Clinton Democratic Town Committee

DTC Newsletter – Oct 15, 2017

Christine Goupil knows one way to increase economic development is by focusing on historic preservation. She has been guided by proven principles of leveraging our local historic resources to support sustainable economic growth for a thriving and vibrant town.

An experienced and resourceful project manager, Christine’s leadership skills were honed in design and marketing at The New York Botanical Garden, KPMG, ADSHEL/Clear Channel Communications, and The Prince’s Foundation for the Built Environment.

At the Prince’s Foundation, led by H.R.H. Prince Charles of Great Britain, Christine worked with a highly qualified team to deliver master plans and community revitalization strategies around the world.

Returning to the USA, she and her family chose to move into one of Clinton’s oldest neighborhoods, High Street. “We love this town, its natural beauty and its history,” she says.

Christine quickly got involved in the development of Placemakers, a group of energized citizens promoting our town’s great assets to benefit residents, businesses, and visitors.

In 2008, Christine Goupil was appointed by the Board of Selectmen to the Downtown Revitalization Committee. She helped write a report which the Town used to secure grants to implement streetscaping including lighting, sidewalk, planting, and bulkhead improvements.

Christine was elected to two 4 year terms on the Planning and Zoning Commission, where as part of the Planning Committee, she successfully led the creation of a new comprehensive Town Plan of Conservation and Development. Maybe you met her during the five-year process of engaging residents, businesses, civic organizations, and all Town Boards and Commissions?

In 2013, continuing to find innovative ways to move Clinton forward, Christine worked with the Planning Committee to secure a Connecticut State Vibrant Communities Initiative grant for $200,000. These funds were used to conduct a marketing and feasibility study for the Unilever property and surrounding historic district.

The 25 acre site, with 280,000 square feet of building space, is where the Pond’s/Unilever Company employed as many as 700 people at one time in its 124 years of operation in Clinton, before closing in 2012.

The Board of Selectmen appointed Christine to a new committee, the Steering Committee for the Historic Unilever Property and District. The work of this Committee was completed in 2014, and its recommendations were incorporated into the Town Plan. Among the recommendations were that Clinton seek the National Register Historic District designation for the 93 acre neighborhood of well-preserved 18th to 20th century houses and the Pond’s/Unilever complex.

We expect by year’s end the State Historic Preservation Office will approve The High Street Historic District, making historic preservation tax credits available to homeowners in this north-central Clinton neighborhood.

As our next First Selectman, Christine will lower taxes and fight for the vitality of Clinton by encouraging appropriate economic development while protecting our small town character. She will actively pursue opportunities for sites including Old Morgan, Unilever, Stanley Bostitch, and Clinton’s downtown.

The Unilever study also included a call to improve the train station. On October 11th, the Connecticut Department of Transportation announced our train station renovations will be completed in December 2019. Here Christine listens to resident Sue Higgins discuss planned upgrades to the property.

Christine has spent years learning the governance of Clinton through tireless and passionate volunteer service, turning her beliefs into action. She will represent all of Clinton with ethics and honesty.

Let’s elect Christine Goupil as First Selectman, so she can continue her bipartisan work with both residents and business owners who want to celebrate our history and develop our economy… making Clinton the Jewel of the Shoreline.

Christine lives with her husband Alan Felgate, a Board member of the Clinton Land Conservation Trust, Vice-Chair of the Historic District Commission, and Founder & President of Clinton Sailing Club. Christine and Alan have two young boys and a dog.

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Published by the Clinton Democratic Town Committee – clintondtc.org – October 14, 2017

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