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The incoming and outgoing chief executives of the CBIA, Chris DiPentima and Joe Brennan, discuss the transition process.
A group of 11 State Senate Democrats has sent a letter to Gov. Ned Lamont questioning the prudence of starting to reopen some state businesses on May 20 – concerns that the governor tried to assuage during today’s briefing.
Around the state, some favor opening businesses now, while others favor slowly rolling out certain sectors. Even Gov. Ned Lamont, who has said an official strategic announcement will be made on May 20, is now indicating some reopenings could occur sooner.
After some back-and-forth over the past few weeks as to whether when some shuttered Connecticut businesses could start to reopen, Gov. Ned Lamont today affirmed that a number of sectors -- including restaurants, retailers, and hair salons -- will begin to open on May 20.
The state saw the number of COVID-19-postive cases in its hospitals decline for the first time since the start of the pandemic.
The Manufacturing Innovation Fund board has retooled its Manufacturing Voucher Program in order to provide grants of up to $75,000 to companies that adjust production to make in-demand medical equipment.
“We believe this program provides the quick, short-term financial assistance (small businesses and nonprofits) need to maintain operations and weather this storm," said Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner David Lehman.
A spokesman confirmed to the Business Journal that the exec will exit in late June – an official date has yet to be determined – and that the CBIA’s board of directors’ search for Brennan’s replacement is already underway.
On tolls, Fairfield First Selectwoman Brenda Kupchick said the governor “needs to once and for all just give it up. He’s changed positions so many times, and the way it stands now it’s not going to make anywhere near the money that’s needed.”
“The main focus of this legislative session must be on making it easier for employers to grow in Connecticut as opposed to what we’ve seen over the last several years, with new costs and mandates hampering much-needed growth," says CBIA president and CEO Joe Brennan.
According to CBIA/CONNSTEP’s first Connecticut Manufacturing Report, issued at the 2019 Manufacturing Summit, workforce tops manufacturers' concerns, with 60% of poll respondents saying it was their most significant need – and 56% saying it was “difficult” to both find and retain young workers.
“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."