The Exponent Telegram
Sunday, December 4, 2005
By Jim Fisher – Metro Editor
CLARKSBURG - Between major steps forward this summer by the developers of Charles Pointe and Tuesday’s Supreme Court ruling clearing the way for a new United Hospital Center, Bridgeport could see a major boom over the next decade or more.
"Anytime you have an investment that will approach $200 million and place jobs in a community, that becomes an economic engine," said Bridgeport Mayor Jim Christie, noting that the UHC jobs are not really new but still will add to Bridgeport’s economy.
The true boost will be from ancillary businesses supporting UHC, since the hospital itself will not pay business and occupation taxes.
If the nonprofit bonds are to be issued, the hearing is neccessary, said Jim Christie of Comvest, the Bridgeport-based financial firm handling the sale.