Jeff Apuzzo serves as the Chairman of the Farmington Economic Development Commission, where he has been an active member since 2000. Under his leadership, Farmington has expanded its commercial and industrial tax base, but has done so in a responsible fashion.
In addition to responsibly growing commercial and industrial business in town, equally important to Jeff is ensuring that Farmington retains its existing business – this is why our town enjoys one of the lowest commercial and industrial office vacancy rates in Hartford County and the State of Connecticut. He understands the need for commercial tax revenue to fund our schools so we don’t overburden residential taxpayers. Jeff’s position, however, has always been that maintaining a proper balance among commercial development, residential development and open space is essential for Farmington and that economic development can and should be accomplished without encroaching upon residential neighborhoods or overdeveloping existing properties.
In 1990, Jeff began working in downtown Hartford and in 1991 he and his wife, Thalia, moved to Farmington. Their decision to move to town was driven by Farmington’s reputation for having an excellent school system, good municipal services, low taxes and a rural character. Seeing many of these attributes having slipped away in other towns, Jeff decided that he would do his part to ensure that the same thing did not happen to Farmington. From 1992 through 1995, he sat as an alternate member on the Town Planning and Zoning Commission. He served as the Vice-Chair of the 1996 Farmington Charter Revision Commission and also served on the 1999 Charter Revision Commission. He has been a member of the town’s Economic Development Commission since 2000. He remains committed to Farmington’s future and believes that as a member of the Town Council, he can help ensure that Farmington continues to prosper as it has done in the past under Republican leadership.
Jeff and Thalia moved to the Highlands area in 1991 where they still reside with their daughters, Victoria and Cassie. As his kids grew up, Jeff coached girls Farmington Little League softball and girls recreational league basketball teams. Thalia was an active member of the Union School PTO having held the positions of Co-President, Secretary and Treasurer over a four-year period. She was also a Girl Scout troop leader in town for a number of years. Jeff graduated from the University Connecticut in 1985 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. He went on to receive his Juris Doctor cum laude from Western New England College School of Law in 1988. He is the managing attorney for the Connecticut staff counsel office of Selective Insurance Company of America, which opened earlier this year on Waterside Drive in Farmington.
Learn more about Jeff at www.farmingtonctgop.org