State Sen. John A. Kissel today applauded the inclusion on the July 27 State Bond Commission agenda of a $980,000 grant-in-aid to the Town of Suffield to finance the extension of water and sewer lines along Route 75.
"This is a wise investment in infrastructure which should pay off in big dividends down the road in terms of jobs," Sen. Kissel said. "Extending these lines will allow for future development of approximately 80 acres of buildable land within the Bradley International Airport Development Zone."
Sen. Kissel co-sponsored a law establishing the Bradley Development Zone, which offers tax credits and property tax exemptions to manufacturers that expand or move in the four towns surrounding the airport including East Granby, Suffield, Windsor Locks and Windsor.
"Our continued focus on the zone will result in jobs, jobs, jobs," Sen. Kissel said. "This is great news and really is a tribute to the hard work of Economic Development Director Patrick McMahon. We have had meetings and discussions on the importance of this project, and I’m so pleased to see it becoming a reality. Gov. Malloy deserves full marks for recognizing the potential for job creation in Suffield and throughout the Bradley Zone."
Sen. Kissel noted that the project will create or retain approximately 20 construction related jobs.
East Granby manufacturer Nufern is the first Connecticut business to avail itself of the Bradley Development Zone. The state’s quasi-public Connecticut Airport Authority has approved Nufern’s final application to be eligible for a host of tax incentives offered to companies that expand and support economic growth around the Airport. Nufern, a global company that designs and manufactures specialty optical fibers, fiber lasers, and amplifiers, is expanding its facility from 65,000 to 95,000 square feet.
"The success stories in the zone are just beginning, and this project will keep the momentum going in Suffield," Sen. Kissel said. "We are finally capitalizing on our proximity to Bradley International Airport and major highways. I look forward to future good jobs coming to the zone, and I will continue to work with state and local officials to build-up the area around Bradley Airport as a major commercial center for the state."
Sen. Kissel (
www.senatorkissel.com) represents East Granby, Enfield, Somers, Suffield, Windsor Locks and portions of Granby and Windsor. He can be reached at John.A.Kissel@cga.ct.gov or (800) 842-1421.