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“I know it’s happening in Stamford," says the incoming Council president and CEO, "but we need to see if we can capture more of the next generation’s talent base in places like Norwalk and Bridgeport as well.”
The 72-year-old Bruhl, who was with the Business Council for 30 years, described his successor as "a proven, creative, collaborative leader (who will) take a great organization to an even higher level of excellence.”
“We are focusing on what money is going out and what we are getting in return,” the Greenwich resident says. “Ultimately it’s about the cost to the taxpayer – and I am certainly one of those."
A "major production company" relocating here, a tentative time frame for a special session on tolls and a Woodstock mini-festival upstate are all possibilities, the governor said.
“Our business is growing – but I’m not sure if it’s going to continue to do so in Connecticut," says one Danbury business owner.
Hundreds are expected at the Connecticut Supplier Growth Summit at the Stamford Marriott on May 21, which combines the expected trade fair and panel discussions with “Match Maker Meetings,” a kind of “speed dating” approach wherein small business suppliers and larger company buyers are paired off.
Rey Giallongo is also the vice chairman and a member of the board of commissioners of the Stamford Downtown Special Services District.
Ned Lamont "understands the need for economic growth, and the huge burden he’s facing,” says Joseph Brennan, president and CEO of the Connecticut Business and Industry Association. “He’s going to need help.”
While everyone cheers the CTrail Hartford Line's potential for reducing highway traffic, opinion is mixed on how it will affect property values here.
Questions about traffic, increasing casino competition from neighboring states, and the wisdom or breaking the state compact with the tribes operating Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods remain, say several observers.
The commission's report also advocates raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022, tightening union bargaining rules and cutting state spending by $1 billion a year while adding spending in cities and on transportation.
While the county’s commercial and residential real estate markets have been sluggish, that could change as Manhattan and Brooklyn prices continue to spiral upwards, said the Federal Reserve Bank's Jason Bram.
“We will struggle to grow by zero to 1 percent," forecasts Connecticut Business & Industry Association President and CEOJoe Brennan.