Downtown Update
January 2022
Governor Lamont Announces $17.9 Million in State Funding to Remediate Blighted Properties
Governor Ned Lamont recently announced his administration is awarding approximately $17.9 million in state grants to help with the costs of remediating 40 blighted parcels in 13 towns and cities across Connecticut for the purposes of putting them back into productive use.

The grants are from the Department of Economic and Community Development’s Brownfield Remediation Program. They are expected to leverage $427 million in private funding and will help in the investigation and clean-up of approximately 78 acres of land.

The grants will go to projects in Berlin, Bridgeport, Haddam, Hebron, Meriden, Montville, New Britain, New Haven, New London, Stamford, Thompson, Torrington and West Hartford. Several of the parcels are located in CMSC member network communities and will result in mixed-use developments that will help invigorate their downtowns and town centers. Read the press release.
Gov. Lamont Signs Executive Order Directing State Agencies to Reduce Carbon Emissions, Prepare for Climate Crisis
Governor Ned Lamont recently signed Executive Order No. 21-3 directing Connecticut executive branch state agencies to take significant actions within their authority to reduce carbon emissions and prepare for the impacts of the climate crisis.
Connecticut is increasingly experiencing the effects of the changing climate, and precious little time remains to take action to mitigate the impacts the state will experience in the future. The state's Greenhouse Gas Inventory Report shows that emissions from the transportation and building sectors are increasing, and that the state is not on track to meet its interim 2030 target. Governor Lamont said the state must take aggressive action where possible within existing authority to reduce carbon emissions, and that is why he is directing a whole-of-government approach in EO 21-3 and calling on the Connecticut General Assembly to authorize expanded investment and decarbonization programs. Read the press release. 
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