Gov Promises to Create Jobs at Oxford Airport

Despite veto of the economic development bill that would have created jobs around the airport, Malloy states he will work with state lawmakers to find the best way to help businesses and create jobs.

Gov. Dannel Malloy and legislative leaders say they will work to develop an “appropriate set of economic development tools” to accelerate job creation in the area surrounding the

In a news release submitted to Oxford Patch on Monday, Malloy stated he will work with House Speaker Christopher Donovan and Sen. President Donald Williams on the jobs creation initiative. The release stated their respective staffs will work together with the co-chairs of the legislative committees of cognizance on the joint effort. Malloy did not state exactly how his plan will create jobs; he indicated further studies were necessary to figure out the best way to do so.


The announcement comes weeks after Malloy that would have created incentives for companies to create more jobs in the towns of Middlebury, Southbury and Oxford around the airport in part by providing tax incentives to companies.

In a prepared statement submitted to Oxford Patch, Malloy stated he and legislative leaders will examine all of the factors to make sure the area around the airport is a thriving economy. But, he stated he doesn’t necessarily believe everything needs a legislative solution.

“The Oxford Airport area is very important to the local economy, and the state’s overall economy – improving the area could happen through working together to find the right strategies for the area,” he stated.

hugh nelson July 25, 2011 at 04:38 PM
Once again the man is full of you know what thank God we get to vote him out in a few yeqrs, that is if Ct still exists
Mary Ann Drayton-Rogers July 25, 2011 at 04:38 PM
Thank you Governor Malloy for your recent visit and tour of the Oxford Airport and our indepth conversation. Your supportive comments here are welcome news to the Town of Oxford and the area surrounding the airport. I look forward to a continued working relationship with you Speaker Donovan and Senator President Williams. Oxford First Selectman Drayton-Rogers
socrates July 25, 2011 at 04:57 PM
Malloy vetoed a bill providing tax incentives to create jobs around the airport so that he could work with democrats to stuff the pockets of more companies at $250,000 a job? How stupid does Malloy think we are? I mean, democrats excluded.
kathy johnson July 25, 2011 at 05:06 PM
Thank you Governor Malloy for your interest in Oxford. I support your efforts in trying to put our state on the road to prosperity and more jobs. Although some may disagree with you now I think in the long run the measures you are taking will pay off later. I have met and heard you speak many times and have come to view you as a sincere and caring person. As the mother of a son who has an ABI this quality in a leader is important to me. Kathy Johnson, Former First Selectman Oxford.
Oxford Girl July 25, 2011 at 05:30 PM
Maybe Malloy ought to take care of his own budget and stay the heck away from Oxford. His is still screwing around with the unions and his budget cuts keep decreasing so where is the extra money coming from .... guess ...
Tomas Reyes Jr. July 25, 2011 at 05:55 PM
I`m certain you and Speaker Donovan will find a way to help Oxford continue trying to create good jobs and increase the economic development opportunities for the area. With your help, I`m sure Oxford and the surrounding area can and will "take off"!
Oxford Girl July 25, 2011 at 07:07 PM
Because they are doing such a good job with the rest of the state......really?
Duncan McDougall July 25, 2011 at 07:20 PM
Why do something now when you you can do something when it is too late!
Ed Hardy July 25, 2011 at 08:38 PM
Just what we need: another study. It seems that if both houses of the state government with the exception of only one representative were in favor of the plan because of it's merit, the governor should have signed it instead of calling for yet another "do nothing" study.
JYD July 26, 2011 at 02:03 AM
Malloy had no choice but to veto it. How could he possibly campaign in the future on a successful bill that wasn't his idea?
Oxford Girl July 26, 2011 at 01:29 PM
I emailed Malloy through his website and surprise .. there wasn't even a form letter in return - jerk
carol July 26, 2011 at 04:23 PM
Governor Malloy willingly is risking his personal political reputation on behalf of all residents in the State of Connecticut. He has been in office for 7+ months and already has faced our state deficit head-on. While laying the foundation upon which he will manage to reduce the deficits left behind by former Governors Rell and Rowland, people seem to become impatient... only now? Did we hear name-calling when former Governor Rell did absolutely nothing for CT? It was on her watch that businesses began to relocate out of CT. Did we hear name-calling and insults when former Governor Rowland was sent to prison for stealing from all of CT residents? We heard some outrage, but all of it died, pretty quickly. Suddenly, we want instant gratification from a new leader who has inherited a mess created by his predecessors. Governor Malloy will repair the damage done in the past. This is not the time for us to become even more divisive. This is THE time to exercise some trust that a new leader wants to do be better for our state, for all towns, all residents and and businesses. I know we have waited years and years for someone to take a strong stand for our state. Now we have him. Many of you express anger but I believe that anger is displaced. Look to the recent past if you want to place blame. Look to the future for bringing CT back to solvency and and a state in which to live and operate businesses.
Oxford Girl July 26, 2011 at 07:35 PM
Has anyone actually gotten laid off yet? NO Has he held firm to his cuts? NO Has he held firm against the Union? NO Is there any real budget yet? NO Has he decreases taxes? NO Has he helped anyone who works and pays taxes? NO Did he pass the tax incentive bill for Oxford Airport? NO Is he really risking anything on our behalf? HELL NO - we are looking to the future and it doesn't include hurting Oxford
Ed Hardy July 26, 2011 at 08:15 PM
Both parties certainly bear responsibility for this mess including John Rowland for his outlandish concessions to the State unions. However,lest we forget, Governor Rell proposed a budget with major consolidations of State agencies and it was soundly rejected by the Democratic super-majority State legislature. Under the circumstances it was not possible for her to lead. What Governor Malloy has inherited is what the Democrats in the legislature created.
Joe Ruggiero July 26, 2011 at 08:52 PM
I think this is the ultimate hypocrisy. The governor says he is "pro jobs", then when he gets a bill that passed unanimously in the state sentate creating the enterprise zone around the airporrt what does he do? He vetos it. Now he comes back, visits the area and says "Don't worry, I will bring in more jobs". Nonsense. To be fair, I understand that he had to raise taxes and cut in places that hurt. He inherited that problem...but the reasons he and his staff have given for vetoing the enterprise zone do not hold water.
kathy johnson July 27, 2011 at 10:53 AM
Our First Selectman HAS BEEN a cheerleader for Oxford. She has kept our taxes in check during these hard times. She has strongly supported ecconomic developement in our town. I do not feel that this is a political issue because any wise leader be they Republican or Democrat would be working with state leaders to get as much for their town as they possibly can. My observation is that Governor Malloy is paying close attention to Oxford because he knows he must and that our Board of Selectman will not let up until the Governor keeps his promise to the citizens of Oxford to create jobs around the Waterbury-Oxford Airport.
Ed Rowland July 27, 2011 at 12:02 PM
Inspite of economy,Oxford has done better than most area Towns with new business coming into Town.Planning for road improvements in the industrial area has been going on for 10 years with much of this happening very soon.
Oxford Girl July 27, 2011 at 12:50 PM
Yes Ed, but it is in no way because of Malloy or his "help" because his kind of help we don't need. It is because of our boards and legislators in the town and their hard work over the years not Malloy, he was still busy screwing up Stanford while all this was being set into motion.
Joe Ruggiero July 27, 2011 at 01:44 PM
I think Oxford's success is because it was less expensive to buy there and because they finally built their own high school.
Get Real July 28, 2011 at 02:15 AM
Mr. Ruggiero talks about Oxford as "there" and "they built their own high school". If you don't live in Oxford why are you commenting on 'our town'? You don't sound like you are connected to Oxford except to criticize 'us'. So where do you live and if by chance it is in Oxford why are you not one of 'us'? I know I am proud to live in this town.
Joe Ruggiero July 28, 2011 at 02:39 AM
Hello "Get Real". I live in Southbury. We too would have benefitted from the legislation that would have established the enterprise development zone. Further, I actually do work for a company in the zone that would have appreciated the reduced taxation. While I don't live in Oxford, I live less than 1 mile away and I consider you friendly neighbors. I think I have a stake in this issue and that it was fair for me to make comments. Don't you?
FREE AT LAST! July 28, 2011 at 03:22 AM
Anyone from Oxford, Middlebury and Southbury has a stake in this development. I'm waiting for Bill Davis to send an email from his town email account to the governor or Oxford's zoning officer complaining that not expanding will hurt his business. Back on point. The development area borders 3 towns, literally. It impacts all 3 of them. The Southford and Exit 16 area off I-84 would be the closest gas stations, deli's, dunkin donuts, 3 affordable restaurants and banks. Everyone stands to gain if it is done properly. But this is Connecticut.


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