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June 21, 2018

OP-ED | The Train to the Future May Yet Stop Here

by Susan Bigelow | Jun 21, 2018 2:58pm
Posted to: Analysis | Economic Development | Jobs | Opinion | Transportation | Rail | Berlin | Enfield | Hartford | New Haven | Trade, Transportation, Utilities Sector

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I crammed myself aboard an Amtrak train with a few hundred of my closest friends this past weekend, rode down to Meriden to wander around the beautiful new Meriden Green, and then I boarded a standing-room-only CTRail train back to Windsor Locks. The Hartford Line was open at last, travel was free, and people were excited.

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June 11, 2018

New Haven-Hartford-Springfield Train Line To Debut

by Jack Kramer | Jun 11, 2018 4:00am
Posted to: Business | Economic Development | Jobs | Transportation | Rail | Berlin | Enfield | Hartford | Meriden | New Haven | Newington | North Haven | Wallingford | West Hartford | Windsor | Windsor Locks

Contributed by Emily Woodward Tracy

(Updated 11:00 p.m.) HARTFORD, CT — New rail service announcements have become routine as Connecticut’s reliance upon trains has increased over the years, but the debut of the $755 million Hartford Line has brought with it some added buzz.

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June 1, 2018

Jobs and Transportation Top Bond Commission Agenda

by Christine Stuart | Jun 1, 2018 12:54pm
Posted to: Business | Economic Development | The Economy | Financial Sector | Federal Budget | Town News | Jobs | Manufacturing | Military Spending | National Security | State Budget | State Capitol | Transportation | Wall Street

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HARTFORD, CT — The state Bond Commission approved $233.5 million in general obligation bonds Friday, including $1.5 million for a Massachusetts manufacturing company to relocate to Putnam, $9 million for PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP to expand in Stamford, and $35 million to help Electric Boat in Groton ramp up for production of Columbia class submarines.

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May 21, 2018

Connecticut Scores Big On Opportunity Zone Designation

by Jack Kramer | May 21, 2018 5:29am
Posted to: Congress | Economic Development | The Economy | Poverty | Bridgeport | Hartford | New Haven

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HARTFORD, CT —Connecticut batted a thousand, getting all 72 of the areas it nominated as Opportunity Zones to induce long-term investments in low-income communities approved by the U.S. Treasury Department.

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May 15, 2018

Coalition Sues State Over Sweep of Energy Efficiency Funds

by Christine Stuart | May 15, 2018 11:56am
Posted to: Business | Consumer Protection | Economic Development | The Economy | Energy Sector | Energy | Environment | Jobs | Legal | State Budget

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(UPDATED 12:55 p.m.) HARTFORD, CT — A group of energy efficiency contractors and both consumer and environmental advocates sued the state of Connecticut today, claiming that the legislature illegally swept $155 million in ratepayer funds to close last year’s budget deficit.

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May 11, 2018

OP-ED | Community Colleges: A Resource Worthy of State Investment

by Barth Keck | May 11, 2018 5:30am
Posted to: Analysis | Economic Development | Workforce Development | The Economy | Manufacturing Sector | Education | Jobs | Manufacturing | Opinion | State Budget | Farmington

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I have to admit I’m somewhat surprised by the difficulties currently facing Connecticut’s community colleges. As a high school teacher for 27 years, I’ve seen many students choose one of the state’s 12 community colleges to further their education. Besides convenience and affordability, these colleges offer a variety of programs for direct entry into a competitive job market or into a baccalaureate program at a four-year institution.

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May 9, 2018

State Land Initiative Lands On November Ballot

by Jack Kramer | May 9, 2018 9:08pm
Posted to: Consumer Protection | Economic Development | Environment | Town News | Haddam

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HARTFORD, CT — A constitutional amendment to protect state land from being sold or given away without public input will be on the 2018 ballot for voters to decide.

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May 7, 2018

Deal Cut to Move Constitutional Amendment On State Land To House

by Jack Kramer | May 7, 2018 2:05pm
Posted to: Agriculture | Economic Development | Environment | State Capitol | Transparency

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HARTFORD, CT — After tabling debate on the bill this weekend, the Senate passed a bill Monday proposing a constitutional amendment to protect state lands from being sold or given away without public input.

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April 24, 2018

Auditors Find That Economic Development Agency Doesn’t Have Good Data

by Christine Stuart | Apr 24, 2018 2:35pm
Posted to: Economic Development | Transparency

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HARTFORD, CT — The Auditors of Public Accounts released an interim report Tuesday that found the Department of Economic and Community Development, which is in charge of giving out loans and grants to businesses, is not collecting accurate data about its economic assistance programs or the number of jobs created.

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February 9, 2018

Lawmakers Unhappy With Move To Make Second DECD Job Permanent

by Christine Stuart | Feb 9, 2018 6:30am
Posted to: Economic Development | Labor | State Budget

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HARTFORD, CT — The Department of Economic and Community Development is looking to make the position of Community Development Assistant Administrator a permanent position in the agency.

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