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STATE SENATOR

Carlo Leone

Integrity & Collaboration

Another Large Business Expansion in Stamford

I believe Stamford's reputation as the business hub of Connecticut is well-deserved, especially when we welcome good news like the announcement by the Internet company Indeed that it plans to increase its presence in Connecticut by investing $26.5 million to expand its Stamford offices and create as many as 500 new jobs, bringing its total Connecticut workforce to 1,200 employees.

Indeed is the largest job site in the world, connecting job seekers to millions of employment listings in over 60 countries and 28 languages. They are a leader in their industry, and the fact that they choose to invest and grow in Connecticut is exactly what our state needs in focusing our efforts to ramp-up Connecticut's tech-sector and continue the robust creation of good-paying jobs in our city and state.Their website is utilized across the world by more than 200 million people each month.

Indeed Web site.

Indeed is succeeding and growing in large part due to Connecticut's highly qualified workforce, and news of this significant expansion is a testament to ensuring Stamford is a hub of innovative leadership for others to follow. Even Dave O'Neill, Indeed's chief financial officer, mentioned Connecticut's "great talent pool" and that Connecticut has "a well-educated, tech-savvy employee population that is attracted by the high quality of life in the area."

Under the expansion, Indeed will lease additional office space at 177 Broad Street in Stamford and evaluate longer-term expansion options. The state Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) will provide a 15-year, $7 million low-interest loan to support the expansion, and Indeed is also eligible for up to $15 million in tax credits through DECD's Urban and Industrial Sites Reinvestment Tax Credit program.

I congratulate Indeed and the governor on reaching this exciting expansion, and I look forward to the company's continued success here in Stamford and around the world.
 

Red Cross Blood Drive

The Red Cross has scheduled a blood drive from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Saturday, July 22, at the Tully Health Center, 32 Strawberry Hill. Blood donors should be in good health, be at least 17 years old, and weigh at least 110 lbs.

If you have the time, I urge you to donate. The American Red Cross is facing a critical blood shortage and is issuing an emergency call for eligible blood and platelet donors of all blood types to give now and help save lives.

Red Cros blood drive.

Blood donations have fallen short of expectations for the past several months, resulting in about 61,000 fewer donations nationally than needed and causing a significant draw down of the Red Cross blood supply. The shortfall is the equivalent of the Red Cross not collecting any blood donations for more than four days.

Blood shortages often worsen in July due to fewer volunteer-hosted blood drives at places of work, worship or community gatherings, and this year is no exception. Nearly 700 fewer blood drives were scheduled nationally during the July 4th holiday week than the weeks before and after the holiday.
 

Support Stamford Education!

The Stamford Public Education Foundation (SPEF) is seeking donations for its "Tough Mudder" team that will take part in the Tough Mudder Half Long Island race this Sunday, July 23, at Old Bethpage Restoration Village in Long Island, New York. The race features teams of contestants encountering 13 obstacles over 5 miles.

SPEF Mudder team.

All money raised by the SPEF Tough Mudder team will benefit the Stamford Public Education Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the students, teachers and families in Stamford's public schools. This year, SPEF has mentored more than 884 Stamford students, distributed more than 5,000 free books, and provided math tutoring to nearly 100 high school students.

Team SPEF has a fundraising goal of $15,000. Donations are 100 percent tax deductible. For more information, please visit www.spefct.org.