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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."
Highway tolls and whether or not to expand state-sanctioned gambling are still unresolved.
“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.
"It is clear that Connecticut’s labor market continues to tighten," said Andy Condon, director of the DOL’s Office of Research.
“It’s not like there’s absolutely no money in the Trust Fund,” says Eric Gjede of the Connecticut Business and Industry Association; however, he added, “It’s nowhere close to where we’d like it to be.”
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.”
"These individuals are among the state’s top business leaders and their experience will help us develop our policy agenda,” said CBIA president and CEO Joe Brennan.
When was the last time you or your child ever visited and toured a manufacturing facility? If it was longer than even just five years ago, you’re in for a shock if you try it again.
Eric Gjede has served as counsel and assistant counsel at the group for the last five years, while Eric Brown has spent over 24 years there as counsel and senior counsel on such issue areas as manufacturing, energy and transportation.