Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced the completion of the Connecticut Deep Water Port Strategy Study which was commissioned by Connecticutâ€™s Department of Transportation (DOT) to guide the development of a long-term economic development strategy for the deep water ports in Bridgeport, New Haven, and New London.
The study makes recommendations to protect existing commercial operations at these ports, and identifies new opportunities for business growth.
â€śThis report is an important tool to strengthen the economic potential of Connecticutâ€™s deep water resources,â€ť said Governor Malloy. â€śExpanding business development and creating jobs are keys to economic recovery, and this study highlights ways we can support our maritime industries and effectively compete for limited federal resources. By examining both short- and long-term options, we are in a better position to accelerate economic activity at all of our ports.â€ť
In addition to the DOT, three state agencies collaborated in the development the study: the Office of Policy and Management (OPM), the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), and the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP). Municipalities also played an active role throughout the process.
â€śThe recommendations in the study will help us determine the best ways to invest in and manage our ports,â€ť said Jim Redeker, Commissioner of the DOT. â€śConnecticutâ€™s portsâ€”like ports across the U.S., face major challenges. This study will help us build on our strengths, manage and leverage state investments, and more clearly assess the full potential of Connecticut ports.â€ť
Prepared by Moffatt & Nichol, the Connecticut Deep Water Port Strategy Study analyzes the strengths and deficiencies of ports in Bridgeport, New Haven, and New London, and provides recommendations in the areas of infrastructure and harbor improvements, governance, and funding.
â€śConnecticutâ€™s maritime sector accounts for tens of thousands of Connecticut jobs and represents $5 billion in economic activity for the state,â€ť said Catherine Smith, Commissioner of DECD. â€śExamining how to enhance growth and investment in this industry could be part of economic recovery.â€ť
Press Release, October 5, 2012