Why Become an Associate Member in COST?
Associate Membership in the Connecticut Council of Small Towns (COST) is geared to firms that are doing business with Connecticut municipalities (or want to), specifically the more than 139 localities whose interests COST represents. Together, these towns represent a large public sector market and make purchases totaling more than $100 million annually.
What type of company seeks COST Associate Membership?
The answer is all kinds, representing numerous sectors and industries including: law, banking, accounting, engineering and consulting, financial services, insurance, energy, utility, construction, and more. COST Associate Membership is also important to corporations that have facilities in Connecticut’s smaller communities, or whose employees live in Connecticut’s towns.
Associate Membership in COST provides member firms with many direct benefits, including opportunities to network with municipal leaders and numerous avenues for increasing a company’s visibility with small town leaders statewide:
Perhaps most important, when a company becomes an Associate Member in COST, it is supporting efforts to strengthen grassroots local government and the quality of life in suburban and rural towns throughout Connecticut.
COST Members are Encouraged to “Shop” With Associate Members
COST encourages its member towns to look to its Associate Members first, when they are in need of municipal services.