutes

Meeting Protocol

The Downtown Special Services District Board of Commissioners meets monthly, on the second Wednesday of the month at 4:00pm. Meetings are open to the public. While we need to maintain appropriate social distancing protocols, the general public may participate in monthly board meetings via Zoom video conference: https://zoom.us/j/3710336467, Meeting ID: 371 033 6467.

The agenda for each meeting will be:

  1. Call to Order
  2. Recognition of Guests
  3. Approval of Minutes
  4. Treasurer’s Report
  5.  Report from the City
  6. President’s Report
  7. Reports of Standing and Special Committees
  8. Old Business
  9. New Business

Meeting documents will be available at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting. Documents for the October 14, 2020 meeting are accessible here.

Special + Standing Committees

The Downtown Special Services District (DSSD) also has special and standing committees, which meet on a monthly basis. Their regularly scheduled meetings are held in the DSSD office, open to the public, and set as follows:

Executive Committee: First Wednesday of each month at 12:00 p.m.

Physical Conditions: Last Friday of each month at 8:00 a.m.

Public Safety: Last Friday of each month at 8:30 a.m.

Special Events + Marketing: First Tuesday of each month at 9:00 a.m.

While we need to maintain appropriate social distancing protocols, the general public may participate in monthly Special and Standing Committee meetings via Zoom video conference: https://zoom.us/j/3710336467, Meeting ID: 371 033 6467.

2020 Minutes

January 2020 // 01-15-20 Board Minutes

February 2020 // 02-12-20 Board Minutes

March 2020 // 03-11-20 Board Minutes

April 2020 // 04-08-20 Board Minutes

May 2020 // 05-13-20 Annual Mtg Minutes

June 2020 // 06-10-20 Board Minutes

July 2020 // 07-08-20 Board Minutes

August 2020 // 08-12-20 Board Minutes

September 2020 // 09-09-20 Board Minutes; 09-22-20 Board Minutes

October 2020 // 10-14-20 Board Minutes-draft

November 2020 // Scheduled for November 11, 2020

December 2020 // Scheduled for December 9, 2020

2019 Minutes

January 2019 // PDF Download

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2018 Minutes

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