Press release from U.S. Rep. John Larson, the East Hartford Democrat whose 1st District includes Bristol:
Larson: Local Regional Planning Agency Awarded a Federal Grant to Support Economic Development
Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Congressman John B. Larson (CT-01) announced that the Central Connecticut Regional Planning Agency (CCRPA) was awarded a $64,000 federal grant from the Economic Development Administration to encourage regional economic development and job growth. CCRPA represents seven towns in Central Connecticut including Berlin, Bristol, and Southington which are located in the First District.
“In these difficult economic times, this funding will boost our economy in the short term, create jobs and invest in key industries that will lead to long term economic growth and investment in the region.” said Congressman Larson. “When President Obama came into office, our economy was on the verge of collapse. Because of the hard work of this Congress and the President, we can now say the economy is no longer on the brink.”
“There is still a lot of work to do to ensure that our friends and neighbors feel the impact of an improving economy. It is vital that we keep up investments in our local economic development, like this grant for CCRPA, in order to create jobs and put our economy on a solid foundation for the future.”
The investment from the Economic Development Administration will support CCRPA’s update of their comprehensive economic development strategy (CEDS) to leverage both the private and public sector to strengthen and diversify our region’s economy.
Since 1955, CCRPA has served as the chief regional planning organization of central Connecticut, providing a cooperative vision and technical assistance that supports the economic advancement of its partner towns. With the leadership of Executive Director Carl Stephani, CCRPA will position the Central Connecticut region on a path toward economic strength and stability for the future.
The Economic Development Administration, a division of the U.S. Department of Commerce, leads the federal economic development agenda of the nation, by serving as a venture capital resource that supports the economic growth of communities throughout the United States.
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