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Rep. Himes Celebrates Federal Economic Development Grant

Lea Trusty
Conn. Congressman Jim Himes

Connecticut Congressman Jim Himes said economic development that creates more jobs will revitalize cities across the country, adding that more police won’t do that.

Himes, a Democrat, announced more than a million dollars in federal economic development grants to the Naugatuck River Valley cities of Ansonia, Derby and Shelton.

“We are here today because this is a very positive story of the federal government assisting an economically challenged part of Connecticut," he said. "And that is what the future is. The future is not some Americans want to tear down the country and others don’t.”

The federal grants consist of $700,000 from the Environmental Protection Agency to revitalize the riverfront in Shelton and $400,000 from the CARES Act for the Naugatuck Valley Corridor Economic Development District.

Himes has criticised President Trump for visiting communities to highlight civil unrest. Trump has called for sending more federal law enforcement to cities.

As WSHU Public Radio’s award-winning senior political reporter, Ebong Udoma draws on his extensive tenure to delve deep into state politics during a major election year.