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Patrick Gallagher

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Property owners invest in amenities, improvements

While new office developments are uncommon in the Fairfield County region, industry experts say the market is ripe for capital investment and upgrades.

Physicians transition to online scheduling

Western Connecticut Medical Group, which is associated with Danbury and New Milford hospitals, recently began piloting an online appointment system operated by ZocDoc Inc.

Nonprofit, coffee producer fight malnutrition in Guatemala

Save the Children, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters and USAID collaborated to open a goat-raising center July 11 in Guatemala.

Himes, No Labels to unveil legislation package

A coalition of about 80 members of Congress will unveil a package of nine bills aimed at making government more efficient and bringing together Democrats and Republicans.

Ruger to open new plant in North Carolina

Ruger, which is based in Southport, currently has plants in Newport, N.H., and Prescott, Ariz., where it collectively employs more than 2,000 people.

Conn. fines out-of-state firms $1.3M in FY 2013

Connecticut collected $1.3 million in fines from 261 companies that conducted business here during the state's 2013 fiscal year without having legal permission to do so.

Legislation to prioritize state aid to exporters

Connecticut exporters are set to get a boost under a bill that will be signed by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy this afternoon in Middletown.

Report: 575 Pratt & Whitney staff take buyout

About 575 employees of Pratt & Whitney accepted buyouts as part of an effort by the aerospace firm and parent company United Technologies Corp. to trim staff over a two-year period.

Malloy signs bill legalizing mixed martial arts

The bill to legalize MMA was passed on the last day of the 2013 legislative session after supporters overcame opposition that had in the past stalled efforts to expand the sport in Connecticut.

SEC lifts hedge fund advertising ban

The Securities and Exchange Commission lifted an 80-year ban on general solicitation, or advertising, for certain securities offered by hedge funds and other firms seeking private capital.

Lender marks return to Fairfield

Total Mortgage Services L.L.C., which was founded in Fairfield 16 years ago, has opened new retail offices in Fairfield and Ridgefield and will relocate its headquarters within Milford this fall.

Public-private solar leasing program expands

Connecticut, in partnership with U.S. Bancorp and a consortium of lenders, has amassed nearly $60 million in financing to help expand a 2008 solar leasing program that has already facilitated more than 850 home solar system leases.

Investors eye Northeast for development

The Northeast ranked second behind the Southwest in a recent survey by KPMG L.L.P. that asked real estate executives to identify the best regions for development and investment opportunities.

Leasing activity muted in second quarter

Fairfield County leasing activity totaled 673,120 square feet in the second quarter, down 0.5 percent from the second quarter of 2012. Similarly, the average rental rate of $33.07 was just barely higher than a year ago, when it was $33.05, according to the RHYS report.

Health care spending growth at historic lows

PricewaterhouseCooper’s Health Research Institute projects the net growth rate in health care spending will be about 4.5 percent in 2014, after accounting for benefit design changes such as higher deductibles.