FARMINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) -- The Governor is asking state lawmakers to approve another $200 million to attract more bio-science research to Connecticut.
At the ceremonial ground breaking for the $291 million Jackson Labs project Thursday, the Governor announced that despite the state's budget problems he's asking the legislature to approve another $200 million in borrowing to attract more scientific research.
"It's for the purpose of making investments in bio-science and bringing what bio-science does best to Connecticut and that's create jobs," said Governor Malloy.
The Jackson Labs building is expected to be completed and open by the fall of 2014 and be in the forefront of Genomic Medicine.
The real shovels are already working on the Jackson Labs building, as well as expanding the hospital and research facilities at the UConn Health Center Complex, a nearly billion dollar state taxpayer investment.
The company already has 29 highly skilled researchers working in temporary quarters on the health center campus. Eventually 300 researchers will work in the new building.
23-year-old Paul Smith, who grew up in East Haven and is now working in research with a company outside Boston, says it's money well spent.
"This is an incredible investment that Connecticut is making in the youths' future and just for the economy as a whole," said Smith.
While in school, Smith worked for two years at the Jackson Labs research facility in Maine.
"My experience with Jackson directly prepared me to work as a professional in the bio-medical sciences literally weeks out of college, I had a job and I was working in drug discovery," Smith said.
Smith made it a point to say hello to Jackson Labs' world famous CEO Dr. Edison Liu, perhaps planting a seed about someday working in Farmington.
"That's definitely what my parents are pushing for," Smith said, "there's a lot of bio-medicine happening all over the world, but it would be nice to come back home," Smith said.
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jprog7 | January 22 2013 10:38am
Whoa, balancing the budgets and reducing taxes makes too much sense. Progressives prefer to cut breaks to those that "they" approve of, creating new "special interests."
The worst waste of funds still has to be the bus route from New Britain to Hartford.
I can say personally, it is time to vote with my feet, and my productive labor. Contacting and voicing my opinion to our elected representatives barely even elicited a response.
Hosed-by-the-system | January 18 2013 8:47am
lets see.......budgets that come from never-never land......its simple math....there isnt enough money than can be gotten out there to fund this crap in this state...BUT continue to give breaks like this.....beautiful....
RalphJDeStefano | January 17 2013 5:34pm
Instead of bribing Co. to come to this state with our money try balancing the budget and lowering taxes and they will want to come to this state and then you would"nt have to spend 200 mil. of our tax money to coax Co. to come hear , Gee what a concept and keep up with the tax and spend agenda and people will be leaving this state in droves!
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