The Western Connecticut Council of Governments has be awarded a $50,000 federal grant. The money will be used for development of a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy for the region. WestCog is a regional planning group for towns stretching from Sherman down to Stamford.
Senator Chris Murphy says the strategy will provide the region with a long term plan to grow middle class jobs and integrate disadvantaged communities into the workforce. The funding comes from the Economic Development Administration.
Murphy, Senator Richard Blumenthal and 4th District Congressman Jim Himes said economic development planning is essential for building stronger communities and creating highly-skilled, good-paying jobs. They called the grant a wise federal investment that will go a long way in bringing economic revitalization to the Western Connecticut region.