Goal: Adopt policies that allow Connecticut’s manufacturers to grow, create jobs, and drive economic recovery
Connecticut’s greatest economic promise—now and for decades to come—is the state’s diverse and innovative manufacturing industry. A resurgence of American manufacturing is creating new opportunities for manufacturers to drive our state’s economy.
The challenge is to support Connecticut’s manufacturers so that they can take advantage of those opportunities and be as competitive and productive as possible. Commonsense improvements in education, environmental, tax, and economic development policies can improve manufacturers’ competitiveness and increase the overall economic strength of the state.
Adopt recommendations of the National Governor’s Association Policy Academy that will provide manufacturers with the policies, business environment, and resources they need to innovate and compete globally.
Implement aspects of the state’s new Comprehensive Energy Strategy that reduce energy costs for Connecticut manufacturers and other businesses.
Allow students who are not involved in a school or secondary-education manufacturing or mechanical program to participate in manufacturing internships.
Adopt nationally recognized, industry-validated credentials as a foundation for all workforce development programs.
Increase funding for incumbent worker training by $1 million through the reallocation of existing workforce development funds.
Amend the Small Business Express program to provide help to companies trying to access new foreign markets for their goods and services.
Clarify the manufacturing tax exemption for mixed-use businesses and repairs.
Download CBIA’s complete 2013 Government Affairs Agenda (pdf)