A packed room joined the MetroHartford Alliance Thursday morning for “A Conversation with Governor Ned Lamont” to hear his vision for the state and some of the tough decisions he faces.
SHARING THE MESSAGE ABOUT WHAT MAKES US A GREAT REGION
Opening remarks from MetroHartford Alliance President and CEO David Griggs underscored the fact that Hartford is Insurance Capital of the World.
“We need to own and embrace that,” he emphasized, “along with all the other things that make this region great.”
Griggs highlighted the importance of spreading our message, which encourages site selectors and outside influencers to consider doing business in our market. He also noted there needs to be a seamless relationship between elected officials and the business community.
Lamont later commended the Alliance for this type of effort, saying the organization is “a great apostle for growth in the region.”
“The MetroHartford Alliance breakfast with Governor Lamont was great,” said John Turgeon, CohnReznick Partner and Managing Director of CohnReznick Affiliated Companies. “I think everyone really appreciated the candor in Lamont’s comments. As with any transformation, there’s work for all of us in the state to do, but it’s also a chance for us to show our collective strength and ability to get things done.”
A VISION FOR CONNECTICUT
Lamont shared his vision for Connecticut, which has a strong focus on economic growth and advancing the state’s skilled workforce.
Regarding economic growth, he said, “We have the team to get this state growing again. And the business community can collaborate to drive economic development in Connecticut.”
The governor says he intends to combine the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) business recruitment efforts with the Connecticut Economic Resource Center (CERC), a nonprofit corporation and public-private partnership that provides business and economic development services to Connecticut businesses.
RECOGNIZING CONNECTICUT’S TALENT POOL
Lamont also emphasized Connecticut’s talent. “We’ve always had the best-trained workforce in the world,” he said. “We are the Silicon Valley of manufacturing.”
In terms of enhancing the state’s workforce, Lamont spoke about technology and business development, including news about Infosys locating in Hartford, creating jobs, and contributing to the city’s economic growth. “What is the next generation of talent we need?” he questioned.
Transportation was another topic of discussion, “We can’t get this state growing unless we get the state moving,” added Lamont. “I need the help from the business community, and I need the help from the labor community.”
ENCOURAGING GLOBAL BUSINESS
“Global Business is essential to a thriving economy and growth in Connecticut,” said World Affairs Council of Connecticut CEO Megan Torrey, who attended the breakfast.
“It was clear from the Governor’s remarks that he’s open to promoting Connecticut on the global stage. This will be important for our future—it’s also encouraging to see the other leaders in the room embrace Connecticut’s global role,” she added.
Overall, Lamont said he wants to give people a sense of what the state could look like in five to 10 years and why people want to stay here. “I want to showcase Connecticut internationally,” he said. “There’s a lot of pride, hope and confidence in the state.”
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The MetroHartford Alliance hosts several networking breakfasts throughout the year that enable investors and the general public to network and hear community leaders discuss ideas and issues related to our region.
Mark your calendar for our next breakfast event:
State of the City: A Conversation with Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin
Tuesday, March 12, 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Marriott Hartford Downtown
200 Columbus Boulevard
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