Ned Lamont made his first trip as Governor-elect today, no longer to ask for votes but to work on improving the economic picture. He says he chose that part of the state for his first trip because there is a lot of economic energy that can be spread to other parts of the state.
The Governor-elect stopped in for lunch at one of New London’s top coffee shop and luncheon spots; the ‘Muddy Waters Cafe’ on the city waterfront. He met in New London with regional leaders including the area’s two Republican State Senators, Republicans that survived this week’s blue wave election.
The aim of this first trip was to discuss ways to capitalize on the port of New London which is expected to be a prime departure spot for workers, materials and equipment for a major wind farm off Cape Cod.
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He said he wanted to make his first trip here because there is so much positive economic momentum in Southeastern Connecticut that can spread to other regions adding, “You look a what’s going on at the pier, you look at what’s going on in terms of wind power, you look at expansion Millstone, you see there’s 12,000 folks they need to hire right at E.B.”
His second stop was at Electric Boat to discuss the ramp up for building the next generation of Nuclear
Submarines. There are actually more Electric Boat subcontractors in Central Connecticut than there are in Eastern Connecticut, so the economic activity of that ramp up will spread and he says he wants to expand job training programs in the entire region.
He also met with the tribal chairmen of the state’s two casino resorts. The chairmen say that if the legislature and the Governor can move fast enough, they could have on line gambling ready to go by next year’s ‘March Madness’ basketball tournament. “We’ve been a little ‘slow off the draw’ in making sure that…I want us to have a first mover advantage there and I can’t do that unless we have
the tribes at the table as part of what we got to do.”
Kevin Brown, the tribal chairman for the Mohegans tells News 8 that a conservative estimate places revenue to the state from on-line gambling at between 10 and 20 million for the first year.