NEWS RELEASE: Governor Lamont Announces Launch of A Cutting-Edge Website Showcasing Connecticut State Parks

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Governor Lamont Announces Launch of A Cutting-Edge Website Showcasing Connecticut State Parks

(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont today announced the launch of, the new official website for Connecticut State Parks. The website offers visitors with an innovative online platform showcasing Connecticut State Parks in a more exciting, user-friendly way to help them engage with, learn about, and access state parks and the areas around them.

Connecticut has enjoyed a remarkable surge in outdoor recreation in recent years, initially spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic and continuing in line with a nationwide shift toward healthier lifestyles, increased environmental awareness, and a desire for outdoor experiences. From hiking and camping to biking and fishing, Americans increasingly are investing their time and money in outdoor activities and creating substantial economic benefits. This new website was funded through an American Rescue Plan Act grant via the U.S. Economic Development Administration.

“Connecticut State Parks are a huge part of our state’s quality of life and a big reason why people are choosing to move to Connecticut, and we want to make sure people have all of the information they need to visit them,” Governor Lamont said. “These beautiful places, which offer residents and visitors an unparalleled recreation experience and provide significant economic benefits to our cities and towns, deserve a website befitting their value. is the latest way we’re helping to connect residents with their Connecticut State Parks.”

Connecticut is home to a magnificent array of state parks, cherished for their natural beauty and diverse recreational offerings. With 142 state parks and forests, and a network of more than 2,500 miles of scenic trails, these stunning natural landscapes offer something for everyone. Connecticut State Parks continue to rank among the top regional tourist destinations and play a significant role in the state’s tourism sector and local economy. Last year, the state welcomed a staggering 17 million visitors to Connecticut State Parks. People outside of Connecticut are taking notice too – earlier this year, a travel blog designated Connecticut the best state in the country for hiking.

The Connecticut State Parks system is administered and maintained by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP).

“Connecticut residents have been discovering and re-discovering their state parks over the last several years, unlocking the physical and mental health benefits outdoor recreation provides,” DEEP Commissioner Katie Dykes said. “Restoring and providing access to our state parks has been a priority of the Lamont administration, and we’re proud to continue to showcase our state’s tremendous natural resources. We hope you’ll enjoy using this new website to learn about the different state parks, find a hiking trail, and even find out about other great things to do in the area. The new ‘While You Are Here’ sections can point you to a great restaurant, shop, or attraction after spending a few hours in the outdoors.”

DEEP worked closely with the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) to develop the website, recognizing the value of Connecticut State Parks as an important tourism asset.

“Our state parks are an amazing asset that greatly contribute to Connecticut’s unmatched quality of life,” DECD Commissioner Alexandra Daum said. “They also attract millions of visitors whose spending helps drive economic development in our towns and cities. This website is an important new tool to educate out-of-state tourists and residents alike on what our amazing parks have to offer. The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s work on state parks is invaluable and I’m glad we could partner with them on this project to show people across the world more of what makes our state a great place to visit and call home.” offers several exciting features and advancements to enhance visitor experiences and spotlight the splendor and diversity of our state parks system. Among the highlights of this dynamic website are:

  • ParkFinder Tool: Equipped with a user-friendly ParkFinder Tool, visitors can effortlessly discover the perfect state park based on their interests or location. Geo-location technology is seamlessly integrated, enabling users to identify nearby parks based on their current location and filter their search to parks based on their plans for the day or what they are looking to do.
  • Dynamic Park Listings: Each state park enjoys a dedicated dynamic listing page that extensively promotes available activities, events, photography, social media content, and more. These listings provide comprehensive insights into the unique offerings of each park.
  • “While You’re Here” Functionality: Visitors are offered an array of options to extend their stay by exploring nearby restaurants, shops, hotels, and attractions. This feature seamlessly integrates information from, the state’s official tourism website, providing a comprehensive and constantly updated guide for a trip beyond the park.
  • Event Awareness: The new website features an advanced event management system that not only highlights ongoing activities within the parks but also showcases upcoming events, further encouraging visitation and park engagement.
  • User-Generated Content: The website harnesses Instagram content, shared by actual visitors to Connecticut State Parks. This user-generated content authentically represents our parks and the unique experiences they offer.
  • Content Organization: The website is thoughtfully structured around core activities and interests, illuminating facets of state parks of which visitors may not have been aware. This intuitive design provides streamlined access to parks that cater to specific activities, simplifying the process of finding the ideal park to match individual interests.
  • Video-Rich Experience: Site visitors can enjoy a video-rich environment that showcases a curated selection of more than 20 state park feature videos. These immersive visuals provide a captivating introduction to the natural wonders and recreational opportunities found within Connecticut State Parks and offer a glimpse to visitors of what to expect before they get there.
  • Multi-Language Support: In line with the state’s focus on inclusivity, the website offers multi-language support to ensure that Spanish-speaking visitors can enjoy a translated experience.
  • ADA Compliance: Ensuring accessibility for all, the website is ADA compliant, featuring essential tools, readers, and navigational support to assist visitors with unique accessibility needs, ensuring that everyone can access information.

For more information and to explore the new Connecticut State Parks website, visit


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Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) Launches Survey to Improve Mobility in Waterbury – Your Input Matters

The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) has embarked on a mission to understand the concerns and needs of Waterbury residents, visitors, and those employed in the city regarding walking, rolling, biking, and public transit. The New Mix Mobility Equity survey aims to gauge safety, convenience, reliability, and accessibility of these modes of transportation. Honest and thorough input is crucial in shaping the future mobility in the city.

By completing the survey, participants not only contribute to improving Waterbury’s transportation network but also gain immediate benefits:

  • Free Two-Hour CT Transit Bus Pass: As appreciation, survey participants will receive a complimentary two-hour CT Transit bus pass.
  • Chance to Win a $100 Visa Gift Card: Sharing thoughts in the survey enters participants into a drawing for a chance to win a $100 Visa gift card.

To have your voices heard and be part of the change, the survey link is available here: Take the Survey.

The survey is available in both hard copy and electronically. To request a hard copy survey, please contact New Mix Waterbury at 203-805-8018 or email

For more information about this initiative and its potential impact on mobility in Waterbury, please visit:  About Mobility Equity.

PRESS RELEASE: Middlebury Announces Compost and Herb Giveaway Event to Promote Trash Reduction Pilot

Contact: Thomas Dougherty, NVCOG | 203-725-3096 

Middlebury Announces Compost and Herb Giveaway Event to Promote Trash Reduction Pilot

Middlebury, CT – The Town of Middlebury, with support from the Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments (NVCOG), will host a Compost & Herb Giveaway for Middlebury’s Trash Reduction Pilot participants. This event will be held at the Middlebury Transfer Station located at 1 Service Rd, Middlebury, CT 06762 on Saturday October 7th from 10am – 1pm.  The giveaway includes a free biodegradable peat pot, your choice of herb, and compost. 

Middlebury’s Trash Reduction Pilot’s effort to reduce trash and divert organics, began on July 1st for Transfer Station users, and is funded by the Sustainable Materials Management Grants Program from the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. 

Current pilot participants and Transfer Station users who wish to participate in the pilot are invited to stop by this giveaway and see how their trash reduction efforts are delivering positive outcomes. The compost used to grow the herbs will be provided by Quantum Biopower in Southington, the anerobic digestion facility that pilot participant food scraps are sent to.  

Middlebury’s pilot involves the distribution of free trash bags (orange) and food scrap bags (green) to Transfer Station users. Residents are asked to dispose of green food scrap bags in a “food waste” container located at the Transfer Station and dispose of their orange trash bags in the usual dumpster.  The initial year’s supply of bags will be available at the Middlebury Transfer Station if you have not already received yours. A broad base of support for these programs among community organizations across the state shows promise for solving CT’s waste crisis.  

People Behind the Plans: Spotlight on NVCOG’s Summer Land Use Fellow Emily Bigl

Exploring Passions & Insights

Introducing “People Behind the Plans,” our new feature where we spotlight the dedicated planners, administrators, and land use staff shaping our region. Discover their insights, stories, and the heart they bring into our community!

Meet Emily Bigl. Emily has a background in Environmental Studies and Geographic Information Science from UConn. Emily joined the NVCOG during the summer and will be leaving her mark as a Land Use Fellow. Read on for a glimpse into Emily’s unique journey and contributions to regional planning. 

A Conversation with Emily Bigl

Q: Tell me about your role as a Land Use Fellow

Hi! I’m Emily, I’ve been working this summer with the Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments as a Land Use Fellow. My background is in Environmental Studies and Geographic Information Science. One of the many things I love about this career path is that it allows me to collaborate with so many different people from various backgrounds.

Here at NVCOG, I support the Community Planning Division in a variety of land use initiatives such as outreach, regulation analysis, and coordinating land use training for commissioners in our region.

Q: What sparked your interest in land use and planning?

While my background is not in land use and planning, I developed an interest in the field during a summer fellowship I completed with Sustainable CT in 2022.

During that fellowship, I was able to apply my environmental knowledge to the real world while helping cities and towns become more environmentally conscious. Town planners and commissioners were a significant portion of the demographic I collaborated with during my time at Sustainable CT, so I was able to gain a deeper understanding of the symbiotic relationship between land use and sustainability.

Q: What are some projects or initiatives you’ve been involved in during your time as a Land Use Fellow?

During my time as a Land Use Fellow, I had the privilege of being involved in several impactful projects and initiatives. One notable endeavor was the coordination of the upcoming Land Use Training program. This program serves as an opportunity for commissioners in our region to attend training sessions for free and obtain certification designed to satisfy the requirements of CGS Sec. 8-4c.

My role extended to various aspects of the program. I coordinated outreach efforts, engaging with commissioners and stakeholders to raise awareness about the training and its benefits. Additionally, I contributed to projects on the communication and design fronts, ensuring that the training materials were clear and engaging. By facilitating accessible and high-quality training for land use commissioners, we are not only contributing  to their professional development but also raising the overall standard of planning practices in the region.

Q: Could you provide an example of how your work as a Land Use fellow involved collaboration and connections within the region? 

One example that highlights the collaboration and connections within the region during my time as a Land Use Fellow involves a special connection I had with a city planner in our region. This city planner had been my professor in the past and had even written me letters of recommendation. Over the summer, he graciously invited me for a tour of city hall where he walked me through various projects and initiatives he was leading. It was a great opportunity to see the practical applications of the concepts he had taught me during my studies. The exchanging of knowledge and support through connections like these not only enhances great relationships, but it also can lead to more effective and holistic approaches to regional land use planning.

Q: Can you share any standout insights from your time in this role?

Regional land use planning, akin to environmental studies and sustainability, embodies a proactive approach to harmonizing development with the wellbeing of both local and neighboring communities. Just as sustainable practices aim to balance resource use and ecological preservation, regional planning seeks to strike a balance between growth in one area and its potential impact on surrounding municipalities. By fostering cooperation and considering the interconnectedness of ecosystems, economies, and social structures, these disciplines align in their pursuit of a holistic and enduring approach to shaping our built environment while safeguarding the broader societal context.

Q: How has this experience prepared you for feature endeavors?

NVCOG is an organization staffed with professionals who truly care about the wellbeing of their region. Seeing firsthand how genuine relationships between NVCOG staff and municipal staff are formed and maintained has been something I will always value and apply to future professional relationships. One of the lessons drawn from my experience over the summer is that challenges should not be interpreted as roadblocks or barriers, but rather as opportunities to innovate and collaborate. I think these lessons and interpersonal awareness will carry me far, not only in my professional career, but in my personal life as well.

Q: What message would you like to share with your fellow land use professionals and colleagues?

As I embark on the next chapter of my journey, I’d like to convey my deep gratitude to my colleagues and fellow land use professionals in NVCOG for giving me the opportunity to not only expand my understanding of regional planning and apply it in practice, but also build meaningful relationships along the way.

The collective efforts of all NVCOG divisions have shaped landscapes and communities, leaving lasting impacts that benefit the region immensely, and I’ve been able to experience that firsthand. I would like to thank NVCOG for fostering an environment of mutual learning and for supporting my growth in the land use field. I truly had a wonderful summer at NVCOG, and I wish all the best for my colleagues.

NEWS RELEASE: Governor Lamont Announces Purchase of 60 New Rail Cars To Modernize Commuter Rail Lines

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Governor Lamont Announces Purchase of 60 New Rail Cars To Modernize Commuter Rail Lines

(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont today announced that the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) is purchasing 60 new rail cars that will be used on the state’s commuter rail lines as part of its ongoing rail car-renewal program.

CTDOT has entered into a contract with Alstom for the single-level rail coach cars, which are valued at $315 million. Delivery of the first cars is expected in 2026. The cars will be prioritized for use on the Hartford Line, as well as the branches of the New Haven Line.

“Having a modernized transit system with safe, comfortable, and convenient access to work, home, and fun is essential to attracting the kind of businesses and workforce talent we need to grow good-paying jobs and remain economically competitive,” Governor Lamont said. “Connecticut is the home of the busiest rail line in the nation, and the purchase of these new rail cars continues our efforts to deliver better and more reliable service for commuters.”

The agreement calls for the delivery of 60 fully customized, sustainable, next-generation commuter rail cars, providing customers with safe and comfortable service. The rail cars will have a spacious two-by-two seating configuration and easy access for passengers using mobility aids. The new rail cars will enhance the customer experience with convenient overhead luggage racks, foldable workstation tables, and a bicycle storage area.

There will also be a reliable Wi-Fi connection, real-time information displays, and conveniently located power outlets and USB ports. Additionally, customers will enjoy panoramic balcony-style windows, allowing for the flow of natural sunlight through the car’s interior, giving riders great site views.

“The CTDOT Office of Rail is working hard to upgrade the trip for rail customers across Connecticut,” Connecticut Transportation Commissioner Garrett Eucalitto said. “We know they want more comfortable seats, Wi-Fi access, bike storage, and ADA accessibility, and we’re taking action on those needs with steps like this. We’re pleased to partner with Alstom on the order of this next generation of rail cars. This order is part of our ongoing capital program to purchase new rail cars and improve the customer experience.”

“We are proud to be a part of this exciting new chapter for CTDOT and the people of Connecticut,” Michael Keroullé, president of Alstom Americas, said. “We look forward to further building upon our relationship with CTDOT by providing extensive expertise ranging from passenger ergonomics, experience, and comfort to operational considerations and optimized maintenance practices for years to come.”

Each stainless steel 85-foot-long rail car will be designed for continuous operation of up to 24 hours and 1,200 miles daily and will have at least a 40-year design life. The rail car is based on the Adessia rail car produced by Alstom. It will be custom designed to meet Federal Railroad Administration requirements and tailored for CTDOT. The final design will ultimately be a unique rail car specific for Connecticut riders.

The order of 60 new rail cars follows a recent order of six new dual-mode locomotives, as the state’s rail equipment continues to be upgraded. Dual-mode locomotives can be powered through an electric supply or onboard diesel engine, which improves reliability, and the equipment can operate in electric mode, which reduces emissions.

The agreement with Alstom includes future options for additional rail cars for passenger rail service in Connecticut.

For more information on the CTDOT Customer Experience Action Plan, visit

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FISH with CARE Event – Derby, CT

CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Fisheries Division, in collaboration with The City of Derby and the Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments (NVCOG), will host a “FISH with CARE” Event on August 25th, 2023 from 4:30PM to 7:30PM.

The event will be held at O’Sullivan’s Island Fishing and Viewing Platform located along the Derby Greenway, just past 1 Caroline St. Derby, CT when driving. Come join expert fishing coaches and learn how to get started fishing safely, legally, and successfully!

The CARE program supplies all fishing bait, tackle, and instruction & DEEP Boating Division will be offering paddling instruction and a trial canoe experience – FREE OF CHARGE!

Registration is open at the DEEP Hunting and Fishing Education registration system (Filter by Event Type “FISH with CARE”). A Conservation Identification Number is required for registration. Space is limited to 25 participants so early sign-up is encouraged. Minimum age to participate is 6 years old, and all children are required to have a parent/guardian participate alongside them.

All participants ages 16 and above MUST have a valid 2023 inland fishing license – you can get your license HERE. Anglers under 16 are encouraged to register for a free Youth Fishing Passport (YFP), which supports our very popular Youth Fishing Challenge!

Participants should learn the basics of fishing by completing the CARE program’s self-paced Let’s Go Fishing / Vamos de Pescar online course prior to attending the FISH with CARE event.

PUBLIC NOTICE: Bus Shelter Replacement Project Public Meeting

The Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments will hold a public meeting to discuss the design and construction of bus shelters in Seymour, Derby, and Ansonia.

The public will have an opportunity to comment on and discuss the proposed shelter locations before the project moves into design and construction.

The meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 8, 2023, at the Ansonia Senior Center located at 65 Main Street Ansonia, CT. The presentation will begin at 5:30 PM and a Zoom option is available at

Persons with limited internet access may listen to the meeting by calling +1 929 205 6099.

Language assistance is available to the public at no cost. For language assistance requests contact Desira Blanchard, Communications and Community Engagement Manager with Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments, at or at 203-757-0535.

(PDF) Informational flyer in English

(PDF) Informational flyer in Spanish – Folleto informativo en Español

PRESS RELEASE: NARC 2023 Regional Leadership and Achievement Awards

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Contact: Melissa Lowe | 202.618.6363

The National Association of Regional Councils Presents the 2023 Regional Leadership and Achievement Awards

Detroit, MI (June 15, 2023) – The National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) presented its 2023 Leadership and Achievement Awards on Tuesday, June 6, 2023 during an awards ceremony held at the NARC 57th Annual Conference & Exhibition.

“As President, I am thrilled and overjoyed to congratulate the exceptional award winners,” said NARC President Jennifer Robinson, Council Member of Cary, NC and board member of Triangle J Council of Governments. “Their remarkable achievements not only inspire us all, but also reinforce the boundless potential of our commitment to regionalism. Their dedication, talent, and unwavering commitment to excellence are the true pillars of success.”

Nine projects received 2023 Achievement Awards and six regional leaders received 2023 Leadership Awards. More information about this year’s recipients can be found below.


Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments | Seamless Transit Project
Within the Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments service area, there are eight unique transit agencies that provide public transit service within and across the region. Each agency has its own individual website with corresponding schedules, fares, and service area information. Before this project, each agency was at a different level of implementing transit technology, such as real-time vehicle information and mobile ticketing. Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments coordinated with all eight transit agencies over the course of the project to create a centralized website, a new regional brand, procure GPS hardware and software to enable real-time information for all 60 buses, and pilot mobile ticketing for agencies that desired it.   

Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission | Institute for Livable & Equitable Communities
The Institute for Livable & Equitable Communities at the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission (MVRPC) program has been instrumental in promoting and exemplifying regional excellence by convening critical partners and acting as a central point of coordination for a long-term, multi-faceted effort. 

San Luis Obispo Council of Governments | Transportation Efficiency Analysis
The Transportation Efficiency Analysis is a proactive tool used to identify transportation barriers to housing production. It is changing the way they prioritize project funding and allows them to better compete for funding to implement needed infrastructure projects.

Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization | Broward Vision: The Path to 2100
Vision 2100 (adopted in 2019) is an aspirational vision conceived by the Broward MPO in Florida to help facilitate a paradigm shift from the historical approach to growth, development, and transportation investments and how current solutions to the resulting problems are being outpaced by future needs.

Centralina Regional Council | ARPA Fund Implementation Support Program
The ARPA Fund Implementation Support Program was developed to help communities faced with challenges in making strategic spending decisions for the $800 million in federal funding that came to the Centralina region via ARPA.  

Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning | Illinois International Port Project
The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning’s (CMAP) Illinois International Port District (IIPD) Master Plan is the result of years of effort and collaboration to address a long-identified need for improvements to the region’s port district.

Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency | Towpath Trail
One of the most significant regional projects in Northeast Ohio, as well as Central Ohio, is the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail. This trail runs 101 miles north and south, from its northernmost trailhead in Canal Basin Park in downtown Cleveland to its southernmost trailhead in Canal Lands Park in New Philadelphia in Tuscarawas County, Ohio. The Towpath Trail follows the historic path where mules pulled canal boats laden with passengers and goods up and down the historic Ohio & Erie Canal from 1827 to 1913.  

Sacramento Area Council of Governments | Green Means Go
Green Means Go, a proposed $400 million pilot program, is SACOG’s solution to accelerate infill development by reinvesting in city cores to make it easier to walk, bike and roll to destinations, resulting in lower greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles and addressing California’s housing shortage.

Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council | Regional Resiliency Action Plan
The Regional Resiliency Action Plan is a living document created to address resilience challenges prioritized by intergovernmental and community collaboration and intended to guide action over the next five years. Through the planning process, the planning team engaged stakeholders through online meetings, in-person workshops, and surveys that allowed the document to be shaped to reflect the wide range of expertise and geographic area.



Andrew Gruber: Executive Director, Wasatch Front Regional Council
Under Andrew Gruber’s 13 years of direction, the Wasatch Front Regional Council’s (WFRC) leadership in the region has grown tremendously. Andrew knows that for an MPO to lead, it needs to elevate partnerships.

Mark Policinski: Executive Director, Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments
Mark Policinski is celebrating his 20th year as CEO & Executive Director of the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI). Since his arrival to the agency, Mark has been a recurring member of the 100 Most Powerful Leaders in the Tri-State by Cincy Magazine. Under Mark’s leadership, OKI has become a perennial national model of what a metropolitan planning agency can become to a region.  He has changed the culture of the entire OKI organization, top to bottom, to the benefit of the 2.1 million residents who live and work in the OKI region.


Becky BradleyExecutive Director, Lehigh Valley Planning Commission Executive Director
Becky Bradley is an exemplary leader and planner with a remarkable track record of accomplishments that demonstrate her dedication to creating sustainable, equitable and livable communities. Her achievements have made a significant impact on the Lehigh Valley region and serve as a model for other planners across the nation.   


Gregory StuartExecutive Director, Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization
Gregory Stuart is the executive director of the Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and serves in a number of ways at the local, state, and national level. Mr. Stuart works with tireless dedication to improve the transportation landscape in Broward and the state of Florida and, more often than not, ends up leaving the world in a better state than he found it.  
Rick DunneExecutive Director, Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments
Rick has demonstrated professional and executive management excellence on the local, state, and national level. Rick efforts have established him as a leader and trusted advocate for regional concepts, approaches, and programs. He has devoted decades to serving the public interest through his contributions on the local, regional, state, and federal levels.

Geof BensonFormer Commissioner, Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission
Geof has served actively on the NIRPC Commission for 15 years and was twice elected Chair of Commission, which is an honor granted to only one other NIRPC chair in recent memory. He has developed relationships with NARC members across the country and has always actively brought other NIRPC Commissioners into the NARC fold and onto NARC Board positions and leadership. Geof served as President of the NARC Board in 2019, was chair of the NARC Environment Committee for over 4 years, and served on the NARC Board overall for 11 years.

More information about NARC awards, conferences, and leadership can be found at

A PDF version of the press release can be found here.

About the National Association of Regional Councils  

NARC serves as a national voice for regions by advocating for regional cooperation as the most effective way to address a variety of community planning and development opportunities and issues. NARC’s member organizations are composed of multiple local governments that work together to serve American communities – large and small, urban and rural.

PRESS RELEASE: Governor Lamont Announces $8.8 Million in State Funding To Support 21 Climate Resilience Plans and Project Development Grants

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Governor Lamont Announces $8.8 Million in State Funding To Support 21 Climate Resilience Plans and Project Development Grants

Building Connecticut’s Project Pipeline for Historic Federal Funding Opportunities

(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont today announced that the State of Connecticut is awarding $8.8 million in grants through the inaugural round of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s Climate Resilience Fund (DCRF). These state awards will support 21 innovative climate resilience plans and projects across 17 Connecticut municipalities and councils of governments.

Through the DCRF, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is providing critical planning support to local governments, nonprofits, and others seeking to advance climate resilience projects, with the goal of enabling the recipients to in turn seek federal funding for construction and implementation phases. DEEP is utilizing DCRF funds to catalyze Connecticut’s resilience project pipeline and ensure our communities are competitive for federal resources, which are at historic levels as a result of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the Inflation Reduction Act.

“Connecticut is already playing a leading role in addressing the challenge of climate change because making those investments means healthier people and a healthier environment, as well as new business opportunities,” Governor Lamont said. “Planning for climate resilience requires preserving and protecting what we love about this state so that we can continue to be a great place for families with clean air and water and thriving communities.”

In this first round of funding, more than 90% of the funds will go to vulnerable communities that will feel the effects of climate change first and worst, including 10 municipalities that are designated by state statute as “environmental justice communities.” This funding more than doubles the initial goal set in Governor Lamont’s Executive Order 21-3, which called for the creation of the DCRF and required that at least 40% of funds support vulnerable communities.

“Investing in reducing climate-changing emissions and preparing for future extreme storms and events by building community resilience is critical to Connecticut’s future, particularly for our most vulnerable communities,” DEEP Commissioner Katie Dykes said. “Through this funding, DEEP is providing planning support to municipalities and nonprofits, and building the state’s resilience project pipeline to ensure our communities are well-positioned to compete for the historic federal funding available, that projects get built, and that our communities are better protected from climate-related impacts.”

By 2050, Connecticut is projected to experience stronger storms, longer, more frequent droughts, up to 20 inches of sea level rise along the coast, increased frequency of coastal flooding with levels like those seen in Superstorm Sandy every five to ten years, and an average of 20 additional days a year that rose above 90 degrees. Connecticut had multiple heat waves in summer 2022 and record-breaking rainfall in 2021.

When soliciting proposals, DEEP strongly encouraged projects that use nature-based solutions and green infrastructure, such as created wetlands, rain gardens, trees, and other elements that use nature to reduce flooding, cool neighborhoods, or stop shoreline erosion. Other funded projects include protecting critical infrastructure and exploring creative regional resilience financing methods.

Federal funding for climate resilience reached historic levels with the passage of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. To set up Connecticut communities for success with federal funds, all grantees will assess how they will fund the local match portion of any federal grant award for construction and implementation costs.

The grant recipients under this inaugural round of funding includes:

Resilience Planning Grants

These awards provide funding for comprehensive climate resilience planning at either the regional, municipal, or neighborhood (hyper-local) level.

  • Groundwork Bridgeport, Inc., $249,816: Groundwork Bridgeport, a community-based organization in Bridgeport, will develop a neighborhood-level plan to reduce heat island impacts in the East Side neighborhood. The plan will identify cool corridors (travel routes) for reducing urban heat island effect and the team will also coordinate with the City of Bridgeport on street upgrades to support cooling.
  • City of Bridgeport, $250,000: The City of Bridgeport will conduct a comprehensive climate risk and vulnerability assessment, and develop a prioritized list of strategies, actions, and projects. The city will also identify funding opportunities, assess municipal level match funding, and identify implementation strategies.
  • Town of Bristol, $250,000: The Town of Bristol will develop a flood resilience plan for areas along and near the Pequabuck River and Coppermine Brook that assesses how to restore the floodway’s function and identify potential opportunities for buying out flood-prone properties.
  • Town of Groton, $200,000: The Town of Groton will develop a town-wide climate resilience plan that looks at all hazards. The plan will accompany a town-funded climate mitigation plan.
  • City of Hartford, $243,500: The City of Hartford will develop a citywide flooding/climate resiliency assessment using existing data and create a prioritized list of resilience projects for future advancement.
  • Town of Manchester, $200,000: The Town of Manchester will develop a townwide flood resilience plan focusing on understanding how extreme precipitation events will affect the town and identifying recommendations for next steps to reduce risks.
  • City of Norwalk, $246,283: The City of Norwalk will develop a citywide flood resilience workplan to prioritize and execute resilience strategies, related land-use planning, and identify site-specific projects to mitigate climate impacts. The plan will also provide a framework of nature-based solutions that, if implemented will increase community resilience and improve water quality.
  • City of Stamford, $210,750: The City of Stamford will develop a neighborhood-level plan for the Downtown, West Side, and Waterside neighborhoods for addressing heat risk and resilience, including identify longer-term planning, policy, and regulatory strategies, and develop near-term actions to complement ongoing emergency preparedness and response efforts.

Resilience Project Development Grants

These awards provide funding to advance identified resilience projects to various stages of development, with an end goal of successfully applying for federal funding that pays for construction implementation. This includes developing conceptual designs, conducting engineering studies, studying feasibility and identifying alternative solutions, and assessing costs and benefits.

  • Capitol Region Council of Governments, $250,000: The CRCOG will work with multiple municipalities in the CRCOG region to conduct stormwater authority feasibility assessments.
  • Metro Council of Governments, Bridgeport, $400,000: The MetroCOG will conduct engineering studies and other analyses, and conduct community engagement for a proposed living shoreline and transportation infrastructure alternatives along Johnson’s Creek in Bridgeport’s East End Neighborhood.
  • Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments, $689,181: The NVCOG will develop and advance culvert replacement and drainage system improvement projects in nine municipalities to reduce stormwater flooding, with the outcomes including preliminary designs and cost estimates.
  • Town of Hamden, $567,500: The Town of Hamden will develop and design a pump station replacement in the lower Pardee Brook watershed and nature-based green infrastructure in the upper Pardee Brook watershed using a collaborative design process to reduce flooding in the Meadowbrook Co-Op neighborhood.
  • City of New Britain, $300,000: The city will identify comprehensive flooding solutions in the Willow Brook watershed, in partnership with Resilient Connecticut.
  • Greater New Haven Water Pollution Control Authority, New Haven, $506,000: The Greater New Haven WPCA will conduct studies on street flooding and sewer back-ups in the Westville neighborhood, and identify and evaluate options for potential projects that include nature-based solutions.
  • Norwich Public Utilities, $650,000: Norwich Public Utilities will design and scope a wall to protect the Bean Hill Substation from river flooding. The substation serves the trauma center, industrial park, and 6,000 residential customers in Norwich.
  • Norwich Public Utilities, $485,000: Norwich Public Utilities will conduct numerous site and engineering studies, along with necessary federal grant application studies, related to relocating the Shipping Street sewage pump station out of the floodway of the Thames River.
  • City of Stamford, $481,125: The City of Stamford will conduct modeling, identify alternatives, and develop conceptual designs for reducing stormwater flooding in the Cummings Pond watershed in the Cove and East Side neighborhoods.
  • City of Stamford, $598,125: The City of Stamford will evaluate flooding issues in the Toilsome Brook watershed, specifically in the Ridgeway-Bullshead, Turn of River-Newfield, and Glenbrook-Belltown neighborhoods, and develop concept-level flood mitigation recommendations that will include drainage system improvements, stream daylighting, and relocating or elevating structures and infrastructure.
  • City of Waterbury, $652,661: The City of Waterbury will update studies related to flooding in the Clough Brook watershed and develop designs for culverts and drainage systems.
  • Town of West Hartford, West Hartford and Hartford, $700,000: The Town of West Hartford will lead engineering studies and preliminary designs for reducing flooding near Kennedy Brook and Kane Brook in West Hartford and Hartford in partnership with Resilient Connecticut.
  • City of West Haven, $669,900: The City of West Haven will develop preliminary designs for reducing flooding in the Sanford Street Basin, in the Allingtown District, including new piping, culverts, a structured wetland, and a new outfall path to the Cove River. The city will also conduct a feasibility study for a stormwater authority.

The DCRF was created in response to Governor Lamont’s Executive Order 21-3, implementing the recommendations for adaptation and resilience of the Governor’s Council on Climate Change and funding for resilience projects made possible under Public Act 20-5 through an expansion of the microgrid grant and loan program. That expansion allowed the program to include resilience projects more broadly for the first time and to prioritize funding proposals that benefit vulnerable communities.

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PRESS RELEASE: Public Presentation to Focus on the Future of Transportation in the Valley

June 9, 2023
Media contact: David Rivera
Communications & Marketing Manager
(203) 841-8494


DERBY, CT – Transportation in the Naugatuck Valley is the topic of a public presentation set for June 28 at Plumb Memorial Library in Shelton.

The 5pm-6:45pm event — Getting from Here to There: The Future of Transportation in the Naugatuck Valley — is hosted by Plumb Memorial Library and will feature presentations by the Valley Community Foundation (VCF) and the Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments.

“This event is a great opportunity for the public to learn what projects will change how we travel and get around the Valley in the future,” said Sharon Closius, VCF’s President and CEO.“It also gives Valley residents the chance to express their views, ideas and opinions on what they think about transportation in the region.”

Topics for the presentation include:
• The 2022 Valley Community Index
• Major Transportation System Issues in the Valley
• Naugatuck Valley Projects Underway, and
• The Vision for the Future.

This is the first public Learning Session organized by VCF as part of the release of the 2022 Valley Community Index. The Index is an in-depth data report that spotlighted changing trends and demographics in the Valley during the last three years, and highlighted key topics including transportation, housing, healthcare, and other quality-of-life issues in the Valley.

The event is free and open to the public and food and refreshments will be served. Doors open at 5pm, and the program starts at 5:30pm. Space is limited so pre-registration is required. To register online click here or go to or call 203-751-9162.

About the Valley Community Foundation:
Established in 2004, each year the Valley Community Foundation (VCF) distributes approximately $2 million in grants that support local nonprofits and people they serve. In addition to grantmaking, VCF works in strong partnership with The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven (TCF) to promote philanthropy in Ansonia, Derby, Oxford, Seymour and Shelton and receives funding from The Gates Fund and other preference funds at TCF that benefit the Valley. For more information, visit Valley Community Foundation, 253-A Elizabeth Street, Derby CT, 06418. Office: (203) 751-9162.