January 31, 2014
January 24, 2014
REP. WRIGHT WELCOMES DEMOCRAT LEADERS
JOBS AND BUSINESS AGENDA FOR 2014
Investing In Job Training Helps Bristol Manufacturers
State Representative Christopher Wright (D-Bristol) is endorsing the jobs and business agenda that Democratic leaders from the House and Senate announced recently for the upcoming 2014 General Assembly session that convenes on February 5th.
“We are listening to the real concerns of average middle class people,” Rep. Wright said. “I welcome an agenda that calls for us to concentrate on helping to put people back to work, creating jobs and supporting small businesses who continue to struggle.”
The Democrat agenda includes the following proposals:
• Re-capitalizing Connecticut’s highly successful STEP-Up program, which offers employers who hire an unemployed worker either a wage subsidy to help pay a new employee’s salary for the first six months, or provides a six-month training grant. Since its creation in October 2011, more than 2,000 unemployed people have been hired under STEP-Up.
• Implementing new school-to-job programs such as an accelerated certificate program (12 months) combining basic education and technical and career training; an I-Best program for adult students lacking a GED which combines GED preparation with real-world skills training; and an Advanced Manufacturing Certificate Program, where students combine paid work and college level study towards the attainment of an associate’s degree.
• Cutting Red Tape by pre-permitting business development, renovation or new construction by pre-approving zoning and environmental reviews in order to save businesses time and money.
“Business leaders have asked us to focus on the economy,” Rep. Wright said. “We need to continue to help the many manufacturing businesses, like we have in Bristol, by investing in job training programs that match workers with employers who are searching for skilled workers.”
January 20, 2014
January 14, 2014
The Bristol Downtown Development Corp. is getting a new board member to replace one of its original commissioners, Tom Cosgrove, who resigned last month.
Kelly Maher, who works for Chubb Specialty Insurance Co., was tapped by Mayor Ken Cockayne to fill the vacancy. City councilors are expected to approve it tonight.
Maher’s appointment will return the seven-person board to full strength. The city-created nonprofit is charged with overseeing the revitalization of the former mall site on North Main Street.
Maher holds a bachelor’s degree in English and professional business writing from Western Connecticut State University, where she graduated in 2008.
Cosgrove resigned in order to care for his ailing wife. They have moved to Boston.
“It has been one of the greatest pleasures of my life to serve the city,” he wrote in an email to Cockayne announcing his resignation. “We will always love Bristol.”
January 9, 2014
Want to take a look around inside Memorial Boulevard School?
The Planning Commission is holding a walk-through at 4 p.m. Monday that is open to the public. It will take less than an hour. Those attending should gather near the southwest corner of the building.
The commission’s hearings on the fate of the building, billed as listening sessions, are going to be held later in the month.
The first hearing is slated from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 22 in the first floor meeting room at City Hall.
The second is scheduled to run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25 in Meeting Room #3 at the Main Library on High Street.