News Published: May 18, 2011 - 10:56 AM

New project to create thousands of new jobs

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State Representative Chris Perone (D-Norwalk) joined Governor Dannel P. Malloy Tuesday to announce a new jobs initiative at the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington, which will help put people to work now and sustain economic growth and innovation going forward. In addition, the proposal will help make Connecticut a leader in the bioscience industry.

“I commend Governor Malloy’s bold leadership and focus on creating good quality, new jobs in Connecticut,” said Representative Perone. “Our entire state economy benefits by supporting research and development projects like this. This project will create jobs in the short term—and more importantly, in the long term.”

“This proposal represents a new way of thinking about the UConn Health Center and the way in which it can be leveraged to create new jobs now and sustain economic growth and public health innovation down the road,” said Governor Malloy. “It’s not just a medical and dental school or just a hospital—we have to think about the campus in its entirety and its potential to help Connecticut become a leader in a bioscience economy.”

Highlights of the jobs initiative include:

· Providing 3,000 construction jobs annually from 2012 through 2018.

· The generation of $4.6 billion increase in personal income by 2037, including the creation of 16,400 jobs.

· Doubled federal and industry research grants to drive discovery, innovation and commercialization.

· Increased access to high quality health care.

· Graduate and retain more physicians and dentists to meet forecasted workforce shortage and meet increased demand for health care services resulting from health care reform.

· Strengthen and stabilize UCHC’s finances.

Perone is a member of the Majority Leaders’ Jobs Growth Roundtable, which was formed in 2010 by legislative leaders to spur business development and job creation in the state.

Last year, Perone sponsored sweeping economic development legislation based on the roundtable’s recommendations to jump-start job creation, while laying a foundation for long-term economic growth. Incentives for entrepreneurship and innovation, infrastructure, and education are all contained in the bill.

He also serves as Vice Chairman of the Communications, Financial Services and Interstate Commerce Committee of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL).

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