Aug 14, 2014
09:03 AMConnecticut Today
Westport Crowned Fan-Favorite Town
And the winner is…Westport.
Last week the beloved Fairfield County coastal town was crowned the "still revolutionary" Fan-Favorite Town of the Year by the Connecticut Office of Tourism. For six weeks, the Office of Tourism asked people to vote for the town they felt most embodies the spirit of the state’s “still revolutionary” marketing campaign. During the program more than 40,000 votes were cast and Westport emerged the winner, beating out runner-up Putnam and third place Niantic (which won last year, the first year the program was launched).
In a press release regarding the program the Office of Tourism wrote: “Westport, a coastal town that offers a blend of New England charm and tradition with a cosmopolitan twist, successfully harnessed the pride of residents and visitors and earned more votes than any other town, village, city or borough across the state. Compo Beach, a 29-acre park along the shore of Long Island Sound, was chosen as the top destination within Westport.”
Westport’s First Selectman Jim Marpe was thrilled his town received this distinction.
“I was very excited and honored that Westport would be selected as the fan-favorite town in Connecticut,” he says. “In some ways I'm not surprised since there are so many interesting activities and special events that take place in Westport; nevertheless it's always great to be acknowledged by people outside the community and in particular the Connecticut department of tourism.”
He adds, that Westport embodies the “still revolutionary” slogan thanks to its historic ties and forward-thinking attitude.
“One of the more significant Revolutionary War historic events that took place in Connecticut occurred on Compo Beach where the British landed 2000 troops for their raid on Danbury. [And] Westport is still leading the way in a number of different areas; an example would be our library where we are in effect creating the model for the library of the 21st century. [The library] has what they call their “MakerSpace,” which among other [innovations] has 3-D printers that allow young and old to be inventive and revolutionary.”
During the competition Westport actively campaigned for votes. A video (see below) created by three Westport fifth-graders featured more than 42 businesses and attractions within the town. Other towns that finished in the top ten include Mystic, Simsbury, Willimantic and Torrington.
As the winner, Westport will receive advertising support from the Connecticut Office of Tourism, including national and in-state public relations help, an editorial feature in the 2015 Official Connecticut Visitor’s Guide and an honorary plaque.
“We're very proud to be selected and appreciative that the state’s office of tourism will be helping us promote Westport as an attractive community not only to visit but to live in,” Marpe says.