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STATE SENATOR

Cathy Osten

Getting Results

Promoting Norwich and Eastern Connecticut

I recently hosted Electric Boat Vice-President of Human Resources Maura Dunn on a tour of the new Lofts at Ponemah Mills apartment complex in Norwich in an effort to promote the apartments to EB as potential living space for its thousands of future submarine workers.

EB Housing

The tour came shortly after my meeting with EB executives and my announcement that I will introduce a bill this session called the Submarine Jobs and Opportunities Building Success Act (JOBS Act) to dramatically increase Connecticut’s investment in defense manufacturing jobs.

There is no doubt in my mind that Connecticut must play a role in helping EB hire thousands of qualified state residents over the next few years to build submarines for our national defense. Our state and regional economy depends on this investment!

Connecticut Economic Growth Among Fastest of All States

A new report from the U.S. Department of Commerce shows that Connecticut’s economy surged in the three months between July and the end of September, expanding by 3.9 percent, which is a faster growth rate than the United States on average and New England overall, and the eighth-fastest growth rate among all 50 states.

State economies are measured on the sale and production of goods and services; Connecticut’s economy was $264 billion, the second largest in New England behind Massachusetts.

I’m going to continue working to ensure that Connecticut has the targeted public policies and public investments in place to keep our workforce growing and our economy thriving!