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“The Business Council has a lot of resources that it provided to the community," James Fitzgerald tells the Business Journal. "It’s a little too soon (to discuss a possible resurrection after the coronavirus crisis has passed), but there are all sorts of ideas flying out. We’ll evaluate them when it’s appropriate.”
The move comes less than three months after the board named Erin Flynn its new president and CEO after Chris Bruhl retired from that position after 30 years.
“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.”
The event has grown from a handful of participants and awards to one that this year featured hundreds of attendees and the recognition of 57 companies throughout New England.
Bruhl discusses what he sees as the county’s strengths, the Business Council’s hopes for the state’s incoming governor – and how the state needs to look beyond its borders for more opportunities.
Rey Giallongo is also the vice chairman and a member of the board of commissioners of the Stamford Downtown Special Services District.
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.
“We will struggle to grow by zero to 1 percent," forecasts Connecticut Business & Industry Association President and CEOJoe Brennan.
Frustration over a lack of detail leaves observers hopeful but wary.
Some high marks for the outgoing governor's attempts to fix the fiscal mess he inherited ... but actual accomplishments are few, according to observers.
Meanwhile, the Western Connecticut Convention and Visitors Bureau in Litchfield is hoping to persuade lawmakers to restore financing.
A state analysis found more than $40 billion in economic benefits could be generated by widening portions of I-95 and I-84 .
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