Washington, D.C. – Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) announced that his Community Funding Project request for the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technologies (CCAT) was included in the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill. This is one of ten Community Funding Project requests Larson submitted to the Appropriations committee; additional requests will be announced in the coming days.
Larson requested $900,000 for CCAT’s Connecticut Manufacturing & Technology CommUNITY eCommons. This project would reinvent the workforce talent pipeline for small businesses post-COVID-19 and provide centralized and “common” resources that will reinvest in workers and small businesses, build public/private partnerships, incorporate collaborative strategies that change systems, and develop a sustainable job creation/job retention ecosystem for small businesses.
“CCAT is integral to Connecticut’s business community, whether it’s helping small startups or advancing the manufacturing workforce in the state. This funding will allow them build on their past successes and help the state continue to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, with this funding CCAT will focus on helping Black and Latino communities and small businesses recover, as they were among the hardest hit from the pandemic. Congratulations to Ron Angelo and the entire CCAT team on this exciting funding,” said Larson.
“The Community Funding Project request from Congressman Larson could not have come at a more important time and will enable CCAT to provide valuable resources to small manufacturers throughout our community. It’s time to move forward with new and innovative programs to address the lack of resources for people we need to help return to work. With the support of Congressman Larson, the Connecticut Manufacturing & Technology CommUNITY eCommons will establish a collaborative platform to help jump-start a career revolution for manufacturing. The CommUNITY eCommons will bring together state and municipal systems that can help address employer needs, educational resources, and job seeker support,” said Ron Angelo, CCAT’s President & Chief Executive Officer.