Development

Vacant No More: How Connecticut Is Investing in Abandoned Properties

Across Connecticut, abandoned sites are being built back up. It’s complicated and expensive work, but in recent years, the state has put millions of dollars towards breathing new life into the long-forgotten spaces of the industrial era.
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State Council on Climate Change Meets; Natural Gas Pipeline Projects Expand

White House officials hosted 13 of the largest companies from across the American economy on Monday to discuss ways business can help reduce America’s greenhouse gas emissions 26 percent over the next ten years.
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UTC

The executive in charge of United Technologies Corp's building systems business, Geraud Darnis, is leaving the company in the latest management change under new CEO Greg Hayes. As president of UTC Building & Industrial Systems, Darnis has been overseeing divisions including include Otis elevators and Carrier climate control systems. The 55 year old Darnis will retire in January, after a more than 30-year career at the company. The news comes less than a week after UTC cut its 2015 profit outlook for the third time this year.

GE Doubling Down on Energy Storage

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Hartford's Democrats endorsed Luke Bronin to be their mayoral candidate Monday night, but only after Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra declined the nomination, stormed out of the convention, and told his supporters they'd take their fight to the street. 

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Funeral services were held Monday for Gunnery Sergeant Thomas Sullivan, the Marine from Springfield who was killed by a gunman in Chattanooga, Tennessee, earlier this month. Outside the church where the Mass was held, the community continued to show its support for the Sullivan family.

During a meeting with all 27 members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization on Tuesday, Turkey said it wanted to give the members a heads up that at some point it may need their help fighting against the self-declared Islamic State.

Turkey called a rare Article 4 meeting of the NATO allies after it began an air campaign against ISIS targets in Syria.

Hartford’s Democrats hadn’t even started their meeting to pick candidates for the fall, and the yelling had already begun.

And it was all about Franchesca Roldan.

It's official. The 2024 Olympic Games will not take place in Boston.

The Associated Press reports that the U.S. Olympic Committee "severed ties" with Boston on Monday. In a statement, Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh said, "I strongly believe that bringing the Olympic Games back to the United States would be good for our country and would have brought long-term benefits to Boston." He continued, "However, no benefit is so great that it is worth handing over the financial future of our City and our citizens were rightly hesitant to be supportive as a result."

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The average worker in Connecticut cannot afford rent on a two-bedroom apartment, according to a new study by the National Low Income Housing Coalition. A renter must earn $24.29 an hour to afford a two-bedroom in Connecticut according to the NLIHC’s Out of Reach report.

The state of Vermont and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission don't always see eye to eye. The state and the feds disagreed over the future of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant when the Vernon reactor was operating. And now that the plant is shut down, the state has challenged the federal agency over emergency planning and decommissioning.

Connecticut Wildlife Plan Available for Public Comment

Jul 27, 2015
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Connecticut's 2015 draft Wildlife Action Plan, which outlines future wildlife conservation efforts in the state, is available for public review.

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection will accept comment on the document through August 21.

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The newly elected chairwoman of the Eastern Pequot Tribe says they will never abandon their quest to receive federal recognition.

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