It's time the state and local communities in the area take advantage of Bradley International Airport.
Members of two key legislative committees said Monday that lawmakers should pass, and the governor sign, a bill that would strengthen the powers of the airport's Board of Directors. And out of that, they say, would come the creation of an economic development zone in the four towns located near the airport, Suffield, East Granby, Windsor, and Windsor Locks.
Senator Gary LeBeau (D) of East Hartford said this is the kind of legislation we should be enacting right now, that it lays the groundwork for a future economic rebound.
He said the development zone would attract businesses like light industrial companies, hotels, distribution warehouses, and aerospace firms. And this, he said, would make Bradley International Airport the economic driver for the state of Connecticut that it should be.
The four towns say there are more than two-thousand acres, several million acres of square feet, that could be developed for the special economic zone. They say the growth would provide important tax revenues to local communities and the Stare of Connecticut.
The bill has already cleared five committees and could be before the Senate later this week.