State Economic Development Chief to Meet with Sen. Kissel, Local Enfield Officials

February 13, 2008

Commissioner to work with local officials to make town more economically competitive

Following a personal discussion on Wednesday, February 6th with State Sen. John A. Kissel, R-Enfield, State Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) Commissioner Joan McDonald is offering to formally meet with Sen. Kissel and local officials to strategize on how the Town of Enfield and surrounding communities can stay economically competitive.

In a letter sent on Monday, February 11th, Commissioner McDonald thanked Sen. Kissel for offering to facilitate a meeting on a date yet to be determined (copy of letter attached). The commissioner stated that a meeting to put ideas together and discuss how the town might best offset some recent layoffs would be a great step.

“I am very grateful that Commissioner McDonald has agreed to come up to Enfield and meet with us,” said Sen. Kissel. “I think a strategy session is exactly what we need right now. There are a lot of proposals currently on the table. I look forward to meeting with Commissioner McDonald and our local officials to begin discussions as to how we can make Enfield and North Central Connecticut more economically attractive. Its my hope that we can also open this meeting up to the public so that everyone can get involved in generating new ideas to grow our economy.”

In addition to setting up this meeting with Commissioner McDonald, Sen. Kissel will be hosting a small business forum to discuss 2008 legislative business proposals with area business leaders. The event is scheduled for Feb. 28 at 8:30 a.m., at the Enfield Public Library.