Southern New England Regional Commission Act Included in Defense Spending Package

Southern New England Regional Commission Act Included in Defense Spending Package

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Fri, 07/15/2022 - 14:29

WASHINGTON, DC – The Southern New England Regional Commission Act, legislation to establish a regional commission encompassing Rhode Island and surrounding counties in Massachusetts and Connecticut, passed the House Thursday evening as part of the defense spending package for Fiscal Year 2023. The Southern New England Regional Commission Act will allow jurisdictions at different levels to work together to leverage federal support to strengthen the area’s economy.
 
“As we continue our economic recovery in a way that builds an economy that works for everyone, let’s not forget a fundamental lesson of the COVID-19 pandemic. Problems do not end at state borders. When local, state, and federal governments work together across state lines, we are able to tackle problems that affect us all,” said Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01), sponsor of H.R. 2134. “The Southern New England Regional Commission will provide federal funds to build on our regional strengths and allow us to fully harness the region’s potential to support good-paying jobs and economic growth,”
 
“Establishing this long overdue Commission will create a framework to leverage our region’s shared economic strengths to stimulate inclusive growth throughout New England,” said Rep. Jim Langevin (RI-02). “As a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, I’m proud to join my New England colleagues in supporting Rep. Cicilline’s amendment, which will drive targeted investment and unleash economic development in maritime manufacturing, defense, clean energy, and so much more.”
 
“The First Congressional District is fortunate to have strong community partners in both the public and private sectors that generate millions of dollars in economic activity. The inclusion of the Southern New England Regional Commission Act in the FY23 NDAA will further stimulate job growth and economic development in communities across central and western Massachusetts. That is why I was proud to cosponsor this amendment,” said Congressman Richard E. Neal (MA-01).
 
"The establishment of the Southern New England Commission represents a step forward for the economies of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut," said Congressman Bill Keating (MA-09). "Our region is already an international hub for the blue maritime economy, and the SNEC will enable our states to grow the blue economy and work together to highlight that Southern New England is open for business."
 
“Establishing a New England Regional Commission will bring Connecticut together with Rhode Island and Massachusetts to invest in economic improvements from defense to maritime manufacturing. I’m honored to join my colleagues from neighboring states to strengthen our local economies and infrastructure with federal dollars we will fight for in Washington,” said Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01).
 
“Representative Cicilline’s legislation will turbo-charge economic growth in our region by integrating all of our unique areas of excellence, such as undersea technology, health care, clean energy, and financial services,” said Rep. Joe Courtney (CT-02). “A Regional Commission will maximize both public and private investment that guarantees our region will succeed and prosper. I was proud to join his effort as a co-sponsor.”
 
Background
Federal regional commissions and authorities address perceived regional economic underdevelopment. These organizations generally accommodate multileveled and multijurisdictional participation and implementation, which Congress can utilize to address the growing interest in broad-based and intensive economic development efforts.
 
This legislation will establish a regional commission covering Rhode Island and surrounding counties in Massachusetts and Connecticut for purposes of promoting economic development in renewable energy, defense manufacturing, the maritime economy, infrastructure, and job training, among others. The legislation will allow jurisdictions at different levels to work together with federal support to strengthen the area’s economy.
 
The Southern New England Regional Commission would be similar to the Northern Border Regional Commission, which was created in 2008 to alleviate economic distress in northern Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and New York. Administrative costs of implementing a strategic plan to modernize infrastructure, create jobs, and prepare for and capitalize on shifting economic trends are shared equally between the states and the federal government, while activities are federally funded. The Northern Border Regional Commission received an appropriation of $35 million in Fiscal Year 2022.
 

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