January 14: The "Business" of Higher Education
Learn more about how the Consortium for Higher Education (HCHE) is creating a culture of vibrancy and innovation for local college students, and how this work reinforces the economic, social, and cultural impact of higher education on our region. We'll be joined by: Dr. Martin Estey, Executive Director, HCHE; Dr. Wilfredo Nieves, President, Capital Community College, Chairman of the Board, HCHE; Amy Molinaro, Director of Career Beginnings; Brianna Landry, Manchester HS; Erin Haberman, Director of Community Relations at Travelers and Program Officer for the Travelers Foundation.
January 7: The State's Economy and a Conversation with Luke Bronin
The first segment will examine the State's economic forecast for 2017 and highlight the upcoming CBIA Economic Summit + Outlook on January 9. The second segment will look at several challenges facing Hartford and what is being done to chart the path to the successful urban core, which will be addressed at the Rising Star Breakfast featuring Mayor Bronin on January 10. We'll be joined by Peter Gioia, Economist, CBIA; Lalitha Shivaswamy, Founder & President, Helios Management Corp.; and Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin.
December 17: Cyclocross National Championships Comes to Hartford
Learn more about the upcoming 2017 Hartford Cyclocross National Championships from guests: Mike Zaleski, President and CEO of Riverfront Recapture; Sara Bronin, Chair, Planning and Zoning Commission; Tony Cherolis, Program Manager, Center for Latino Progress, BiCi Co Program Coordinator; David Hoyle, Executive Director, CT Cycling Advancement Program; and Tara McCarthy, Events Manager, USA Cycling National.
December 10: Connecticut Spending Cap and Hartford Development
Learn more about two vital topics: Connecticut's state spending cap and Hartford development, including an XL Center update, housing, and some key neighborhood initiatives. Guests included State Representative Jonathan Steinberg (136th Assembly District - Westport); Senator Robert Kane (32nd Senatorial District - Watertown, Bethlehem, Bridgewater, Middlebury, Oxford, Roxbury, Seymour, Southbury, Washington, and Woodbury); and Michael Freimuth, Executive Director, Capital Region Development Authority.
December 3: Winter Hartford Happenings
Learn more about Hartford's seasonal activities from guests representing iQuilt, Hartford Stage, Buzz Engine, the Wadsworth, Sea Tea Improv Theater, TheaterWorks, and The Bushnell.
November 26: HYPE Year In Review
Learn more about HYPE's Tons of Toys event and other community activities throughout 2016. Guests included: Kim Lundy, Executive Director and Jackie Valliere, Program Director.
November 19: 2016 Presidential Election Recap
Learn more about the impact of this year's Presidential Election on our nation and state, and why it was so polarizing and intense. Guests included: Chris Barnes, Managing Director, Market Strategies International, and David Cappiello, President, Capitol Hill Group, LLC.
November 11: Spirit of Entrepreneurship
Listen to learn more about the role of entrepreneurs and startups on our City and Region. Guests included: Mark Lasoff, serial entrepreneur and founder of learntoprogram.tv, skreenz.com; John Vaselina, WeHaWorks; and Ben Simmons-Telep, Program Director, reSet.
October 15: DC Forum Recap
Learn more about the health care conversation that took place at the Connecticut Health Council's DC Forum last month, and the impact it has on your business and family. Guests included: Jason Madrak, Vice President, CT Regional Market, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care; Mike Hyde, VP External Affairs and Strategic Partnerships, The Jackson Laboratory; and Amy Cunningham, Executive Director, Connecticut Health Council.
October 8: Reach Your Summit
Hear more about the upcoming Connecticut Insurance and Financial Services' 2016 Insurance Market Summit, which will explore the variety and magnitude of global forces - technological, geopolitical and regulatory - that are driving industries worldwide to maneuver, reinvent and evolve. We'll be joined by Susan Winkler, Executive Director, CT IFS; Tina Wilson, CFA, AIF, Senior Vice President, Investment Solutions Innovation, Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company ("MassMutual"); and Michael Rogers, Author and Principal, Practical Futurist (Opening Keynote).
October 1: The Beauty of Entrepreneurship
Listen to learn more about the role of entrepreneurs and startups on our City and Region. Guests included: Brenda S. Mierzejewski, President/Founder, MIZZI COSMETICS; Andrea Cortez, Founder, Tainted Inc.; and Holly Wheeler, Founder, Field To Face Organic Beauty.
September 24: Model United Nations’ Impact on Community
The Alliance's most recent "Pulse of the Region" radio show is now available online. Listen to learn more about the World Affairs Council of CT’s Model United Nations Program, the of global education in Connecticut, and the leadership skills and global competency gained by these talented local students through participation in the Model UN. Guests included Megan Torrey, Executive Director; World Affairs Council of CT; Marlene Ferreira, Program Officer – Hartford, Lincoln Financial Foundation; Greg Frank Social studies coordinator from, South Windsor; and Allen Haugh, student Farmington High School.
August 18: Greatest Hits and Literacy Kits
Listen to Paula S. Gilberto, President and CEO, United Way and Iris Rich, Executive Director of the Women's League Child Development Center, discuss how you can engage in literacy work in our community. Volunteer today and play a role to improve the City and Region.
August 11: The Spirit of Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Listen to energetic and innovative entrepreneurs discuss their experiences starting their own businesses in the spirits industry. Guests included: Nan Price, Website Curator, Innovation Destination: Hartford; Tony Karlowicz, CEO and Co-Founder, Back East Brewing Company; and Tom Dubay, CEO & Wild Life Manager, Hartford Flavor Company, and Lelaneia Dubay, Creatrix, Hartford Flavor Company. Show your spirit.
August 4: Live at the Travelers Championship
Listen to Alliance Strategic Partners talk about their engagement in the tournament and the community. Hear Kim Kann, Marketing Director at ConnectiCare; Ken Burns, Executive Vice President, and Head of Retail Operations at Farmington Bank; and Tracy McKaveney, Senior Manager at MahoneySabol discuss their efforts to make this Region a center for business and charitable work.
July 30: Travelers Championship: Beyond the Golf
Listen to Tara Gerber, Senior Director of Strategy & Partnerships, Travelers Championship to hear about what's happening at this year's Travelers Championship .. beyond the golf. Kim Lundy, HYPE Deputy Director, also highlights the growth and importance of HYPE's Tee it Up for Charity event.
July 23: Hartford Happenings
Listen to Mike Zaleski, president and CEO of Riverfront Recapture; Chip McCabe, Director of Marketing for the Hartford Business Improvement District; and David Fay, President and CEO, Bushnell Theater, discuss the arts and cultural events – and their economic impact – taking place in our Capital City. Listen now.
July 16: Aspirations, Visions for Startup Businesses
Listen to Ben Simmons-Telep, Programs Director, reSET; Erica White, CT College/Career Counselor, Founder of RepVisits; and Adriel Rodriguez, Head of Marketing, AmRide, discuss their aspirations for the Hartford Region's entrepreneurial community and their first-hand experiences launching startup companies.
July 9: State of Hartford with Mayor Luke Bronin
Hear our one-on-one with Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin as he discusses some of the major issues impacting the businesses and residents of our Capital City, including the budget, youth employment, crime and Dunkin Donuts Park.
July 2: Wellness in the Workplace
Listen to Tom Nickels, Executive Vice President for Government Relations and Public Policy, American Hospital Association; Jim Shmerling, President and CEO of Connecticut Children's Medical Center; and Nancy Bernstein, President and CEO, Women’s Health Connecticut discuss what is trending in health care and the value of the Connecticut Health Council’s DC Forum in September.
June 25: Startups, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
The Alliance's most recent "Pulse of the Region" radio show is now available online. Listen to Kevin Bouley, President of Nerac; Rajiv Pande, Ph.D., President and CEO, Smpl Bio; and Mike Cocuzza , CEO, EnviroPower, discuss their views of innovation and startups in the Hartford Region, and their challenges and success as entrepreneurs. Prepare to be inspired. You can see and hear many more stories at Innovation Destination: Hartford.
June 18: Wellness in the Workplace
Listen to David Atkinson, Well-being leader and Senior Strategist, PriceWatersHouseCooper, and Jonathan Theroux, Director of Total Rewards, Human Resources, Brooks Brothers, Inc. discuss the purpose of workplace wellness programs and their impact on health care costs.
June 11: FORE! Get Ready for the Travelers Championship
Listen to Nathan Grube, Tournament Director, Travelers Championship, and Andy Bessette, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer at Travelers, discuss the economic and social impact of the 2016 Travelers Championship which will take place August 1-7 at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell. This aligns with the Alliance’s work in marketing our region successfully.
June 4: Hartford Region’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem
We spoke with Jessica Dodge, Senior Program Associate, CTNext; Lalitha Shivaswamy, President, Helios Management Corp; and, Eric Knight, Founder and President of Remarkable Technologies, Inc. about the work of the Alliance, its partners and investors in promoting entrepreneurship and innovation in the Hartford Region. Hear about the path to success.
May 28: HYPE 10th and Hartford Renaissance
We took a look at two initiatives that are growing a more vibrant Capital City and Region, both of which have ties to Downtown Hartford: Hartford Young Professionals & Entrepreneurs and the Capital Region Development Authority. Our guests were Kim Lundy, HYPE Deputy Director; Jackie Valliere, HYPE Program Specialist; and Mike Freimuth, Executive Director of CRDA. Listen to what all the “HYPE” is about. Listen now.
May 21: Talking Baseball with Rob Dibble and the Hartford Yard Goats
We spoke with former MLB player Rob Dibble, host of the Rob Dibble Show on iHeart MEDIA's 97.9 ESPN FM; Jeff Dooley, voice of the Hartford Yard Goats; and General Manager Tim Restall of the Yard Goats about baseball's role in bringing a community together and how the Yard Goats' first season is shaping up. Listen now.
May 14: A First-Hand Look at Entrepreneurship in Connecticut
We learned what it's really like to get a new business off the ground in Connecticut. Our guests included Ojala Naeem, Managing Director of reSET, the Social Enterprise Trust, and two entrepreneurs: Adam Lazar, CEO of Asarasi, Inc.; and Nick Pontacoloni, Founder and CEO of MyHomePro Network. Listen now.
May 7: Five Years of Downtown Hartford's iQuilt Plan
In this episode, we celebrated five years of the iQuilt Plan to make Downtown Hartford greener and more walkable. We looked at the initiative's accomplishments so far and what lies ahead with guests Ronna Reynolds, Executive Vice President of The Bushnell and a founding member of iQuilt; Bonnie Malley, Phoenix CFO and former iQuilt and MetroHartford Alliance Board Chair; and Jackie Mandyck, iQuilt's Managing Director. Listen now.
April 30: Why Israeli Innovators Are Making Connecticut Home
We learned why some highly innovative Israeli companies are choosing to locate their U.S. operations in Connecticut - and we heard about an upcoming Showcase of their technologies. Our guests were Bob Santy, President and CEO of the Connecticut Economic Resource Center, Inc. (CERC) and Howard Sovronsky, President and CEO of Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford. Listen now.
April 23: Using Provider Quality Ratings to Improve Consumer Healthcare Decisions
We discussed the changing healthcare marketplace and how provider quality ratings can help consumers make better healthcare decisions with guests Doris Peter, PhD, Director of the Consumer Reports Health Ratings Center, and Steven F. Schutzer, MD, Medical Director of the Connecticut Joint Replacement Institute at Saint Francis and President of Connecticut Joint Replacement Surgeons, LLC. Listen now.
April 19, 2016: Special Live Edition - MetroHartford Alliance Annual Celebration
The Alliance celebrated its 15th anniversary during the 2016 Annual Celebration, held Tuesday, April 19 at The Bushnell. The program featured a live version of our 'Pulse of the Region' radio show with special guests from across our City and Region. Click here for a video and more.
April 16, 2016: Mayor Bronin's First 100 Days and the 2016 Legislative Session
Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin talked about his first 100 days in office and we got an update on Connecticut's 2016 Legislative Session from State Representatives Christopher Davis and John Hampton and political analyst Spencer Cain of Cain Associates LLC. Listen now.
April 9, 2016: What's Hot in Hartford This Spring and Summer
In this episode, we explored what's hot (and we don't mean the temperatures) in our Capital City this spring and summer. Our guests were Mike Zaleski of Riverfront Recapture, Mary Zeman of Bushnell Park Foundation, and Charles Christie of the Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz. Listen now.
April 2, 2016: Rebuilding a Better I-84 in Hartford
We learned about issues with - and solutions for - the stretch of I-84 from Flatbush Avenue to I-91. Our guests were Richard Armstrong, Principal Engineer with the Connecticut Department of Transportation, and David Stahnke, PE, Principal/Senior Vice President of TranSystems. Listen now.
March 26, 2016: Batter Up! 'Pulse' Radio Show Talks Baseball in the Hartford Region
We discussed what lies ahead for the 2016 baseball season with Tim Restall, General Manager of the Hartford Yard Goats; Chris Knobluck, Media Relations and Broadcasting Manager for the New Britain Bees; Justin Blood, Baseball Coach at the University of Hartford; and Joe Giangreco, President of the West Hartford Little League. Listen now.
March 19, 2016: A Statewide Initiative to Improve Healthcare for All of Us
We learned about Connecticut's State Innovation Model (SIM) Initiative, which brings payers, providers and community stakeholders together to improve health system performance, increase quality of care and decrease costs while addressing healthcare inequities. Our guests were Mark Schaefer, PhD, Director of Healthcare Innovation with Connecticut's SIM Program Management Office, and with Mario Garcia, MD, MSc, MPH, SIM Population Health Director with the Connecticut Department of Public Health. Listen now.
March 12, 2016: The Past, Present and Future of HYPE at 10 Years
In this episode, we looked back at 10 years of HYPE (Hartford Young Professionals and Entrepreneurs) and learned about this vibrant Alliance initiative's plans for the future. Our guests included Scott Davis, Vice President, Willis Towers Watson, the first Chair of HYPE; Adam McLaughlin, Senior Vice President, Webster Bank, HYPE's current Chair; HYPE Executive Director Julie Daly Meehan; Dan O'Brien, Owner of uberdog and a HYPE Entrepreneurship Award recipient; and HYPE Chair Elect Mitch Jackson, Associate Project Manager with UnitedHealth Group and Managing Partner of Northeast Payments. Listen now.
March 5, 2016: Hartford Decides: a New Participatory Budgeting Program
In this episode, we took a closer look at participatory budgeting, a democratic process in which community members decide how to spend part of a public budget. Hartford Decides is the first of these programs in the State of Connecticut. We spoke with Linda Bayer, Legislative Assistant with the City of Hartford and Civic Engagement Consultant with Hartford 2000; Andre Santiago, Co-Chair of the Hartford Decides Steering Committee and a Program Director at Leadership Greater Hartford; and Logan Singerman, a Hartford Decides Action Team representative and AmeriCorps VISTA Leader with Hands On Hartford. Listen now.
February 27, 2016: The Interplay of Housing, Hunger and Economic Development
This episode featured a compelling conversation about the impact of housing and hunger issues on economic development and how to create a more economically vibrant, sustainable community for all of us. Our guests included James Arena-DeRosa, President and Chief Executive Officer of Foodshare, Inc.; Janice Elliott, Executive Director of Melville Charitable Trust; and Rosanne Haggerty, President of Community Solutions. Listen now.
February 20, 2016: The New Face of Drug Addiction and the Connecticut Health Council's 'Did You Know' Campaign
We spoke with Patricia Rehmer, Senior Vice President of the Behavioral Health Network at Hartford HealthCare, about the prescription opioid crisis here in Connecticut and across the nation. We learned about rising rates of illicit drug use and the brain pathways that make prescription opioids especially dangerous. We also spoke with Amy Cunningham, Executive Director of the Connecticut Health Council, about the Council's 'Did You Know' campaign to raise awareness of the health sector's impact in our State. Listen now. Click here for a list of statewide resources for prescription drug and heroin abuse or here for a list of medication-assisted treatment facilities in the Hartford HealthCare Behavioral Health Network.
February 13, 2016: International Business Investment in Connecticut
In this episode, Jason J. Giulietti, Vice President of Business Recruitment at the Connecticut Economic Resource Center (CERC), gave us a behind-the-scenes look at the process of bringing international businesses to Connecticut. We also spoke with Tanya Potcova, Marketing Director at Biological Industries USA, Inc., about her Israeli organization's decision to expand in Connecticut. Listen now.
February 6, 2016: Entrepreneurship and Innovation on Connecticut Campuses
We learned what two local universities - UConn and the University of Hartford - are doing to create campus environments that nurture entrepreneurship. Our guests included Michelle Cote, Managing Director of the Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CCEI) at UConn; Matthew Hanley, a fourth-year doctoral student and participant in CCEI's Accelerate UConn program and UConn's Biomedical Entrepreneurship class; Sandra Cahill, Director of the University of Hartford's Entrepreneurial Center; and Milena Erwin, Program Manager of the Women's Business Center within UHart's Entrepreneurial Center. Listen now.
January 30, 2016: The State Legislative Session and Constitutional Budget Amendments
Christine Stuart, Editor in Chief of CT News Junkie, and Christopher Keating, Capitol Bureau Chief at the Hartford Courant, joined us for a preview of the Connecticut Legislative Session. We were also joined by Spencer Cain, President, Cain Associates LLC, and attorney John M. Horak, a Stockholder at Reid and Riege, P.C., who discussed Connecticut's constitutional spending cap and the transportation lockbox. Listen now.
January 23, 2016: A Conversation with Connecticut's U.S. Senators
In this episode, we spoke with U.S. Senators Christopher Murphy and Richard Blumenthal about economic development and transportation projects in our State, Connecticut's business climate, foreign affairs and more. Listen now.
January 16, 2016: Depression in the Workplace
We learned about the significant business cost and human impact of depression in the workplace - and what employers can do to mitigate them. Our guests were Donna DeWan, MS, MA, LPC, LMT, Director of Corporate Programs at the National Council for Behavioral Health; Stan Schapiro, LCSW, Senior Vice President of Adult Services at CHR; and Daniel J. Fallon, LPC, CEAP, Program Manager, Employee Assistance Programs at Wheeler Clinic. Listen now.
January 9, 2016: Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin Shares His Vision for Hartford
We spoke with Mayor Bronin about his experiences on the campaign trail, his plans for the City and how he will engage businesses, residents and other stakeholders to advance Hartford and the Region. Listen now.
January 2, 2016: Connecticut's Economic Outlook
We discussed Connecticut's economic outlook including the state budget, the health sector's contributions to the economy, and the implications of improving our State's transportation system. Our guests were Peter Gioia, Vice President and Economist with the Connecticut Business & Industry Association (CBIA); Elliot Joseph, President and CEO of Hartford HealthCare; and Cameron Staples, President and CEO of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and Chair of the Governor's Transportation Finance Panel. Listen now.
2015 December 26, 2015: 'Pulse of the Region' 2015 Highlights, Part II
Part Two of our look back at 2015. Over the past year, we've covered a variety of topics including entrepreneurship, the state budget and transportation, and we've featured more than 100 guests - most of whom are Alliance Investors. Listen now. December 19, 2015: 'Pulse of the Region' 2015 Highlights, Part I
We looked back at some of the highlights from our 2015 episodes. Over the past year, we've covered a variety of topics from education and politics to sports and recreation and featured more than 100 guests, most of whom are Alliance Investors. Listen now. December 12, 2015: Volunteerism and Community Services
We learned how three different community organizations are improving the lives of our neighbors - and how you can get involved. Our guests were Jack Soos, a Pratt & Whitney employee and member of United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut's Emerging Leaders Society; Ruth Hayes, Chief Development and Communications Officer at Oak Hill; and James Arena-DeRosa, President and CEO of Foodshare. Listen now.
December 5, 2015: A One-On-One with Governor Dannel P. Malloy
We spoke with Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy about the state budget, pension reform, transportation, the constitutional spending cap and other issues with the potential to affect Connecticut's economy and business climate. Listen now.
November 28, 2015: The 2016 U.S. Presidential Race
We took a deeper look into the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign including the stable of candidates and current voter opinion, the significance of polls, and the New Hampshire primary coming up in February. Our guests were Neil Levesque, Executive Director of the New Hampshire Institute of Politics and Political Library (NHIOP) at Saint Anselm College, and Jennifer Dineen, Program Director of the Graduate Program in Survey Research at UConn's Department of Public Policy. Listen now.
November 21, 2015: Jobs for America's Graduates, Connecticut
We learned about Jobs for America's Graduates, Connecticut (JAG CT) - a program that helps at-risk youth stay in school, develop leadership skills and prepare for successful careers. Our guests were Liz Dupont-Diehl, Director of JAG CT; Steve Pynn, a JAG CT Advisory Board member, educational consultant and retired principal; and Justine Meyer, the JAG CT Coordinator at Manchester High School. Listen now.
November 14, 2015: Winterfest Hartford
We took a behind-the-scenes look at Winterfest Hartford, which runs from November 20 through January 24 in Bushnell Park. Our guests were Jackie Mandyck, Managing Director of the iQuilt Partnership; Bob Crawford, who operates the ice skating rink; and two key volunteers: Tyler Smith, President, SmithEdwardsMcCoy Architects, who runs the Learn to Skate program; and Lud Baldwin, who plays Santa Claus. Listen now.
November 7, 2015: Millennials and the Leadership Gap
We learned about engaging Millennials in the workplace and how to develop the next wave of leaders as Baby Boomers retire. Our guests included Millennial Workplace Expert and New York Times bestselling author Lindsey Pollak; Adam McLaughlin, Senior Vice President at Webster Bank; and Julie Daly Meehan, Executive Director of HYPE and the Alliance's Director of Investor Engagement and Digital Media. Listen now.
October 31, 2015: The University of Saint Joseph and Its Role in Our Region
We spoke with Rhona Free, PhD, President of the University of Saint Joseph, about the university's economic impact and collaborative efforts in Hartford and our Region. We also spoke with George M. Thomson, CPA/CVA, Principal and Director of Accounting and Auditing Services at Filomeno & Company, P.C. and Chair of the Alliance's Strategic Partner Council, and Rich Brown, the Alliance's Director of Investor Relations, about the Alliance and its role in the community. Listen now.
October 24, 2015: Healthcare Innovation in Connecticut
We talked with Ed Liu, M.D., President and CEO of The Jackson Laboratory; Catherine Smith, Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD); and Peter Bowers, M.D., Medical Director of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield about healthcare innovations taking place in Connecticut, including new business models in healthcare delivery, telemedicine, and the recent Forum on Healthcare Innovation. Listen now.
October 17, 2015: Insurance Market Disruption
We spoke with Susan Winkler, Executive Director of the Connecticut Insurance and Financial Services Cluster (CT IFS), and Tina Wilson, Senior Vice President of Retirement Services Product Management at MassMutual, about disruptive forces such as technology advances and consumer preferences that are propelling shifts in the insurance industry - and about the upcoming November 4 Insurance Market Summit that will explore this issue with experts from Google, CNET, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and more. Listen now.
October 10, 2015: Hartford's Republican and Independent Mayoral Candidates
Hartford mayoral candidates Ted Cannon (R) and Joel Cruz, Jr. (U) shared their views on jobs, education, public safety, economic development and more. Listen now.
October 3, 2015: Fall Sports in Our Region
We discussed the local fall sports lineup with basketball coaches from the University of Hartford and Central Connecticut State University and with hockey coaches from Trinity College and UConn. We also learned more about the Eversource Hartford Marathon. Listen now.
September 26, 2015: Hartford's Democratic Mayoral Candidate
Hartford Democratic mayoral candidate Luke Bronin discussed jobs, education, public safety, Downtown North development and other key issues. Listen now.
September 19, 2015: Fair Pricing in Pharmaceuticals
We spoke with James E. Sabin, MD, Director of the Ethics Program at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and Clinical Professor in the Department of Population Medicine and Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and with Kim Slocum, President of KDS Consulting, about the ethics of pricing specialty pharmaceuticals, the differing value paradigms that are applied to drugs and health care, and the difficulties that creates for both industry professionals and consumers. Listen now.
September 12, 2015: Metro Hartford Progress Points Report
We talked with Linda Kelly, President of Hartford Foundation for Public Giving; Lyle Wray, Executive Director of the Capitol Region Council of Governments; and Jason Rojas, Chief of Staff to the President and Director of Community Relations at Trinity College about the Foundation's recently released 2015 Metro Hartford Progress Points Report. We learned about collaborative efforts and solutions to make the Hartford Region a better place for everyone to live and work. We also took a closer look at the impact of declining school enrollment and school choice, the best opportunities for work at a living wage and the role of housing and transit in building stronger neighborhoods. Listen now.
September 5, 2015: Hartford Public Schools Superintendent Beth Schiavino-Narvaez
We spoke with Beth Schiavino-Narvaez, Superintendent of Hartford Public Schools, about her first year on the job, the district's five-year strategic plan, and new initiatives designed to improve reading proficiency, high school graduation and college acceptance rates. Listen now.
August 29, 2015: A New Website for the Entrepreneurial Community
Our guests were web developer Carl Fazzina of Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT) and Tim Laubacher of LaunchEZ. We discussed their work with the MetroHartford Alliance, Co-Communications, and writer and editor Nan Price on a comprehensive new website for entrepreneurs - Innovation Destination: Hartford - which will premiere September 18. Listen now.
August 22, 2015: The Upcoming Congressional Session and Its Potential Impact on Business
We spoke with Jack Howard, Senior Vice President for Congressional and Public Affairs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, about the current state of affairs in Washington, D.C., the upcoming Congressional session and federal public policy issues that could significantly impact business. Listen now.
August 15, 2015: Economic Development in Connecticut
We surveyed the varied terrain of our State's economic development initatives with Tim Sullivan, Deputy Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD). We learned about tourism efforts, brownfield redevelopment, transit-oriented development and more. Listen now.
August 8, 2015: The Challenges of ALICE: 'Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed'
One in four Connecticut households earns above the Federal Poverty Level but still can't make ends meet. On this 'Pulse of the Region,' we learned about these 'ALICE' families and their struggles. Our guests included Susan Dunn, President and CEO of United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut; Greg Toczydlowski, Executive Vice President for Business Insurance at The Travelers Companies, Inc.; and Karen Perham-Lippman, Manager of Community Investment for Comcast, Western New England Region. Listen now.
August 1, 2015: The Economic Impact of Bradley International Airport and Surrounding Towns
We spoke with Kevin Dillon, Executive Director of the Connecticut Airport Authority; Patrick McMahon, Economic Development Director for the Town of Suffield; and The Honorable Jim Hayden, First Selectman of the Town of East Granby about the role of Bradley International Airport and the surrounding areas in our Region's economic vitality. We learned about how routes are developed, upcoming changes to the airport, and Foreign Trade Zone #71. Listen now.
July 25, 2015: Revitalizing Our Riverfront
We talked with Riverfront Recapture, Inc.'s new President and CEO, Mike Zaleski, about the organization's work to revitalize the Connecticut River and adjacent communities in central Connecticut. From the Dragon Boat Festival to Riverwalk South, we discussed programs and projects that are breathing new life into the riverfront. Listen now.
July 18, 2015: Pre-Season Football Preview with UConn, CCSU and Trinity Head Coaches
This episode featured a conversation with UConn's Bob Diaco, CCSU's Peter Rossomando and Trinity's Jeff Devanney. We got a sneak peek at the upcoming football season and learned more about the role of collegiate athletics in our local community. Listen now.
July 11, 2015: The Impact of Technology on Healthcare
This week's 'Pulse' featured an in-depth discussion about current challenges in the field of medicine and the potential of digital data to improve healthcare. Our guests were Harlan M. Krumholz, MD, SM, Harold H. Hines, Jr., Professor of Medicine at Yale University and Director of the Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation (CORE) at Yale-New Haven Hospital, and Tej Anand, Ed.D., Chief Technology Officer at CareCentrix. Listen now.
July 4, 2015: The Past, Present and Future of Connecticut's Transportation Infrastructure
We discussed the tremendous backlog of transportation infrastructure projects in our State; 'Let's Go Connecticut!', Governor Malloy's 30-year plan to address our transportation needs; and how to fund the estimated $100 billion investment required to accomplish the upgrades. We spoke with two members of Governor Malloy's Transportation Finance Panel: Cameron Staples, former House Chairman of the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee for the Connecticut General Assembly and now the President and CEO of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; and Emil Frankel, former Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Transportation and now an independent consultant and Senior Fellow at the Eno Center for Transportation. Listen now.
June 27, 2015: Broadcasting from the 2015 Travelers Championship
We headed out to the 2015 Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands to talk with some special investors to about their engagement in the tournament and the MetroHartford Alliance Fan Zone. Guests included: Amanda Santoro, Brand Relations Manager, Lego; Tim Bergstrom, Regional President, Head of Business Banking – Connecticut, Webster; Eric Daniels, Partner, Robinson & Cole; and Kim Lundy, HYPE Deputy Director and Jackie Valliere, HYPE Program Specialist. Listen now.
June 20, 2015: Fill Your Calendar with Fun in Our Capital City
We looked ahead at a wide range of exciting summer events in Hartford with Jordan Polon, Marketing Director of the Hartford Business Improvement District; Mike Zaleski, President and CEO of Riverfront Recapture, Inc., Hartford Investor; and Charles Christie, President of the Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz. Listen now.
June 13, 2015: The State Budget and a Special Session
We discussed the FY'16-FY'17 state budget and 2015 Legislative Session with Spencer Cain, President of Cain Associates LLC, and Christine Stuart, Editor of CTNewsJunkie.com. Topics included tax changes and their implications for Connecticut's businesses, funding a transportation overhaul, and what the politics of the budget's passage may signify for the upcoming special session. Listen now.
June 6, 2015: The iQuilt Plan to Beautify Hartford
We took a closer look at the iQuilt Plan to connect Hartford's cultural assets and create a greener, more walkable downtown. We spoke with Jackie Mandyck, Managing Director of iQuilt, and Doug Suisman, Principal of Suisman Urban Design, about the plan's progress, its future and simple ways we all can help it succeed. Listen now.
May 30, 2015: The Rich Role of UConn in Advancing Our Region
We spoke with University of Connecticut President Susan Herbst about her academic career, why she came to UConn and the many opportunities the university offers to advance our Region's economy and cultural life. Listen now.
May 23, 2015: The State Budget and Its Impact on Our Economy
We discussed the current proposals for the FY2016 - FY2017 state budget and their implications for the private sector and Connecticut's economy. We were joined by Tom Filomeno, President, Filomeno & Company, P.C., and Chris Keating, Capitol Bureau Chief at the Hartford Courant. Listen now.
May 16, 2015: The Intersection of Business and Education in Hartford
We discussed why education reform matters to the business community, creating pathways for Hartford students to achieve self-sufficiency as adults, and helping Hartford Public Schools close the achievement gap. Our guests included Paul Diego Holzer, Executive Director, Achieve Hartford!; Martin Estey, Ph.D., Executive Director, Hartford Consortium for Higher Education; and Marlene Ibsen, CEO & President, Travelers Foundation. Listen now.
May 9, 2015: Health Care Reform
We examined the impact of health care reform on payers, providers and consumers with Amy Cunningham, Executive Director of the Connecticut Health Council; Michelle Zettergren, Senior Vice President and Chief Sales & Marketing Officer for ConnectiCare; Ken Lalime, CEO of HealthyCT; and Jill Hummel, President of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Connecticut. Listen now.
May 2, 2015: 2015 Travelers Championship
We took a closer look at the Travelers Championship with Nathan Grube, Tournament Director, and Tara Gerber, Senior Director of Strategy and Partnerships, and with Andy Bessette, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer at The Travelers Companies, Inc. Listen now.
April 25, 2015: Casino Gaming in Connecticut
In this episode, we considered the current and future state of casino gaming in Connecticut. Our guests were Chairman Kevin Brown of the Mohegan Tribe and Chairman Rodney Butler of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation. Listen now.
April 18, 2015: Retaining College Graduates in the Hartford Region
We discussed ways to help ensure that local college graduates remain in our City and Region. We spoke with several leaders about their work in this area, including Andre Santiago, Program Director, Youth Programs at Leadership Greater Hartford; Monique Dumaine of Eastern Connecticut State University; Adam McLaughlin of Webster Bank, Chair of Hartford Young Professionals and Entrepreneurs (HYPE); and Scott Cleary of SMC Partners, LLC. Listen now.
April 11, 2015: Baseball in the Hartford Region
We looked at the many dimensions of baseball in our Region with Tim Restall, General Manager of the New Britain Rock Cats and the Hartford Yard Goats; Justin Blood, Head Baseball Coach at the University of Hartford; and Mike Michaud, President of The Miracle League of Connecticut. Listen now.
April 4, 2015: A Boot Camp for Actuaries
Each summer, hopeful actuaries-to-be spend a week of intensive study and hands-on learning in preparation for their actuarial exams. In our April 4, 2015, episode, we learned more about this unique program from Susan Winkler, Executive Director of the CT Insurance and Financial Services Cluster, which created and manages the Actuarial Boot Camp; Rochelle McCarthy, Human Resources Director of The Phoenix Companies, Inc., which sponsors the program; and Megan Gauer, a UCONN junior and past participant. Listen now.
March 28, 2015: Trinity College's Role in Our City and Region
We spoke with Trinity College President Joanne Berger-Sweeney, Ph.D., about Trinity's role in our City and Region, programs for undergraduate and graduate students, and athletics. Listen now.
March 21, 2015: State Transportation Plans, Progress and Policy
In this episode, Commissioner James P. Redeker of the Connecticut Department of Transportation; Michael Riley, President of The Motor Transport Association of Connecticut, Inc. (MTAC); and State Representative Tony Guerrera, House Chair of the Transportation Committee, discussed the Governor's 30-year plan to overhaul transportation in Connecticut; recent progress on CTfastrak and other projects; and the Alliance's position on transportation policy. Listen now.
March 14, 2015: Strategic Planning and the 2015 Business Champions Awards
This episode featured a conversation about the Alliance's strategic planning process with Linda Campanella, Owner and Principal of SOS Consulting Group, LLC and Bonnie Malley, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of The Phoenix Companies, Inc. and Chair of the MetroHartford Alliance. We also discussed the 2015 Business Champions Awards with Carolyn Stanworth, President and CEO of BL Companies, which received the Overall Business Champion Award in 2014. Listen now.
March 7, 2015: The American Men's Basketball Championship
Chris Lawrence of Global Spectrum, General Manager of XL Center and Rentschler Field; Mike Aresco, Commissioner of the American Athletic Conference; and Dom Amore, UCONN Men’s Basketball Insider at the Hartford Courant, discussed the American Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Championship and UConn's prospects for victory. Listen now.
February 28, 2015: Delivering Better Value to Healthcare Consumers
This episode featured Robert S. Kaplan, PhD, Senior Fellow and Marvin Bower Professor of Leadership Development, Emeritus at Harvard Business School, and Steven Schutzer, MD, Managing Director of the Connecticut Joint Replacement Institute and President of Connecticut Joint Replacement Surgeons, LLC, on a topic that affects our personal and collective bottom line. Listen now.
February 21, 2015: The Proposed State Budget
Veteran budget reporter Keith Phaneuf of The Connecticut Mirror and budget analyst Spencer Cain of Cain Associates LLC discussed key components, opportunities and challenges of Governor Malloy's proposed FY2016 - FY2017 budget. Listen now.
February 14, 2015: The Business of a Night on the Town
This episode featured a conversation on Hartford's dining, entertainment and hospitality industries with H. Scott Phelps, Interim President, and Bob Murdock, Director of Sports Marketing with the Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau; and Connor Geary, Manager of Ted's Montana Grill in the Front Street entertainment district. Listen now.
February 7, 2015: Civic Engagement, Business and the Arts
Cathy Malloy, CEO of the Greater Hartford Arts Council, an Alliance Strategic Partner, and Henry Timms, Executive Director of the 92nd Street Y, discussed the importance of civic engagement and the roles of the arts and business communities in making our Region a better place to live, work, play and raise a family. Listen now.
January 31, 2015: Entrepreneurship in the Hartford Region
We spoke with Rick Stevens of Severance Foods, Inc.; Garrett Kenny of Founders Pomade; and Evan Dobos of CivicLift about the role of entrepreneurs in our Region and the 2015 HYPE Entrepreneurship Awards. Listen now.
January 24, 2015: Focus on Mental Health
Linda Rosenberg, MSW, President and CEO of the National Council for Behavioral Health, and Kimberly L. Beauregard, LCSW, President and CEO of Intercommunity, Inc., joined us to discuss the impact of the Affordable Care Act on mental health service and payment models and the need for a mental health safety net. Listen now.
January 17, 2015: A Discussion with Hartford's Police Chiefs
We spoke with Hartford Chief of Police James Rovella and Deputy Chief Neville Brooks about the progress made in a number of Hartford neighborhoods; Project Longevity’s work to curb gang violence; the Police Athletic League, or PAL, which provides positive programming for inner city youth; and the Hartford Shooting Task Force. Listen now.
January 10, 2015: A Conversation with Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra
Mayor Pedro Segarra discussed development efforts in the City, an update on Hartford Public Schools, and the new Hartford Fire Department task force. Listen now.
January 3, 2015: A Conversation with Alliance Board Chair Bonnie Malley
We started off the new year by speaking with Bonnie Malley, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at The Phoenix Companies, Inc., and the Alliance’s 2015 Board Chair, about her engagement with and enthusiasm for our local community, the Alliance's strategic planning efforts, and her vision for Hartford, the Region, and the MetroHartford Alliance. Listen now.
December 27, 2014: 'Pulse of the Region' 2014 Highlights
In this episode, we took a look back at some memorable moments from 2014, including our discussions with Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra and Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy; a look at the evolving healthcare landscape with Reed Tuckson, MD, Managing Director of Tuckson Health Connections; and our conversation with Chris Lawrence, General Manager of XL Center, Rentschler Field & Hartford Wolf Pack Business Operations, and Michael Freimuth, Executive Director of the Capital Region Development Authority, about sports and entertainment in our Region. Listen now.
December 20, 2014: The State Budget and Its Challenges
Two experts on our State's budget - Spencer Cain, President of Cain Associates, and Keith Phaneuf, Budget Reporter for the Connecticut Mirror - joined us for a look at the 2015 legislative agenda, Connecticut's budget deficit, and potential solutions. Listen now.
December 13, 2014: The University of Hartford’s Contribution to Our Local Economy
President Walter Harrison of the University of Hartford joined us for a closer look at the University of Hartford, its role in our Region's talent pipeline, and its contributions to the economic vitality of Hartford and the surrounding towns. Listen now.
December 6, 2014: The Role of Elections on Healthcare Reform
In this episode, we discussed the implications of the 2014 elections on the Affordable Care Act, the importance of healthcare affordability and transparency, and what it all means for businesses and consumers in our State. Our guests were Robert J. Blendon, ScD, Professor of Health Policy and Political Analysis at Harvard School of Public Health, and Eric H. Schultz, President and CEO of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. Listen now.
November 29, 2014: Fostering Entrepreneurship in the Hartford Region
In Part 1 of this episode, we spoke with Ojala Naeem, Incubator and IT Manager at reSet: the Social Enterprise Trust, and with John Shemo, the Alliance's Vice President and Director of Economic Development, about the local entrepreneurial community and our organizations' joint work to foster new business. In Part 2, we spoke with Ira Yellen, Founder and Managing Director of Homecarematchkiosk.com and President of First Experience Communications, and with Tim Laubacher, Owner of Sound Web Solutions, LLC and Mob Action Games, LLC, about the critical role of mentors in entrepreneurship and an online portal that helps entrepreneurs find each other and mentors. Listen now.
November 22, 2014: Young Professionals and Philanthropy
Julie Daly Meehan, Executive Director of Hartford Young Professionals and Entrepreneurs (HYPE), an Alliance initiative, and Wanda Y. Correa, Senior Philanthropic Services Officer at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, discussed Millennials' unique perspective on philanthropy and how charitable organizations can engage them. Listen now.
November 15, 2014: Recession Reset: Encouraging Entrepreneurship in Connecticut
We were joined by Millennial workplace expert and New York Times best-selling author Lindsey Pollak and Rory Gale, Co-Owner of Hartford Prints, for a discussion of the millennial generation and its role in the entrepreneurship renaissance. Listen now.
November 8, 2014: The Heart of Leadership and an Election Wrap-Up
In Part 1 of this episode, Eliot Russman, CEO and Executive Director of the Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation, Inc., discussed Fidelco's mission and a very special upcoming program on overcoming obstacles and honing leadership skills. In Part 2, we were joined by Christine Stuart, Editor-in-Chief of CT News Junkie, for a review of recent election results in our State. Listen now.
November 1, 2014: Sports and Entertainment in the Hartford Region
We spoke with Chris Lawrence, General Manager of XL Center, Rentschler Field & Hartford Wolf Pack Business Operations, and Michael Freimuth, Executive Director of the Capital Region Development Authority, about the economic and community impact of our region's sports and entertainment destinations. Listen now.
October 25, 2014: Focus on Healthcare and Education
In Part 1 of our program, Jim Wadleigh, Acting Chief Executive Officer of Access Health CT, discussed the impact of the health insurance exchange on insurers, providers and patients. In Part 2, Hartford Public Schools Superintendent Beth Schiavino-Narvaez discussed her first few months in Hartford and what is and isn't working in Hartford Public Schools. Listen now.
October 18, 2014: The Connecticut Insurance Market Forecast
Susan Winkler, Executive Director of the Connecticut Insurance and Financial Services Cluster, an initiative of the MetroHartford Alliance, and Paul Veronneau, Hartford Advisory Leader for PricewaterhouseCoopers, talked about the 2014 Connecticut Insurance Market Forecast event and the Insurance Market Brief released the day of the event. Listen now.
October 11, 2014: Getting to Know Connecticut Gubernatorial Hopeful Tom Foley
Tom Foley, the Republican nominee for the 2014 Connecticut Governor's race, joined us to discuss his positions on healthcare, transportation, economic development and education. Listen now.
October 4, 2014: A Conversation with Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy
Governor Malloy joined us for a wide-ranging conversation that explored transportation, economic development, education and more in the State of Connecticut. Listen now.
September 27, 2014: The Multigenerational Workplace
This episode examined what happens in today’s office environment when Traditionalists, Boomers, Xers, Millennials and Gen Z all inhabit the same workspace. Our guests were Claire O’Hare, a member of the Facebook Customer Team, and Julie Daly Meehan, the Alliance’s social media guru and Executive Director of Hartford Young Professionals and Entrepreneurs (HYPE). Listen now.
September 20, 2014: The iQuilt Plan and EnvisionFest Hartford
Jackie Mandyck, Managing Director of the iQuilt Partnership, and urban designer Doug Suisman discussed the iQuilt Plan to make Hartford a greener, more walkable city and EnvisionFest Hartford, a free, daylong festival of art, theater, music, tours and more. Listen now.
September 13, 2014: The Evolving Healthcare Landscape
In this episode, we were joined by Reed Tuckson, MD, Managing Director of Tuckson Health Connections, and Jim Bedard, CFO of UnitedHealthcare's Northeast Region, to learn how the healthcare landscape is changing with the development of more integrated delivery systems. Listen now.
September 6, 2014: Startup Weekend Hartford
We learned about Startup Weekend Hartford - a 54-hour weekend event to build startup businesses - from Martin Estey, Executive Director of the Hartford Consortium for Higher Education, and Laura Dinan Haber, the Alliance's Events Director and a past Startup Weekend participant. Listen now.
August 30, 2014: Developing Downtown North
In our inaugural episode, we spoke with Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra about the importance of developing the Downtown North area and the potential impact of a new baseball stadium on the neighborhood. Listen now.