CT Develops Plans for Deep-Water Ports

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Four state agencies—the Department of Economic and Community Development; the Department of Transportation; the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection; and the Office of Policy and Management—are working together on a long-term plan for economic development of Connecticut’s deep-water ports, including a focused effort at growing maritime industry jobs.

Earlier this year, legislation that passed required the state to develop a strategy for economic development of the ports in New Haven, New London and Bridgeport. Last week, the state issued a request-for-proposals (RFP) for these services, with a specific focus on generating strategic initiatives and detailed action plans it can use in developing and marketing the ports.

Based on the most recent analysis conducted by the Connecticut Maritime Coalition, Connecticut’s maritime industries and related economic activity account for more than $5 billion in business output within the state—including more than 30,000 jobs—and approximately $2.7 billion in State GDP.

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