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Washington—Today, Congressman Joe Courtney announced a $25,000 federal grant to CLiCK (Commercially Licensed Co-Operative Kitchen), Inc. of Willimantic. Awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Rural Business Enterprise Grant will help fund the purchase of commercial kitchen equipment for use by regional farmers and others seeking to incubate small local culinary businesses. CLiCK, Inc. will be equipped to enable local food growers process their produce, connecting them with markets and directly to customers.
WASHINGTON— Congressman Joe Courtney applauded the passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) last night, a bipartisan bill which reauthorizes the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) for the first time since 1998. WIA sets policy for state workforce investment boards, and workforce training and retraining programs. Courtney, Ranking Member of the Workforce Protections Subcommittee, has long called for reauthorizing WIA to modernize workforce training and prepare workers for high-skilled jobs.
Norwich, CT—Today, Congressman Joe Courtney announced that a $70,000 federal economic development grant has been awarded to the Southeastern Connecticut Enterprise Region, Inc. (seCTer). After meeting with U.S. Economic Development (EDA) Regional Administrator Willie Taylor and Congressman Courtney, seCTer applied for the funding based on their 2013 designation by EDA as an Economic Development District qualifying the organization for the $70,000 partner planning grant.
Legislation Fully Funds Virginia Class Submarine Construction, Ohio Replacement Program
WASHINGTON—Today, Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-2) released the following statement after voting for the 2015 Defense Appropriations Act, which passed with bipartisan support by a vote of 340 to 73:
WASHINGTON—After appearing with President Obama at Central Connecticut State University to promote an increase in the federal minimum wage, Congressman Joe Courtney noted that recent reports from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office and the Center for American Progress indicate that raising the minimum wage would decrease federal spending
WASHINGTON—Citing state export data released today from the U.S. Department of Commerce showing a more than 3 percent increase in exports from 2012 to 2013, Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-2) released the following statement:
Norwich—On Tuesday, Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-2) joined Anne Evans, District Director of the U.S. Department of Commerce, to present an Export Award to MetFin, a Suffield, Connecticut, company that manufactures metal finishing systems. After seeking assistance from the Middletown District office of the Department of Commerce, MetFin was able to expand their export business to Canada, Spain, and Mexico.