CT pays $477K for port study

Connecticut will shell out $477,179 for a Long Beach, Calif. firm to perform a comprehensive study of Connecticut's three deep water ports.

Long Beach port and harbor adviser Moffat & Nichol will complete the first study into the state's plan to develop an economic development strategy for the ports in New Haven, New London and Bridgeport. Hartford engineering and planning firm BETA Group, Inc. will serve as subcontractor.

The study will include an inventory of the port facilities, their accessibility, a market analysis of regions the ports can service, an economic development strategy, short- and long-term action plans, and a plan to get grants-in-aid for improvements to ports and marinas, including dredging.

The study will be complete by June 30.

"Connecticut's maritime industry is a vital piece of our State's economy, accounting for tens of thousands of good jobs," said Governor Dannel Malloy, in the announcement selecting Moffat & Nichol. "Unfortunately, without a comprehensive strategy in place, we can't know where the best chances for us to promote economic development exist. This study will change that. It will guide the State - in the short and long-term - in our effort to partner with Connecticut's ports, grow jobs, and bolster our economy."

Connecticut's maritime industries account for more than $5 billion in business within the state, 30,000 jobs and $2.7 billion in state gross domestic product, according to the Connecticut Maritime Coalition.

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