Contact: Adam Joseph
October 6, 2010
Willimantic—A new state law that took effect just days ago, on October 1st, will make Connecticut a friendlier place to do business by streamlining the environmental permitting process, cutting red tape and reducing the uncertainty often involved in economic development projects.
Senate President Donald E. Williams, Jr. (D-Brooklyn), State Rep. Susan Johnson (D-Willimantic), Executive Director of the Windham Region Chamber of Commerce Roger Adams, and small business owner Mike Weitz held a news conference Wednesday to highlight the changes.
Design Center East expanded its operation recently and was able to hire additional employees. The small business worked with local permitting officials to complete the project on time. The new state law is designed to help projects move through the state permitting process just as quickly.
“This small business’ expansion is the perfect example of what the economy needs to rebound and grow jobs,” Senator Williams said. “We want to make sure projects like this can move along as quickly as possible, and this new permitting law will help. To businesses, time is money, so if we can speed-up the environmental review process then we can attract and retain businesses to locate and expand here in Connecticut.”
“As a person in the business world, it is of vital importance to stay on schedule with projects,” said Mr. Weitz. “We tend to move at a faster pace than the government. Any process that is streamlined to save us time and money is greatly needed and helps us with our expenses.”
Public Act 10-158, “An Act Concerning Expedited Permitting for Economic Development,” passed the General Assembly May 5th with strong Democratic and Republican support. The new law:
“One of the Chamber’s priorities is the removal of roadblocks that prevent our region’s entrepreneurs from moving ahead with job creation and investment in new and revitalized businesses,” said Mr. Adams. “Encouraging a more rapid turnaround in portions of the environmental permitting process will help assure those investors that they are making the right decision in their investment in Connecticut jobs.”
“Clean air, clean water and our natural landscape benefit not only our quality of life, but our economy,” said Environment Connecticut Program Director Christopher Phelps soon after the bill passed. “This legislation recognizes that a healthy environment and a healthy economy go hand-in-hand. It contains some reasonable steps to help improve the permitting process while maintaining the integrity of Connecticut’s environmental protections.”
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