State Representative Chris Perone (D-Norwalk), House Chair of the Commerce Committee, announced today that Norwalk has received $95 million from the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) tax credit programs and grants since 2006. Rep. Perone was able to access this data through the recently launched Data.CT.gov website announced by Governor Dannel Malloy last month. The site enables Connecticut residents to access raw government data.
“The fact that Norwalk has received $95 million in assistance from the DECD since 2006 is certainly great news,” said Rep. Perone. “What’s more encouraging is the clear increase in state assistance since 2010 as Connecticut’s business development programs were being improved and streamlined. Removing barriers to assistance in the application process is what Norwalk businesses need and what they’ve been demanding.”
“The open data portal is a great resource for taxpayers and policymakers, as it clearly shows the impact our investments are having in communities like Norwalk,” said DECD commissioner Catherine Smith. “We appreciate the bipartisan support we continue to receive from the state legislature for our economic development programs.”
“The state’s new open data portal is a great resource for anyone interested in the activities of state government, and a great leap forward for transparency. Recent state investments in Norwalk’s economy have been substantial, and are helping our local businesses in a whole variety of ways. All of these things are good news for our city’s economy and its residents,” said Senator Bob Duff (D-Norwalk).
“Norwalk is without a doubt one of the key places in the state to do business and the fact that the city has received more than $95 million from DECD alone shows very clearly that state officials believe in Norwalk and want to help its businesses grow and flourish,” said State Rep. Bruce Morris (D-Norwalk).
“My colleagues and I work as a team to do everything we can to support our city and the results prove it. When residents or businesses need our help, we are here to assist,” Morris added. “These DECD investments coupled with DECD’s plans for more outreach in the community reinforce our legislative commitment to increase business and job opportunities.”
Data.CT.gov includes lists, tables, charts, graphs or other non-narrative forms of data. This data is collected by executive branch agencies and Executive Order 38 instructs them to identify data within their agencies and begin the process of uploading that data to the portal.
Representative Perone serves Norwalk’s 137th Assembly district. He is Chair of the Commerce Committee, and a member of the Energy and Technology Committee.