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interview: donald defronzo, department of administrative services Wearing two hats “The construction sector has probably been the hardest hit area of the whole economy, with about 25 percent unemployment in the construction sector, so infrastructure investments are needed to put construction workers back to work, and when that happens, we begin to see an economic recovery.” When Donald DeFronzo joined Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration this year as commissioner of the Department of Administrative Services, he faced the challenging task of consolidating several state agencies to make state government more efficient and less costly. But that’s only part of his job. DeFronzo, who served as mayor of New Britain from 1989-93 prior to four terms in the state Senate, also is leading the newly created Department of Construction Services while Malloy searches for a permanent commissioner for that agency. The Department of Administrative Services is charged with maintaining and modernizing state facilities, while the Department of Construction Services focuses on new projects by providing design and construction services to all other state agencies, DeFronzo said. Whether the projects involve refurbishing old facilities or building new ones, DeFronzo said he and the governor share a commitment to infrastructure investment, which he sees as instrumental to economic recovery in the state. “These investments are important,” he said. “We look at them as strategic investments for the state. These are not make-work jobs. These are important projects the state needs to do at a time when investments in these projects can stimulate the economy by creating new jobs. These projects can be done at this time for a pretty good return on the dollar because interest rates are fairly low and the bids that are coming in are still relatively low. “The construction sector has probably been the hardest hit area of the whole economy, with about 25 percent unemployment in the construction sector, so infrastructure investments are needed to put construction workers back to work, and when that happens, we begin to see an economic recovery.” DeFronzo leads two agencies essential to the construction industry CONNstruction / Fall 2011 / 19 http://www.ctconstruction.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of CONNstruction - Fall 2011

Riding on Private Investments
Clean Water Fund Helps Create Infrastructure Jobs and Grow the State’s Economy
Public PLAs – Good or Bad?
Bioscience Connecticut Initiative: A Timely Investment
Shovel ready
Aiding economic growth
Wearing two hats
Jammed roadways and full trains
Major transportation initiatives in Connecticut
The Young Contractors Forum Summer Meeting
Associated General Contractors of Connecticut Annual Golf Outing
Connecticut Environmental and Utilities Contractors Association Spring Luncheon Meeting
The Connecticut Road Builders Association Spring Dinner Meeting
Connecticut Ready Mixed Concrete Association Annual Meeting
CTASLA/CCPC Pervious Concrete Workshop
Index to Advertisers/Advertisers.com

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