CT selects cities to pitch locations for Amazon HQ2

The state of Connecticut has chosen the Stamford and Hartford regions to represent it in its bid to land Amazon’s second headquarters. The cities of Bridgeport and New Haven are still jointly pursuing an application with Amazon together as a metropolitan area, the mayors of both cities said Friday. http://www.hartfordbusiness.com/article/20171006/NEWS01/171009934

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Infrastructure could follow tax reform on Congress’ agenda

Some industry groups and highway transportation advocates hope changes to U.S. tax policy will allow for increased allocations to the Highway Trust Fund, which supports state infrastructure programs and is set to run dry by 2020. Until a formal infrastructure program can be worked out, Chao said, the Department of Transportation is streamlining regulations, particularly […]

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Hartford Fires Centerplan From Development Around Dunkin’ Donuts Park

Hartford leaders on Monday fired Centerplan Construction Co. and DoNo Hartford, the original developers of Dunkin’ Donuts Park, from other projects in the city’s stalled downtown north neighborhood. Now that Centerplan and DoNo have been fired from the rest of the development, city leaders said they’re looking for developers “with the interest and capital” to […]

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ConnDOT debuts Meriden railside parking

Connecticut transportation officials have opened 225 parking spaces in an $8.8 million downtown Meriden parking garage to improve rail access for regional commuters and travelers, authorities said. The Connecticut Department of Transportation (ConnDOT) said it made the improvements to safety, accessibility and convenience near the CTrail Hartford line Meriden station. The spaces opened last week. […]

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The Dotted Line: Understanding IDIQ contracting’s win–win potential

Included among the lump sum, design-build and cost-plus contracts — to name a few — commonly used to carry out this work is another type of arrangement: indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contracting. When public agencies know they will need some type of construction service but lack certainty around the timeframe or the volume or scope […]

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MGM gambles on Bridgeport with new casino plan

The stakes have been raised in the competition to build Connecticut’s first new casino in 20 years, with MGM unveiling plans for a $675 million privately financed waterfront resort in the state’s largest city that the gaming giant is touting as an economic and jobs boon. A 2021 opening date is being eyed by MGM, […]

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Malloy, Democrats close on budget deal

Democratic leaders still must sell this two-year budget plan to rank-and-file members before Thursday’s scheduled votes in the House and Senate. Moderate Democrats have expressed concern about the tax hikes being proposed and have called for greater fiscal reforms. Though full details were not available, the new plan for this fiscal year and next would […]

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Moody’s: Damage from Harvey and Irma could hit $200B

The combined value of property destroyed by Hurricane Harvey in the Gulf Coast and Hurricane Irma in Florida could hit between $150 billion and $200 billion, CNBC reported, citing Moody’s data. The ongoing shortage of skilled construction labor is one of the biggest hurdles expected to impact rebuilding efforts. Even before the storms, seven in 10 […]

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Report Finds Lack of Investment In Transportation Will Hurt Connecticut

The report from the American Road and Transportation Builders Association found Connecticut would lose $3.2 billion in economic activity each year, including $2 billion in lost sales and 10,227 in lost jobs that an investment in transportation would have supported. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s compromise budget does not include a bonding cap, but any bonding […]

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