Weekly Update & Local Happenings: November 4

November 4, 2022

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Dear Neighbor, 

Join me in a big "Shout It Out" to our October Students of the Month: 

  • Gerson Gonzalez De Leon - Pre-K, Early Childhood Center at B.P. Mission
  • Adeline Safari - 2nd Grade, Winthrop STEM Elementary Magnet School 
  • Keyrangelys Rolon Zorrilla - Kindergarten, Harbor Elementary School
  • Amelie Kydd - 8th Grade, Bennie Dover Jacksom Multi-Magnet Middle School
  • Clara Drinkwater - 4th Grade, Nathan Hale Arts Magnet School
  • Nehemias Morales - C.B. Jennings International Elementary Magnet School
  • Weicai (Andy) He - New London Adult & Continuing Education
Students of the Month were recognized for their achievements at the most recent Board of Education meeting this week. We are so proud of each and everyone of our students!
Visit to the New London Senior Center
On Monday, I had the privilege to visit the New London Senior Center with Congressman Joe Courtney and Mayor Michael Passero. We had great discussion about the needs of Seniors in our community.
Offshore Wind Update & Mini Expo
I had a great time serving as moderator of the Eastern Connecticut Chamber of Commerce's Offshore Wind Update and Mini Expo! With the support of a talented and experienced panel, we had an insightful conversation on how the industry is growing in Connecticut. 
Thank you to Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut President Toni Sheridan and U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal for joining us along with great speaker's including: Ulysses Hammond, Interim Executive Director, CT Port Authority, Tony Appleton, Director of Offshore Wind, Burns & McDonnell, Kristin Kelleher, Stakeholder Engagement Manager Beacon Wind, Equinor, Ray Collins, Government Affairs & Community Relations, Eversource, and Nicole Verdi, Senior Manager of Government Affairs & Policy, New England, Orsted. 

You can watch the event here

Visit to Construction Site of an Industrial Marine Complex
Big thanks and congratulations to Mohawk Northeast for a U.S. Department of Transportation grant totaling $7 million to help fund the construction of a $18.5 million industrial marine complex along the banks of the Thames River, next to Riverside Park. 

The money will benefit Mohawk Northeast, a heavy construction and engineering company with a marine services division based in Groton, which intends to build a marine terminal and metal fabrication facility just north of the Gold Star Memorial Bridge in New London.

Special shout out to US. Rep. Joe Courtney, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Mohawk Northeast President Allan Heinke and Vice President David Schill, Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut President Tony Sheridan and New London Mayor Michael Passero.

Conn. College Men's Soccer Head to the NESCAC Semifinal
We're also sending a big "Shout It Out" to Connecticut College athlete, Peter Silvester, and the entire Men's Soccer Team! They did it AGAIN, stopping not one - but three penalty kicks - to lead Conn. College Men’s Soccer over Bowdoin and on to the NESCAC semifinals!

Way to go y'all! Congratulations!

Access Health CT Enrollment Fair
The 2023 Access Health CT Open Enrollment Period is running now through January 15. For coverage effective January 1, you must enroll by December 15.

There will be an Enrollment Fair on Thursday, November 10 from 5PM-8PM at OIC in New London (106 Truman Street). During these free, in-person enrollment events, individuals who are new to Access Health CT will be able to have any questions on enrolling answered and find out if you are eligible.

For existing customers of Access Health CT, you can review your information and get help to update your application at this event.

To make these in-person session more successful, please be prepared with the following from Access Health CT's Enrollment Checklist
  • Dates of Birth
  • Social Security numbers
  • Visa, green card or immigration documents
  • Most recent W2 and/or Form 1040, Form 1099
  • Current insurance coverage
  • Paystubs, Profit & Loss statements, or other employment information to confirm income for everyone in your tax household

Be sure to have this information for yourself and anyone in your household applying for coverage.

If you can't make the enrollment fair, help is also available by visiting AccessHealthCT.com or calling Access Health CT at 1-855-805-4325. If you are deaf or hearing impaired, you may use the TTY at 1-855-789-2428 or contact us with a relay operator.

Questions on registering for event? Contact Outreach@AccessHealthCT.com

Childcare Openings at Shiloh New London
Looking to enroll your 3 or 4 year old in preschool? Shiloh New London currently has openings in their Childworks Preschool! Call (860) 443-6046, ext. 110 for more information. 
$46.6 Million to Support Small Business Growth
The state has announced a five-year, $46.6 million investment to expand small business assistance programs across Connecticut, specifically supporting small business owners who may have previously experienced barriers to accessing financial support.This initiative will also support startup businesses, which is great news for our economy.
At least 50% of the investment will fund underserved businesses such as minority, women, disabled, veteran owned companies, and residents in distressed municipalities. This initiative will also support startup businesses.The following local nonprofit economic development organizations that support small businesses' formation, growth, and innovation, will manage the funding.
The grant recipients are:
  • Black Business Alliance ($2.7 million)
  • The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven ($7.2 million)
  • Girls for Technology ($5 million)
  • Hartford Economic Development Corporation (HEDCO) and Spanish American Merchants Association (SAMA) ($7.7 million)
  • Middlesex County Revitalization Commission ($1.5 million)
  • Minority Construction Council (MCC) ($1 million)
  • Social Enterprise Trust, Inc. DBA reSET ($2.225 million)
  • Southeastern Connecticut Enterprise Region Corporation (SECTER), ($4.5 million)
  • Realist Lab ($5 million)
Women’s Business Development Council (WBDC) ($9.8 million)
These grants will strengthen Connecticut’s small business ecosystem and fuel economic growth across the state. You can learn more here.
CT Receives $13.9 Million to Increase Competitive Employment for Individuals with Disabilities
On Monday, Governor Ned Lamont announced that the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services, a division of the Connecticut Department of Aging and Disability Services, has been awarded a $13.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Rehabilitation Services Administration through its Subminimum Wage to Competitive Integrated Employment project, which is designed to decrease the use of subminimum wages and increase access to competitive integrated employment for individuals with disabilities.
Nov. 14-20: National Apprenticeship Week
On behalf of the U.S. Department of Labor’s, Employment and Training Administration (ETA), it’s my pleasure to invite you to celebrate the 8th Annual National Apprenticeship Week (NAW), which will take place November 14-20. As you may know, NAW is a nationwide celebration where industry, labor, workforce, education, and government leaders host events to showcase the successes and value of Registered Apprenticeship for re-building our economy, advancing racial and gender equity, and supporting underserved communities.
During NAW 2022, the U.S. Department of Labor will highlight the following key themes: growing our economy, advancing racial and gender equity, and supporting underserved communities. The week will also feature daily themes as follows:
  • Monday, Nov. 14: Registered Apprenticeship in New and Emerging Industries
  • Tuesday, Nov. 15: Pre-Apprenticeship and Youth Apprenticeship
  • Wednesday, Nov. 16: Expanding Registered Apprenticeship to Underserved Populations
  • Thursday, Nov. 17: Women in Apprenticeship
  • Friday, Nov. 18: Public Service Apprenticeships and Veterans in Apprenticeship

To make sure your event is highlighted on our website, please email your NAW pictures, videos, proclamations, and articles to NationalApprenticeshipWeek@dol.gov and use the hashtag #NAW2022 on social media posts.

Community Investment Fund 2030 Board Announces Funding Availability for Round 2
The Community Investment Fund 2030 Board and Co-Chairs have announced funding availability for Round 2 applications are due on Friday January 6, 2023 at 4PM.

DECD will hold an informational webinar on Thursday November 12 at 12PM. All webinars will be recorded and posted on the CIF website following the event.

The Community Investment Fund 2030 (CIF) will foster economic development in historically underserved communities across the state. CIF will provide a total of up to $875 million to eligible municipalities as well as not-for-profit organizations and community development corporations that operate within them.

Grants are available for:

  • Capital improvement programs, such as brownfield remediation, affordable housing, infrastructure, clean energy development, and home or public facility rehabilitation
  • Small business capital programs, including revolving or micro loan programs, gap financing, and start-up funds to establish small businesses

For more information, click here

If you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact me at my Capitol office at 860-240-8512 or email me at Anthony.Nolan@cga.ct.gov. Don't forget to "Like" my official Facebook page and follow me on Twitter for news and legislative updates.

Anthony Nolan
State Representative

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