Bradley Development Zone moves forward

7/27/2012

By KAREN JARMOC

(Editor’s note: Jarmoc is a candidate for Connecticut’s 7th Senatorial district.)

Submitted photo. From left to right, Caren Kittredge, former chairwoman of the Bradley International Airport Board; Karen Jarmoc, board member of the Connecticut Airport Authority; Joan McDonald, former Commissioner of the Department of Economic and Community Development; Jim Hayden, East Granby First Selectman, and Annie Hornish, former state representative, at the Bradley Development Zone bill signing.

EAST GRANBY — Economic development in and around Bradley International Airport took a positive step forward recently as the Connecticut Airport Authority formalized policies and procedures necessary to implement the Bradley Development Zone. As a lawmaker, I was pleased to be involved in the development of the BADZ — aimed at encouraging businesses to locate and expand near Bradley.

This legislative experience prepared me with a strong understanding of the great opportunity associated with the BADZ. Such knowledge was meaningful, as I now sit on the board of the CAA and work diligently with my colleagues to structure and carry through this initiative. In fact, East Granby manufacturer Nufern is the first Connecticut business to avail itself of the state’s new BADZ near Bradley International Airport. The state’s quasi-public CAA approved Nufern’s final eligibility for a host of tax incentives offered to companies that expand and support economic growth around the airport. Nufern is a global company that designs and manufactures specialty optical fibers, fiber lasers, and amplifiers. The company is expanding its facility from 65,000 to 95,000 square feet and expects to add some 40 jobs initially to its East Granby facility.

The BADZ extends tax incentives to airport-related business firms utilizing the airport for distribution, manufacturing, and other specified businesses that develop or acquire property in the zone and foster job growth. A business qualifies for the program’s tax incentives if it acquires an idle facility or constructs, substantially renovates, or expands one and uses the facility for specified uses. Eligible uses include manufacturing, research and development related to manufacturing, and work to significantly service, overhaul or rebuild machinery and equipment for industrial uses. Incentives are offered to eligible businesses located in E. Granby,Windsor, Windsor Locks, and Suffield.

The CAA worked cooperatively with the Department of Economic and Community Development, Bradley Development League, Metro Hartford Alliance and municipal leaders to develop policies and procedures for the development zone. The BDL is a consortium of four towns (East Granby, Suffield, Windsor and Windsor Locks) surrounding BradleyInternationalAirportthat markets the airport and region for economic development purposes.

The Connecticut Airport Authority was established in July 2011 to develop, improve, and operate Bradley International Airport and the state’s five general aviation airports (Danielson, Groton/New London, Hartford, Brainard, Waterbury-Oxford, and Windham airports). The CAA’s goal is to make Connecticut’s airports, specifically Bradley International Airport, more attractive to new airlines and bring in new routes, supporting Connecticut’s overall economic development and growth strategy.

Karen Jarmoc is board chair of the Asnuntuck Community College Foundation Inc., a board member of the Connecticut Airport Authority, and candidate for state senator in Connecticut’s 7th Senate district. She may be reached at 860-749-0431 or jarmocenfield@aol.com.


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