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DODD, LIEBERMAN AND LARSON ANNOUNCE $21 MILLION TO CREATE NATIONAL CENTER FOR AEROSPACE LEADERSHIP I

October 27, 2004
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 27, 2004

DODD, LIEBERMAN AND LARSON ANNOUNCE $21 MILLION TO CREATE NATIONAL CENTER FOR AEROSPACE LEADERSHIP IN CT

EAST HARTFORD- U.S. Senators Christopher J. Dodd, Joseph I. Lieberman and Congressman John B. Larson today announced that the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT) has been awarded $21 million in federal funding to create the National Center for Aerospace Leadership (NCAL) in Connecticut. The state has been chosen to take the lead in addressing the nation's need to maintain global leadership in the engineering and manufacturing of advanced propulsion and power systems. The center will focus on future technological advancements necessary to aid the region's aerospace, aviation and defense manufacturing industries with the goal of providing new opportunities for industry and expanding job growth. The funding will be used for eventual construction of a facility as well as for programming within CCAT.

The effort will be a partnership between U.S. industry, academic and government teams from Connecticut, Ohio and Pennsylvania. The announcement was made at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, where CCAT's research and laboratory space is located.

"Connecticut workers are already propelling our nation's aerospace industry forward.  This initiative will help further fuel their efforts," said Dodd.  "By connecting the best and the brightest in our aerospace industry at every level, we can help ensure a stronger national aerospace industrial base and a stronger economic foundation in Connecticut."

"This grant is a tremendous development for Connecticut, one that gives our firms a competitive edge in the highly dynamic aerospace marketplace, which is so critical to our economy," said Lieberman.  "Connecticut's manufacturing sector has been hard hit recently. Over the last year, our state lost 2,000 manufacturing jobs, and 26,400 over the last 43 months.  The National Center for Aerospace Leadership has the potential to help turn the tide on these job losses. When fully developed, this new center could lead to innovations and technologies that could create as many as 8000 new jobs."

"This funding represents the groundwork for Connecticut's economic future," said Larson. "We must maintain our technological edge in aerospace innovation and manufacturing because it is the key to our economy. The funding announced today will help us accomplish that by creating what will be a center of excellence for advanced aerospace technological research and development. The innovations that are produced through the partnership between industry, academia and government will reinvigorate our industries and help build the aerospace and defense workforce of tomorrow. I am grateful to both Senators Dodd and Lieberman as well as Governor Jodi Rell for her vision and forward thinking approach to economic growth and I look forward to working together with them as this effort moves forward."