Inflation is pushing wages higher

Contractors are reviewing their budgets to find creative ways and additional financial incentives to retain workers in today’s inflationary environment, said Misha Nikulin, managing director at Deloitte’s engineering and construction practice. Average hourly earnings for construction workers climbed 6.1% from December 2021 to December 2022, exceeding the 5% rise in average pay for all private […]

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State plan for Seaside: Demolish buildings, spend $7.1 million on “passive park”

A plan for Seaside State Park will include “the removal of the deteriorated buildings,” the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said Wednesday in its announcement that the state has committed $7.1 million to implement a “passive park” design using federal American Rescue Plan Act dollars. The plan will also include new restrooms and […]

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Groundbreaking held for Great Wolf Lodge at Foxwoods

Joined by Gov. Ned Lamont, Mashantucket tribal leaders, Foxwoods officials and local dignitaries, Great Wolf Resorts executives officially broke ground Wednesday for the $300 million indoor water park resort that’s about to rise adjacent to Foxwoods on 13 acres of Mashantucket-owned land off Foxwoods Boulevard. Lamont thanked Chicago-based Great Wolf for showing “confidence in the […]

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Middletown garage to add 600 more spaces to accommodate increased development downtown

If all goes well, city officials are hoping to break ground on a sorely needed, multilevel municipal parking garage downtown sometime this spring. The delay in announcing the developer selected for the garage project mostly is due to staffing challenges in the office of Economic and Community Development, as well as behind-the-scenes activity, including negotiations, […]

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With no public opposition, Bloomfield gives Fine Fettle OK for a 46,000-square-foot cannabis-growing center

Bloomfield’s planning and zoning commission unanimously approved a nearly 46,000-square-foot cultivation center Thursday night, with members mostly complimenting Fine Fettle for planning to build it. Fine Fettle Chief Operating Officer Benjamin Zachs quickly did away with two common objections to indoor marijuana farms: The risk of offensive odors to neighbors, and the possibility of future […]

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CT commissioner grilled about school construction audit

Michelle Gilman, who was nominated for a full term as commissioner of the state Department of Administrative Services, was grilled Tuesday by lawmakers who are unsatisfied with a recent audit of the state’s controversial school construction program. On Tuesday, she was questioned by lawmakers on the Executive and Legislative Nominations Committee during her nomination hearing […]

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2 virtual meetings will discuss Mixmaster’s future

The state Department of Transportation is once again seeking the public’s input on The New Mix Program, which will address the long-term needs of Waterbury’s Interstate 84/Route 8 interchange. There will be two virtual meetings today: one at noon and the other at 6 p.m. Those interested in participating and listening to the meetings can […]

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New Connecticut economic development chief faces headwinds

Alexandra Daum, Gov. Ned Lamont’s nominee to lead the Department of Economic and Community Development, told lawmakers at her confirmation hearing last Thursday that growth will be her top priority — a now-familiar refrain from the governor’s office. The threat of a recession looms this year, as the Federal Reserve continues to raise interest rates […]

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