Contact: Laurence Grotheer
May 2, 2012
State Senator Joseph J. Crisco, Jr. (D-Woodbridge) today joined the General Assembly’s new, bipartisan, bicameral Manufacturing/Advanced Manufacturing Caucus, a group formed to underscore the importance of manufacturing and advanced manufacturing in Connecticut.
According to the announcement of the new caucus, it is meant to, ‘examine and promote policies to help Connecticut manufacturers find trained and educated workers, operate on a level playing field with their competitors nation- and world-wide, and obtain capital they need to thrive.”
“There’s no question but that the nature of manufacturing in Connecticut has changed over time and yet it’s vitally important for our state to nurture the manufacturing that remains and do all we can to recruit more manufacturers,” Senator Crisco said. “A key component of this will be to match the new requirements of manufacturers with the knowledge, skills, and experience of Connecticut’s workforce.”
In Connecticut, the estimated annual Gross State Product (GSP) of manufacturing—the total dollar value of all final goods and services produced in the state—is more than $25.9 billion, which accounts for about 11.4 percent of the state’s total employment.
“This new caucus will combine the talent, interest, and experience of legislators from both parties and from both chambers to identify new outlets for Connecticut products in an increasingly competitive global marketplace,” Senator Crisco said. “We also hope to work with financial institutions and perhaps identify innovative sources of public funding to help in-state manufacturers stay competitive.”
Senator Crisco said the impetus of four legislators is largely responsible for creation of the new, Manufacturing/Advanced Manufacturing Caucus. They represent the General Assembly’s four traditional caucuses: there are two senators, one from each party, and two state representatives, one from each party.
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