Bradley Airport Development Zone



This program provides a tax abatement for businesses that meet the qualifying requirements in an airport development zone. 



Key Incentives for Businesses

For qualifying businesses:

  • a five-year, 80% property tax abatement


A variety of businesses may be eligible for these incentives, including but not limited to the following:

  • manufacturer, process or assemble raw materials or parts;
  • perform manufacturing-related research and development; or
  • significantly service, overhaul or rebuild industrial machinery and equipment;
  • warehouse and transport freight (as long as the business is dependent on goods shipped by air);
  • provide business services, including information technology services, directly related to airport operations.

These programs are designed to encourage capital improvements to land and/or buildings, businesses must be prepared to either renovate an existing facility by investing at least 50% of its pre-acquisition value in the renovation, OR construct a new facility, OR expand an existing facility, OR acquire a facility that has been idle (minimum period of idleness depends on average number of employees).

Note: if the applicant is leasing this qualifying facility, the lease must be for at least five years with the option at that point to either 1) renew the lease for an aggregate term of not less than 10 years or 2) buy the facility. 

The three approved Airport Development Zones include the following:

  • Bradly International Airport (BDL)

  • Groton-New London (KGON)

  • Waterbury-Oxford Airport (KOXC)

How to Apply

  1. Prior to starting any project, the business must first submit a Preliminary Questionnaire through the local economic development office for the town.
  2. The Preliminary Questionnaire will be reviewed by the municipality and forwarded to the DECD. If the business, the facility, and the project all meet the initial prequalifying eligibility requirements, then DECD will provide the formal application with instructions on how to proceed.
  3. The application — along with all required documents — must be submitted to the Department of Economic and Community Development prior to October 1 of the year in which the project will be completed.
  4. If approved, DECD will issue a Certificate of Eligibility.


Bradley International Airport (BDL)



Gary M. Haynes

Director of Community Development    

Town of East Granby     

East Granby Town Hall  

9 Center Street, P.O. Box 1858  

East Granby, CT 06026  

860- 653-3444  

Fax: 860- 653-4017



William Hawkins

Town Planner

Town of Suffield             

230 C Mountain Road

Suffield, CT 06078          

860- 668-3848  

Fax: 860- 668-3327



James Burke

Economic Development Director

Town of Windsor

275 Broad Street

Windsor, CT 06095        

860- 285-1877  

Fax: 860- 285-1809



Jennifer Rodriguez

Director of Planning and Development

Economic & Industry Development Commission              

50 Church Street

Windsor Locks, CT 06096            

860- 627-1447        


Groton – New London Airport (KGON)



Paige Bronk      

Economic and Community Development Manager          

Office of Planning and Development Services     

Town of Groton

Town Planning & Development 

134 Groton Long Point Road      

Town of Groton, CT 06340          


Fax: 860-448-4094 



Tom Bombria   

Economic Development Coordinator     

Office of Development and Planning      

City of New London       

181 State Street             

New London, CT 06320 



Waterbury – Oxford Airport (KOXC)



Terrence S. McAuliffe   


Economic Development Commission     

Town of Middlebury     

1212 Wittemore Road  

Middlebury, CT 06762


Fax: 203-758-8629 

* (with an economic relationship to the Oxford Airport, since a portion of the town is located in the ADZ)



Jeffrey P. Luff   

Economic Development Director

Town of Oxford

S.B. Church Memorial Town Hall

486 Oxford Road            

Oxford, CT 06478-1298 

203-888-2543 ext. 3028      



Zachary Keith    

Project Manager            

Waterbury Development Corp.               

83 Bank Street, 3rd Floor            

Waterbury, CT 06072    

203-346-2607, ext. 7287

Fax: 203- 346-3910