CT Local Chambers in Action Update: March 2018

Welcome to your bimonthly update about local chambers and member businesses engaging on local economic development and clean energy issues and more.

 Sen. Winfield

Sen. Winfield

Sen. Winfield, CT Green Bank President Ask Local Chambers to Support Clean Energy. “There are a lot of economic opportunities out there if we open ourselves to renewables,” Sen. Winfield (D-New Haven), Co-chair of the Banking Committee, and Energy and Technology Committee, said during a February briefing call for local chambers. And the CT Green Bank President says, “We’ve got the Capital, bring your projects!” More.


 Credit: Deepwater Wind

Credit: Deepwater Wind

Join the Exclusive Block Island Boat Tour of America’s First Offshore Wind Project. Join New England Chamber CEOs, elected officials, and businesses for an exclusive tour on Monday, May 21. Learn more about the competition brewing between states along the coast to attract offshore wind investments and wind supply chain investments. More.


Local Chamber Executives Applaud Comprehensive Energy Strategy. “The energy efficiency funds help employ local workers, attract energy companies to CT, and help our member companies save on their utility bills.” said Diane Nadeau, President and CEO of the Windham Region Chamber of Commerce. “With energy costs in CT being the highest in the country, we need these programs now more than ever.” More.


 Mary Ellen Dombrowski

Mary Ellen Dombrowski

CT River Valley Chamber Celebrates 200th C-PACE Project. The CT Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy program, which provides financing for energy-saving upgrades with no money down, has exceeded a new project milestone—with its 200th project announced in East Hartford. Said CT River Valley Chamber President Mary Ellen Dombrowski: “I’m always impressed when I hear about the return on investment in CT, and I’m glad local businesses are taking advantage of this program.” More.


Westport Weston Chamber Joins Support for Restoring Efficiency Funds. “I’m really glad to see Rep. Steinburg (D-Westport) leading the charge on reversing these energy efficiency fund sweeps,” said Matthew Mandell, Executive Director and President of the Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce. “This move has hurt jobs and injured a great asset in attracting private investments to the state.” More than $175 million was taken from the state’s energy efficiency programs to offset the state’s budget cuts in 2017. More.