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Governor Malloy emphasizes economic development

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. — September 22, 2017 – The Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology’s Advanced Manufacturing Center was the backdrop Thursday afternoon as Gov. Dannel P. Malloy held a press conference to address the importance of fostering a bi-partisan dialogue on the state budget.

 
“The budget as passed by the General Assembly will take the state in the wrong direction – particularly in economic development,” Governor Malloy told a gathering of reporters, state commissioners, legislators and CCAT employees.  “It decreases our ability to grow good manufacturing jobs in Connecticut by cutting some of the most successful economic initiatives that we have rolled out over the last 6 ½ years, undermines our workforce development programs and impedes our pipeline of skilled workers.”

The Governor met with Democratic House leadership on Thursday and will meet with Republican leaders from both the House and Senate today in attempt to keep the lines of communication open and finalize a budget. But when questioned about the lack of agreement on the $40.7 billion package to date, he pointed out that while there are positives to the budget “there’s no room for compromise when they are going to destroy jobs.”

About CCAT

Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology Inc. (CCAT) is a nonprofit organization, headquartered in East Hartford, Conn., that creates and executes bold ideas advancing applied technologies, IT strategies, energy solutions, STEM education, and career development. By leading state, regional, and national partnerships, CCAT helps manufacturers, academia, government and nonprofit organizations excel. Learn more at ccat.us, or follow CCAT on Twitter - @CCATInc.

CCAT FACTS: DID YOU KNOW…

·         The Advanced Manufacturing Center has supported more than 180 projects in the last 18 months, providing services related to additive and composite technology, tooling optimization and machining

·         Over 2,000 middle school students are expected to participate in in-school manufacturing and STEM-related programming over the course of this current school year to introduce future careers

·         CCAT convenes an employer-led Advanced Manufacturing Employer Partnership with close to 200 manufacturers

·         CCAT IT services focus on manufacturers, municipal governments, K-12 school districts, and non-profit organizations

·         CCAT provides support for the Connecticut Hydrogen Fuel Cell Industry, which is an estimated $1.4 billion market with 6,620 full- and part-time jobs and $615 million in labor income