State Sen. Bob Duff (D-25) is Majority Leader. This is one of his occasional email updates.
I want to share with you some positive news about Connecticut:
Amazon Creating Jobs in Connecticut
Amazon–the largest internet-based retailer in the world–has decided to expand its presence in Connecticut with the creation of a new state-of-the-art, 855,000 square-foot fulfillment center in North Haven. The company plans to spend $255 million on the project, where it will create 1,800 jobs at the new facility.
Amazon’s decision to invest 1,800 new, good-paying jobs in North Haven is a victory for the greater New Haven area. Connecticut’s partnership with Amazon has already yielded thousands of jobs.
The company, which recently opened a fulfillment center in Windsor and a sorting center in Wallingford, currently employs approximately 2,000 people in Connecticut. With the addition of the North Haven facility, that number will increase to approximately 3,800 Connecticut-based employees.
A Transportation Lockbox
A strong, modernized infrastructure is central to a thriving economy. That’s why I was happy to lead Senate passage of a constitutional amendment creating a transportation lockbox. A lockbox will ensure that funds intended to be used for transportation remain reserved for that use only.
When I speak with business leaders in Norwalk and Darien, and with others across the state, they repeatedly stress the need for an upgraded transportation system. Businesses need a transportation infrastructure that provides reliability and consistency in order to grow and succeed.
I believe that creating a transportation lockbox is in the best interests of the fiscal health of Connecticut. Voters will have an opportunity to approve the ballot measure in 2018.
UTC Makes Major Investment in Connecticut
Earlier this month, United Technologies Corporation cut the ribbon on its new $60 million Connecticut research hub. The new facility is a direct result of the state’s effort to collaborate with UTC to accelerate Connecticut’s innovation economy.
This is a facility where research will produce and develop the kind of technological advances that we’re seeing around the world.
Those who run the center say they haven’t had any trouble recruiting talent.
“Half of our folks we hired in the last five years. They love being here,” remarked Dr. David Parekh, the Director of the UTRC during the ribbon cutting. “They put their roots in the community and they enjoy working together and they themselves are the ones recruiting others saying hey, come and work and come and join us and be a part of the innovation that’s happening at UTC.”
Connecticut Added 6,700 Jobs in May
Connecticut employers added 6,700 jobs to their payrolls in May and the unemployment rate held steady at 4.9 percent, new labor data shows.
Connecticut counted 11,000 more jobs last month–mostly in the private sector–than in May 2016, when the state’s jobless rate was 5.3 percent.
Private education and health services led the state’s seven of 10 job “supersectors” recording gains last month.
While we have more work to do, this is encouraging news.