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Congressman Joe Courtney

Representing the 2nd District of Connecticut

Courtney Announces Economic Development Grant for Southeastern Connecticut

July 3, 2014
Press Release

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.

“This grant will help jump-start planning and projects to strengthen our regional economy and create jobs,” Courtney said. “Our part of the state is home to a highly skilled workforce, and with seCTer’s longtime expertise in building a cohesive economic development strategy, we can utilize that advantage to encourage economic growth. seCTer has proven its value repeatedly in the past, whether leading the charge to save the sub base or exploring economic diversification.”

Chairman of the seCTer Board of Directors, Dr. Jerry Lamb, noted, “This is great news for the region and for seCTer. This support will assist our staff in their efforts to implement the goals and objectives identified in the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) and facilitate the many projects identified in the document that will increase the economic competitiveness of the region. We appreciate the efforts of Congressman Courtney and his staff as they guided us through this process.”

This EDA planning grant supports the implementation of the CEDS, which covers the region served by seCTer , comprised of the 21 towns in New London County: Colchester, Bozrah, East Lyme, Franklin, Griswold, Groton, Lebanon, Ledyard, Lisbon, Lyme, Montville, New London, Norwich, North Stonington, Old Lyme, Preston, Salem, Sprague, Stonington, Waterford, and Voluntown.  The CEDS process is designed to bring together the public and private sectors in the creation of an economic development roadmap to diversify and strengthen the regional economy.  The region’s CEDS identifies a number of infrastructure projects and organizational actions intended to bolster the economy, build a strong workforce, and sustain the attractive quality of life in Southeastern CT.