HARTFORD — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced June 19 that the Connecticut Airport Authority board of directors has approved the first application submitted by a business in the Waterbury-Oxford Airport Development Zone. The business, Autonomy Technology Inc. (ATI), has applied to take advantage of the tax incentives available to eligible businesses within the zone. ATI plans to create or retain 18 to 20 jobs in the company’s first two years of operation in the development zone.
“We created Connecticut’s airport development zones because we recognize the tremendous potential of our five general aviation airports and the role they play as regional economic drivers,” Malloy said. “These zones allow businesses to thrive and create jobs for residents, and that’s a win-win for the state.”
CAA is responsible for ensuring that the economic development potential of Connecticut’s five general aviation airports, in addition to Bradley International Airport, is realized, and that appropriate business, strategic and marketing plans for the airports and surrounding areas are established. This includes creating new jobs, attracting new capital and increasing tax revenue to the state and regional municipalities.
“This is an exciting step for the Connecticut Airport Authority and the Waterbury-Oxford Airport Development Zone,” said CAA Board Chair Mary Ellen Jones. “We are pleased at this early success for the zone, and we hope that ATI’s approval will demonstrate the real benefits of inclusion to any other companies interested in the program.”
Businesses qualify for Development Zone tax incentives if the organization(s) acquires or leases an idle facility or constructs, substantially renovates or expands the facility and uses it for specified purposes. These include manufacturing, performing research and development directly related to manufacturing or significantly servicing, overhauling or rebuilding machinery and equipment for industrial uses, and other airport-related services. Businesses that also meet certain criteria are eligible for a five-year, 80 percent local property tax abatement on real and personal property, as well as a ten-year corporation business tax credit. Businesses qualify for the abatement based on the value of the improvements made to acquired, newly constructed, renovated, or expanded facilities.
“The Waterbury-Oxford Airport Development Zone holds great potential due to the high level of general aviation activity at that airport,” said CAA Executive Director Kevin Dillon. “Airports are major economic drivers, and this program helps the state utilize that potential. We are excited by Autonomy Technology Inc.’s approval for a certificate of eligibility and benefits under the new zone.”
ATI plans to sell, manufacture and distribute medium voltage switchgear, generator connection systems and cable assemblies to customers up and down the eastern seaboard. This will be the first northeastern facility for ATI, which already operates in Oregon, Alaska and Nevada. The company’s application indicates an initial projection of 18 to 20 new, full-time positions at its Oxford location over the next two years.
Waterbury-Oxford Airport is a public-use general aviation airport, located about seven miles southwest of Waterbury. The airport has the highest concentration of general aviation activity in Connecticut. It provides maintenance, fuel, aircraft storage, and support facilities to meet the demands of corporate jet and single- and multi-engine aircraft. In 2010, the total economic contribution of the Waterbury-Oxford Airport totaled more than 1,670 jobs and $235.4 million of output.

WINDSOR — Travelers seeking the comforts of home combined with the beauty of a modern hotel are in luck. The Courtyard Hartford Windsor has unveiled its reimagined guest rooms after a major renovation project breathed new life into the hotel.
Guests will feel the difference the moment they step into one of the hotel’s modern rooms. The sculptural design of the lounge-around sofa and chairs add to the aesthetic that lacks the clutter of traditional artwork. New lighting enhances the architecture and design of each room.
A luggage drop for easy storage greets visitors upon entry, and a tech-drop ledge accommodates cellphones, tablets, computers and other personal devices with easy-to-access electrical outlets for convenient charging. Visitors will appreciate more power outlets and ports throughout each room.
Hospitality cabinets in the rooms store coffeemakers, and a new bathroom nook allows guests to access towels and other amenities without having to leave the shower.
Business travelers in town for a conference or convention can take advantage of the spacious, redesigned workspaces that boast ergonomic chairs to maximize productivity.
The Courtyard Hartford Windsor also has a new lobby that features The Bistro —Eat. Drink. Connect — as well as cozy media pods with personal flat-screen TVs and welcome pedestals that have replaced the traditional front desk. The casual, cafe-style eatery serves breakfast and dinner.
The Courtyard Hartford Windsor at 1 Day Hill Road in Windsor, 6 miles from Bradley International Airport. The hotel has 137 rooms and 12 suites on two floors as well as two meeting rooms with 1,250 square feet of flexible event space. A fitness center, indoor pool and high-speed Internet access are among the other amenities. For information, visit www.CourtyardHartfordWindsor.com or call 1-860-683-0022.

Courtyard Hartford Windsor guest room

Reimagined guest rooms at the Courtyard Hartford Windsor are part of the hotel’s major renovations.