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Initiative will help create construction jobs in Connecticut

Posted on July 16, 2013

A new statewide initiative is helping to create construction jobs in Connecticut.

Governor Dannel P. Malloy and other state and local officials have announced $4,973,865 in Main Street Investment Fund (MSIF) grants to 14 municipalities across Connecticut.

The program provides funding to develop or improve town commercial districts, attract small businesses, and improve pedestrian access and livability in town centers.

In one town, Berlin, the project will improve pedestrian safety, encourage traffic calming, and add crosswalks and a median. It is part of the town’s ongoing work to revitalize its commercial area.

“The new development funded by this grant will be a significant revitalizing force in downtown Berlin,” said State Senator Terry Gerratana (D-New Britain). “Improving infrastructure around the Berlin Train Station will establish a pedestrian-friendly area that will prove instrumental in attracting new businesses and economic growth to the downtown area.”

“This additional state investment allows us to move forward revitalizing Berlin’s commercial area—promoting economic growth and growing jobs, which is my top priority. I want to thank Governor Malloy for his strong support for this project. I also want to thank Senator Gerratana and Representative Abercrombie who helped me secure this funding,” said House Majority Leader Joe Aresimowicz (D-Berlin & Southington).

“I commend my Majority Leader, our Governor and all the people involved in recognizing the importance of prioritizing the allocation of funding for this project,” said State Representative Cathy Abercrombie (D-Berlin). “I am proud of the work our legislative delegation is doing on behalf of our community. We are all in agreement that updates are needed if we want to revitalize and energize the train station area.”

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