Oxford Airport, small biz to benefit from Jobs Bill, area legislators say

October 26, 2011

State Senator Rob Kane (R-Watertown) and area state representatives today applauded the inclusion of language into the bipartisan Jobs Bill which will allow the Connecticut Airport Authority (CAA) to establish new airport development zones.

“This language sets the table for the creation of the Oxford Airport development zone, and that’s good news for small business growth in Oxford, Southbury and Middlebury,” Kane said. “What we are doing is enabling Oxford Airport to take flight. Our persistence is paying off, and this marks a new, promising beginning for the airport. The sky’s the limit for this area.”

State Rep. Arthur O’Neill (R- Southbury) said the bill’s passage lays the groundwork for future growth.

“Today’s bipartisan action shows we are serious about helping small businesses thrive in Connecticut,” O’Neill said. “It sends the right message, it shows that government is listening, and it marks a victory for our towns.”

State Rep. David Labriola (R- Oxford, Naugatuck, Southbury) said that an Oxford Airport development zone will spur the area economy. “When we take job creating steps like this, we move our region and our state in the right direction. This zone is exactly the type of economic growth initiative that we need in our community.”

State Rep. Tony D’Amelio (R-Waterbury, Middlebury) said that Oxford Airport’s potential will be tapped by the creation of the zone. “With the struggling economy, this new airport zone will give a much needed boost to hurting area businesses. Everyone benefits from the creation of this development zone.”