- As a State Representative, James came up with the concept for Founders’ Walk and was able to secure state funding for the project. He then chaired the steering committee, and oversaw construction on the project. He was recognized the Milford Chamber of Commerce for his efforts on this project.
Downtown Milford Parking
James worked closely with Mayor Blake to help secure $5 Million in state funding to purchase additional parking for downtown Milford. You can read about his efforts here.
Downtown Milford Railroad BridgeJames worked closely with the DOT so that Milford could be the first town in a pilot program that was allowed to decorate the downtown railroad trestle. You can read about his efforts here.
In May of 2014, James brought forth on the floor of the House of Representatives and debated House Bill 5434, that became Special Act 14-19. The bill promoted a partnership between technical high schools and community colleges. The law required the regional community-technical college system to collaborate and develop a cooperative agreement with the technical high school system. The agreement included allowing each community college and its neighboring technical high school to share space, equipment, material, or instructors and permitted high school students to earn college credit from the community college. This bill passed unanimously through both the House and Senate, and garnered support of many colleagues, who joined as co-sponsors of the legislation.
Robert J. Thompson Fellow –
In 2013 James was one of 30 officials from the east coast chosen to attend the selective Robert J. Thompson Eastern Leadership Academy. This program of the Council of State Governments provided James the opportunity to study with and learn from some of the top policy makers on the east coast.
Connecticut State Planning Commission for Higher Education –
Due to his distinguished service on the Higher Education Committee, James was asked to serve as a member of the Connecticut Planning Commission for Higher Education, which was tasked with developing a strategic plan for higher education in Connecticut. In addition, James served as the co-chair of the Student Financial Aid Working Group. Based on the work of the this group, substantial revisions were made to the Governor’s Scholarship program in 2016.
Milford Education Foundation –
James is a co-founder and past president of the Milford Education Member. He started and chaired their successful Chair-ity Auction and Evening Under the Stars fundraisers, which have raised tens of thousands of dollars for local education. He has been an integral part of a volunteer organization that has positively impacted thousands of local students.
Devon Rotary –
James is a past president and current Scholarship Chair of the Devon Rotary. He has run the organizations scholarships and Service Above Self Student Awards ceremonies for over a decade. In that time, the Devon Rotary has grown to one of the largest scholarship organizations in the city, awarding over $20,000 a year in scholarships to local students.