New Fairfield First Selectman Pat Del Monaco says she has heard concerns from residents about empty storefronts in the center of Town. The Board of Selectmen opened a discussion recently on the creation of an Economic Development Commission. The Commission is charged with conducting research into the economic conditions and trends in the municipality, and makes recommendations to the Board on possible actions. The Commission would include residents with expertise in areas such as business, marketing, planning, real estate and finance. The group could conduct public opinion surveys, study and investigate the conditions affecting current businesses and commerce in New Fairfield and take active steps to encourage businesses to locate in town.