Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Friday that he has been appointed to serve on the Economic Development and Commerce Committee of the National Governors Association.

In a prepared statement, Malloy said he would use the position to increase the visibility of the state on a national scale and encourage businesses to move or remain there.

“The way we will generate jobs in Connecticut is to send a message, not just in this country, but around the world, that our state is open for business,” he said.  “Each decision I make is a step toward the goal of increasing economic development in Connecticut, and – just as I’m doing with every task at hand – I will use this appointment to bring us closer to that objective.”

Malloy becomes one of 16 governors on the committee, which has jurisdiction over transportation and infrastructure, financial services, housing and community development, and economic development and trade.

“I am excited to work with the nation’s governors on this group and focus a national spotlight on Connecticut’s businesses, industries, housing, and community development,” he said.