Blog & Vlog

  • The State Budget and Structural Reform, Part 6

    Sep 04, 2015
    At times, Connecticut has been innovative, creative and resilient in adopting sustainable and strategic technology. Because our State adopted certain technologies relatively early, our legacy systems now need “next generation” solutions. This post examines the need to modernize the State of Connecticut's information technology systems. Recommendations include the development of a statewide IT strategy, elevating the Chief Information Officer position to report to the Governor, and leveraging industry expertise through private sector participation in a new legislative committee focused on this issue.
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  • The State Budget and Structural Reform, Part 5

    Aug 24, 2015
    Connecticut has committed to using significant public resources to serve those in need. This post examines the lack of integration among our seven state human services agencies and the critical role of the nonprofit service provider community. State government and the nonprofit community should partner to develop more cost-effective and efficient solutions for both clients and the agencies who serve them. Suggestions include creating a cross-agency human services organization, accelerating data collection and sharing, and adopting best practices from other states.
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  • The State Budget and Structural Reform, Part 4

    Aug 18, 2015
    Connecticut’s public service delivery system lacks coordination and consistency. Our public spending is outstripping economic growth and fails to demonstrate the value necessary to attract new business investment. Our State could increase both efficiency and effectiveness by, among other things, aligning spending with strategic objectives, creating a shared-services strategy that uses advanced information technology to more effectively manage service delivery, and delivering educational services on a regional scale.
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  • The State Budget and Structural Reform, Part 3

    Aug 10, 2015
    Connecticut, like many states, faces the worst fiscal crisis in a generation: managing the cost of retired state employee pensions and benefits. The funding crisis for pensions and other post-employment benefits (OPEB) is particularly burdensome for Connecticut as it struggles to manage a $47.2 billion unfunded obligation to retiring state employees. Connecticut must use all means at its disposal to reduce its liability while maintaining a fair level of benefits for Connecticut state retirees and current employees.
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  • The State Budget and Structural Reform, Part 2

    Aug 03, 2015
    The cost of Connecticut's correction, parole and probation systems is high and growing fast. While steps have been taken to improve these systems, much more can still be done. Connecticut must approach its prison system comprehensively to achieve the right balance among factors such as the cost of the system, imposing appropriate justice for criminal activity, and ensuring public safety.
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  • Love It or Hate It, It Is Time to Go Back to School.

    Jul 30, 2015
    It’s that time of year again: time to go back to school, and, time to go back-to-school shopping. Some families may decide to purchase school supplies and forgo paying the electric bill just so their children can fully participate in school activities. Thousands of families in our state make choices like this each day.
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  • The State Budget and Structural Reform, Part 1

    Jul 27, 2015
    Findings show that Connecticut’s long-term care (LTC) system is out of balance and in dire need of restructuring. “Rebalancing” describes efforts to provide recipients of LTC with increased options, particularly the expansion of appropriate community and home-based options.
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    • structural reform
    • state budget
    • CT21
    • CT 21
    • Connecticut Institute for the 21st Century
  • Video Blog: The Connecticut Health Council and Technology in Healthcare

    Jul 16, 2015
    Brian Boyer of MetroHartford Alliance and Amy Cunningham of the Connecticut Health Council discuss the Council's mission and programs - including the Technology in Healthcare breakfast program in New Haven on July 22 with keynote speaker Harlan M. Krumholz, MD, of Yale University and Yale-New Haven Hospital and expert panelists.
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  • Video Blog: 2015 Travelers Championship and MetroHartford Alliance Fan Zone

    Jun 15, 2015
    Nancy Wheeler, the Alliance's Vice President of Investor Relations, and Brian Boyer, Vice President of Marketing and Communications, discuss the 2015 Travelers Championship and the Alliance's sponsorship of the Fan Zone.
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  • Expanding Contracting of Social Services with Private Providers

    May 18, 2015
    One troubling outcome of Connecticut’s repeating cycle of budget shortfalls is cuts to key nonprofit community health and human service programs that support the state’s most vulnerable citizens. From supporting children and adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities to helping residents with mental health or substance use disorders, these programs provide critical services to those that need them most.
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  • Video Blog: 2015 Actuarial Boot Camp

    May 05, 2015
    Susan Winkler, Executive Director of the Connecticut Insurance and Financial Services Cluster, discusses the Cluster's Actuarial Boot Camp program for high school seniors and college freshmen with Brian Boyer of MetroHartford Alliance.
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    • insurance
    • financial services
    • CT IFS
    • actuary
    • actuaries
  • Outsourcing services, Medicaid reform, regionalism key to restoring CT’s competitiveness

    Apr 14, 2015
    By working constructively with Gov. Malloy and the legislature, we can adopt structural reforms that will send an unmistakable signal to Connecticut's residents and its private sector that we have the political will to move the state to more stable and sustainable fiscal cycles that will be the basis for a prosperous economic future for all.
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  • Video Blog: Public Policy Update

    Apr 09, 2015
    Patrick McGloin and Brian Boyer of MetroHartford Alliance discuss our letter to Governor Malloy suggesting improvements to the 2016-17 Connecticut budget, next steps and upcoming public policy events.
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  • Video Blog: MetroHartford Alliance 2015 Strategic Planning and Annual Celebration

    Mar 16, 2015
    In the Alliance's first video blog, Oz Griebel and Brian Boyer discuss the 2015 Investor Engagement Survey, our strategic planning process and the Annual Celebration to be held on March 23.
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  • Calling All Visionaries

    Feb 10, 2015
    As the new chair of the MetroHartford Alliance, I’ve been asked to gaze into my crystal ball and reveal what the future holds for our capital city and region. I don’t claim to have the power of prognostication, but I can make a reasonable prediction based on current progress, challenges and opportunities. And, I can say with certainty that together we can shape the future by our actions and choices today.
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  • Business community must play key role in Hartford's revival

    Dec 02, 2014
    Recent renovations downtown have temporarily changed my normal morning commute, leaving me with two other options for getting to work. One ride is about 10 minutes shorter than the other. I take the longer way.
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  • The Insurance Capital: Promoting the title

    Nov 04, 2014
    Chances are there is a friend, neighbor or family member who is currently part of the over 100,000 employed by Connecticut's insurance and financial services industry.
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  • Collaboration Will Make a Healthy Difference

    Sep 18, 2014
    Today’s healthcare landscape presents serious challenges and energizing new opportunities that, if properly addressed, provide the impetus for significantly advancing the overall health of our nation and optimal health outcomes for individuals.
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  • Employers Must Play Key Role in Millennial Civic Engagement

    Aug 25, 2014
    Millennials are the current and future leaders of our community. They contribute to our workforce, vibrant neighborhoods and economic development. This group is also passionate about the social issues that impact our community on a daily basis, like healthcare, education, the environment and the overall political climate. Millennials can be outspoken and influential, and it is vital that local organizations and employers foster and harness their energy and enthusiasm.
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    • Millennials
    • Hartford Young Professional and Entrepreneurs
  • ALICE: Forgotten in Wonderland

    Jul 22, 2014
    "ALICE, although employed, does not make enough to afford the basics of housing, childcare, food, healthcare and transportation," writes Julian McKinley of United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut. "She is one life-emergency away from disaster, with little or no savings."
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    • United Way
    • income
    • ALICE