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State Launches Contest to Boost Tourism

Connecticut is looking to its residents to help tout all of the fun the state has to offer, according to the Associated Press.

Connecticut's Department of Economic and Community Development is launching a contest asking residents to write about their favorite experiences in the Nutmeg State as a part of a new tourism campaign, according to the Associated Press.

The contest began Monday. The winning story will be used to promote the new campaign, which will be announced in April. According to Deputy Commissioner Christopher "Kip" Bergstrom, the state hopes to recreate the success seen by the "I Love N.Y." campaign from the 1970s.

After operating with just a $1 a year budget under former Gov. Jodi M. Rell, the state's Office of Tourism and Culture is now receiving more financial support. According to AP, Gov. Dannel Malloy is hoping to spend $15 million on tourism marketing this year.

Jimmy Pursey February 29, 2012 at 09:06 PM
"Citing The New York Times, wikipedia, or Media Matters as a source is often suspect on any issue which may have a political dimension. Referencing a New York Times article by Krugman about conservatives is as bad as citing Homer Simpson as a source for mathematical literacy." Hahaha...speaking of "Conservatives and credibility"...I hear that a bag of hammers is now the front runner!
Citizen X March 01, 2012 at 01:20 AM
'Connecticut, so much, so close, just not here'
Steven DeVaux March 01, 2012 at 10:27 AM
g, Shhhhssh! Don't spoil this summer's surprise!
RAK April 22, 2012 at 06:13 PM
G- I typically dont check to see who replies to my comments. So forgive me for such a late response to your inquiry. There must be a misunderstanding. I was specifically talking about the Mobil/McDonalds Service Plazas on the Merrit,I-95 and I-395. They are currently under renovation and the general contractor who is running the job, is having trouble following the specifications. The delay in completing renovations and re-opening the newly renovated plazas is due to incompetance by the GC. As of today, the two North Haven service plazas on the Merrit and the Northbound Milford on I-95 are the only one's completed. These started in August of 2010. The CONNDOT personel are inspecting and overseeing the work. Much of it has to be re-done due to not following the States specifications in which the DOT has laid out. You will not be able to Google anything because there's nothing out there about delays. Currently, both Plazas on I-395 in Plainfield, both Plazas on the Merrit in Fairfield, I-95 Southbound Milford and I-95 Northbound in Darien are closed for renovations. Branford I-95 Northbound just closed this past week. Keep an eye on the Darien Plaza, one of the busiest plazas in the country. These are private jobs on state property. It is the responsibility of the GC to fulfill it's obligation with the state and complete these on time. Google CT Service Plaza.
johnqpublic April 23, 2012 at 12:00 AM
Too bad the favorite CT stories are those from people leaving for lower tax states. Maybe the tagline for the advertising can read something like this: Come visit Connecticut while people still live here. or Connecticut, a Union Shop. You must join us.

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