Community & Economic Development
DOWNTOWN HOLIDAY BANNER PROGRAM
100 new holiday banners will be hung in downtown Clinton this year! The banners feature festive images of the season and prominently feature the name of your business or community organization. Act soon! Banners will be first-come, first served.
The cost of sponsoring a banner is $250, plus an annual $35 fee for placement, removal, and storage. Businesses and community organizations that have previously sponsored a downtown holiday banner will receive a $50 discount. Banners will be displayed for approximately eight weeks, and for a minimum of three holiday seasons- or until at least 2025.
Designs will be distributed randomly to participating businesses and organizations. If you feel strongly in favor of a particular design, let us know- reasonable effort will be made to honor your request. If you wish to request a particular location, we will also try to accommodate your request. Please understand, however, that multiple businesses may be requesting the same location. We will make every effort to be fair, each year.
Holiday banners are a great way to beautify downtown and to let visitors and residents know that you are part of the community! Please click on the sponsorship link to sign up for your organization's banner, and thank you!
The Community & Economic Development Office (CEDO) supports economic activity, opportunity, and resident’s quality of life.
The CEDO works collaboratively with residents and businesses, as well as municipal departments and commissions, to plan for Clinton. The CEDO develops projects that further community goals, and then secures funding and administers these projects, including downtown revitalization, infrastructure improvements, open space acquisition, brownfields remediation, and social services. The CEDO maintains constructive relationships with regional and statewide entities that support communities and economic vitality. It is a point of contact within the community for existing and emerging businesses.
Growing Your Business in Clinton
Planning to open or expand your business? The Community & Economic Development Office can assist you in many ways, including:
- Connecting you with resources that will help you create a business plan, to learn the basics of operating a small business, and to become part of our local business community
- Connecting you with lenders and other financial resources for new and small businesses
- Referring you to local real estate brokers and property owners
- Assisting you with local permitting and licensing
Commercial Improvements Program
The Town of Clinton can provide up to 85% of project cost to businesses that wish to make improvements to the exterior of their property- facade improvements, signs, awnings, architectural lighting, flower boxes, outdoor dining, painting and repointing, and accessibility improvements are eligible. Maximum award is $3,000. Contact the Community & Economic Development Office for more information.
Commercial Improvements Program Guidelines
Commercial Improvement Program Application
Property Owner Permission Form
Downtown Clinton Design Guidelines- Signage excerpt
The 2017 federal Tax Cut and Jobs Act enabled the creation of Opportunity Zones, areas in which certain investments in businesses, property, and real estate may qualify for meaningful tax benefits. In April, 2018, the U.S. Department of the Treasury designated two of Clinton's three census tracts as qualified Opportunity Zones.
Information on the Opportunity Zone Program may be found here.
Boundary map of Clinton's Opportunity Zones may be found here.
Vacant Storefront Tax Credit
The Massachusetts Vacant Storefront Program provides a refundable state tax credit of up to $10,000 to businesses that occupy designated properties within Clinton's downtown district. Property Owners may also be eligible to apply for the credit. Contact the Community & Economic Development Office for more information.
List of Eligible Storefronts, as of June, 2023
Clinton Accessible Ramp Program
Funded by a generous donation from the Clinton Home Foundation, the Accessible Ramp Program provides temporary ramps and other temporary accessibility installations for Clinton residents in need. Contact the Community & Economic Development Director, Phil Duffy, for more information.
Clinton Housing Improvement Program
The Clinton Housing Improvement Program (CHIP) assists income-qualifying owners who wish to make needed repairs to their properties. There are eligibility requirements, but if you are a property owner who wishes to know more, please download a pre-application form (PDF). You may also contact the Phil Duffy in the Community and Economic Development Office at 978-365-4113, or email for more information.
The Clinton Housing Improvement Program is made possible by funding from the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.
please note: the Clinton Housing Improvement Program is not currently funded.