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“Instead of looking at somebody else’s garden and trying to steal the fruit and bring it over, we need to be planting seeds here – seeds of talent and investment that will grow themselves," said former Lamont administration policy adviser Nick Simmons.
With the influx of New York residents into Connecticut in general, and Stamford in particular, Winkel said he believes the Partnership is well positioned to gain even more ground in the community.
UConn is on target to be the participating university for the new scholarship endeavor.
Seminars and activities are aimed at building participants’ awareness of issues facing Fairfield County and Connecticut, and expanding their professional, leadership and problem-solving skills.
“We thought it would be crazy, if not a little irresponsible, to not have it take place this year," says the annual event's founder and executive director Jon Winkel.
"Participation has been higher, the energy in the room is better, and she’s putting money in the bank," Chamber Treasurer David Cingari says of Cavanagh, who's been leading the organization for about 15 months.
Jon Winkel, who is also chairman of Stamford’s Economic and Urban Redevelopment Development Commissions, promises a range of "cutting-edge projects that will be announced shortly."