On January 31, 2013, Governor Dannel Malloy announced 'Next Generation Connecticut,' a $1.5 billion investment in UConn to support major expansions across three campuses. The proposed initiative seeks to bring thousands of jobs to the state, and, over the next ten years, catalyze hundreds of millions of dollars in research investment and business activity.
"Connecticut used to lead the world when it came to innovation--we had more patents, more groundbreaking discoveries than anywhere else in the world. Somewhere along the way the world caught up. This is about to change," said Governor Malloy. "By targeting state resources to our flagship university we ensure that our young people have the skills they need to fill the jobs we are so aggressively pursuing."
Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman added, "This initiative will fuel Connecticut's economy with new technologies and companies, patents, licenses, and high-wage STEM jobs. UConn will be not just a great place to get an education, but will be a driver of job creation and economic growth now and for generations to come."
Among other STEM-related investments and goals, the Next Generation Connecticut proposal calls for:
• Expansion of the School of Engineering by increasing enrollment by 70 percent.
• A 47 percent expansion in the total number of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) graduates.
• Addition of 50 STEM doctoral fellowships and creation of the premier STEM honors program in the U.S.
• $1.54 billion in bonding to construct new STEM facilities, build out teaching and research labs, upgrade information technology, and renovate and build additional housing and parking.
Over the next ten years, the curricular expansion and focus on STEM is expected to attract $270 million in research dollars and $527 million in business activity. The proposal will create 30,000 construction jobs and support 4,050 permanent jobs.
Data shows that from 2000 to 2010, STEM jobs grew three times faster than non-STEM jobs, and unemployment in the STEM fields are 4.4 percent lower. Responding to the needs of business, the Governor's plan will increase STEM graduates by 47 percent, turning out a workforce that is trained for real-world jobs.
The Next Generation Connecticut proposal, announced at Pratt and Whitney in East Hartford, is part of the Governor's legislative package which will be unveiled on February 6.
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