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The Ultimate Coffee Table Magazine Is Here

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Dec 042018
 

For several years, we’ve been singing the praises of the Orange Economic Development Corporation’s semi-annual local publication “Orange Life” magazine.

This is not a rival news organization, rather a sister-type business, as we both serve only the Orange community.

Orange Life is beautiful, with quality printing and a high gloss cover featuring a beautiful picture from someone local. The winter issue shows a stunning painting of the Wepawaug by artist Violet Nastri.

Inside, are detailed stories crafted by skilled writers who have time to put in a lot of research to offer the best information about the subject.

Orange Life is the only news publication that you will want to keep on your coffee table for months to come. Sort of like a Reader’s Digest Magazine, you’ll always pick it up again for reference or to take another look at a photograph, or check out an ad (see our ad on page 58).

OEDC Executive Director Annemarie Sliby does a phenomenal job.

Look for your Orange Life Magazine in the mail, you’ll be sure to love it!

 

Orange’s Loss is Shelton’s Gain: Saying Goodbye to Paul Grimmer

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Mar 242016
 

IMG_1441The town of Orange will suffer a great loss on April 29: Paul Grimmer, the Executive Director of the Economic Development Corporation is leaving to take a job in Shelton.

Former First Selectman Mitch Goldblatt, Selectman Peach Reid and Frank Pifko from the United Illuminating Company interviewed Grimmer for the job of building several aspects of economic development in Orange.

“That was 14.5 years ago. They saw something in me and I got the job,” Grimmer said. “For this I am grateful.”

Grimmer became the town’s first full time executive director in September 2001.

The job, he said is building the town through business recruitment and retention. “I’m fortunate to have been able to do things beyond that, including introducing the first Orange Business Expo 14 years ago and the Orange Life Magazine, now in its sixth year.”

The Orange Economic Development Corporation (OEDC) is a not for profit organization to support the town’s economic development efforts.

Many other communities have their own economic development office and need to pay staff, maintain the office and provide healthcare. Orange is fortunate to have the EDC acting as the support to the town. The town provides the OEDC with $60,000 of it’s (approximate $200,000) yearly operating budget, then it’s up to the OEDC to get the additional resources by fundraising. A significant portion of income is obtained through ad sales for the Orange Life Magazine and the business expo generates a good income, according to Grimmer. The magazine and expo also promote town businesses and highlight the good work of people of Orange.

Grimmer said through his position, he’s been able to work with amazing companies like UI and participate in bringing some great companies to town.

One of his best memories of his tenure is seeing the completion of the Edison Road extension, which was on the books in the Orange Industrial Plan since 1963.  Grimmer spent a good part of an 8 year period piling up both state and federal grants and slowly but surely the extended road created business opportunities.

“Before Aurora Products moved here, they wanted to know if the road would actually be extended,” Grimmer said. “I assured them it would, and now the company is on its third expansion since coming to town.”

Grimmer said the town has benefited from the teamwork of the OEDC. “I have some awesome leaders: First Selectman Jim Zeoli; Alan Fischer, always steady at the wheel; and Armand Cantafio who I can always bounce ideas off of.” he said. “The critical element to my success here is the tremendous leaders I’ve had behind me.”

The Farmer’s Market is not an OEDC activity, but in this case, Zeoli expressed interest in having one in Orange and Grimmer said, “I’ll do it.” He confessed that he always stepped up because it was important to participate in community and business activities.

The key to his longevity at the OEDC was that the Board of Directors gave him the rope to go out and participate in community organizations and activities like the Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club of Orange.

“It made my job more enjoyable because of the personal contacts I’ve made over the years,” he said.

Zeoli said losing Grimmer is happy and sad. “We became good friends and he does an outstanding job for the town. It’s unfortunate that he’s leaving after 15 years, but I fully understand. This is an advancement for him and a step up. He’s going back to where he started. I wish him good luck.”

“It’s going to be hard to replace him,” Zeoli said. “People don’t realize how much he does: The Artisan Festival, Rotary Lobsterfest  and Rose Sale,The Business Expo and the Chamber of Commerce. He’s the driving force behind the Farmers Market and he excels in reaching out to property owners.”

Zeoli said Grimmer has town information embedded in his brain. “When you ask him something, he knows the answer in minutes.” — Orange Live can attest to this. When we asked how long Edison Road was in the works, he seamlessly turned to a crowded bookshelf and took out a small folder from 60 years ago. 

Zeoli said it will be a huge challenge to replace him after 15 years of experience on the job. “He’s leaving a huge void, but for his personal career, it’s a step up and in these tough economic times every step up makes life easier.”

As far as leaving Orange, Grimmer said he feels good that he did his best here and noted that he is leaving a lot of friends behind.

A New Opportunity

Grimmer’s last day with the OEDC is April 29. Until then it’s business as usual with him working feverishly on getting the May issue of Orange Life ready and preparing for the Orange Expo.

On May 2 he is starting his new career as the Shelton Economic Development Commission President and COO of the organization.

[NOTE: On May 2 he will become the vice president of the Shelton Economic Development Commission, then, on Aug. 3 will replace the retiring James Ryan as President.]

The job description is different from what he did in Orange — there will not be a “Shelton Life” Magazine. His focus will be on grants administration, revitalization and Brownfield Remediation along the river front.

Grimmer, 50, is a Shelton resident and began working in the Shelton Community Development office as an intern in 1987 while attending Penn State University — so he really is “going home.”

The town of Orange has some huge shoes to fill in finding a replacement for Grimmer, but the search will go on and a notice will be posted in the near future.

Orange Live wishes Paul the best of luck and a lot of happiness in his new venture. Orange’s loss is Shelton’s gain. Let’s hope his replacement can continue putting out a quality Orange Life Magazine — the BEST hard copy news resource in the town of Orange.

Orange Business Expo Coming In June — Sign Up Now

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Apr 172013
 

Screen shot 2013-03-18 at 1.39.26 PMThe 12th Annual Orange Business Expo is Scheduled for Wednesday, June 12, at the High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Expo is free to visit and Open to the Public.

This year’s sponsors include:

GOLD: Cohen and Wolf; Yale University; Northeast Electronics Corporation and Orange Economic Development Commission.

SILVER: Chef’s Equipment Emporium

BRONZE: Bruegger’s and Jamba Juice

Media Sponsor: Orange Town News

Additional Corporate sponsors are still sought.

2013 Exhibitor Details

The Floor Plan will include space for 54 exhibitors

Exhibitors are allowed to sell their products and services on site

Vendors need to have booth ready for 11 am opening

Booth Cost is $300 and includes:

  • an 8ft booth, pipe & drape, table, table cloth, table skirt & 1 folding chair
  • Marketing materials included in Expo Welcome Bags
  • Company information included in the Expo Program Booklet
  • All activities/seminars

Sign up for a booth early, as they fill up quickly

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Registration/Payment Information:

  • Registration may be completed online or by downloading the 2013 Application Form. Application forms may be mailed to the OEDC at 605A Orange Center Road, Orange, CT 06477.
  • Payment is due at time of registration:  Please mail a check or call us with your credit card information.
  • A list of registered exhibitors may viewed here: View Registrants »

Any business or individual who has questions may contact the OEDC Office at (203) 891-1045, or via email at pgrimmer@orangeedc.com

Highlights

Public Invited – Visit the Expo – Free Admission – Free Activities:

Attend Seminars – Pending seminars include: Constant Contact and QuickBooks

Expo Raffle – For a chance to win a restaurant gift package; (2012 winners were: Katalin Baltimore, Charlene Carrette, Kathi Kidd, Connie Maffeo 

Network – Network with Expo visitors and 54 business vendors

Shopping – Vendors will be selling their products on site

Food – Food available throughout the day

Our banner in a nice space drew visitors at last year's Expo.

Our banner in a nice space drew visitors at last year’s Expo.

NOTE: Orange Live debuted at the 2012 Expo nearly one month after launching. It was a great way to get our name out there and everything has been wonderful since. I recommend the expo to any business no matter how big or small as a great way to meet potential customers and fellow business owners.

Originally Published on: Mar 18, 2013 @ 2:14 p.m.

Edison Road Extension Project — Out To Bid

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Sep 172012
 

The town of Orange, with the assistance of the Orange Economic Development Corporation (OEDC) has put the Extension of Edison Road construction project, “Out to Bid.”

The project, which will connect Edison Road to Marsh Hill Road, was officially advertised on Saturday, Sept. 15.

A bid walk through will take place on Monday, Sept. 24, and the bids are due Wednesday, Oct. 3.

Bids may be picked up at the Town of Orange, Public Works Department at 617 Orange Center Road, Orange CT.

OEDC Announces Sixth Annual Golf Tournament

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Aug 052012
 

The Orange Hills Course is lush and green.

The Orange Economic Development Corporation (OEDC) announced its 6th  Annual Golf Tournament, sponsored by PEZ Candy, Inc., is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 21, at Orange Hills Country Club, 389 Racebrook Road.  A rain date of Oct. 5, is scheduled.

OEDC Executive Director Paul Grimmer said,  “Our annual tournament is turning out to be a terrific event.  We have implemented a number of fun activities for our participants and we look forward to wonderful day on the course.   The tournament is providing us an opportunity to network with our peers and generate new ideas for the upcoming year.”

Tournament Schedule

Registration will begin at 10 a.m. with a shot gun start at 11 a.m.  The tournament price is $175 per golfer and includes the following:

18 Holes of Golf with Cart

Bagged lunch given out at registration

Snacks and Drinks on the Course

Massages provided by Inner Essence Spa

Steak or Lobster Dinner Catered by David Grant Caterers

Beer Tent provided by Orange Ale House & Grill

Numerous on-course Contests—Hole in One, Closest to the Pin, Par 3 Challenge, Closest to the Line, Longest Drive (Men & Women).

Tournament Gifts, Contest Awards, and Raffle Prizes total over $6,000

The OEDC is accepting registrations and anyone interested in participating in the event should contact either Paul Grimmer or Annemarie Sliby at (203) 891-1045.  You may also sign up online at the OEDC website www.OrangeEDC.com/golf.htm.

In addition to PEZ Candy, Inc. as the Tournament Sponsor, other sponsors to date include:

Tournament Sponsor:             PEZ Candy, Inc.

Cart Sponsor:                          Cohen and Wolf, P.C.

Lunch Sponsor:                       The Eagle Leasing Company

Beverage Sponsor:                  NORTHEAST Electronics Corporation

The OEDC is accepting additional sponsors as well as Tee Sign Sponsors. Call the OEDC at (203) 891-1045 if interested.