Lawmakers Open Hearings On Jackson Lab Proposal

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – The Jackson Laboratory is promising to recruit top scientists from around the world for its proposed lab at the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington, saying it will be “one of the largest concentrations of bio-medical brainpower anyplace in the world.”

Michael Hyde, chief development officer of the Maine-based genetic research center, told lawmakers Thursday that Jackson will create 320 mostly research-related jobs over 10 years. After 20 years, Jackson is promising 661 direct jobs. Thousands of spin-off jobs have been predicted.

The legislature’s Finance Committee is holding an informational hearing on the deal, which requires a $192 million forgivable loan and $99 million in research funding from the state. A vote is scheduled for Oct. 26.

Lawmakers are also holding a hearing on a separate job-creation bill.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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