Two of Connecticut’s leading food franchise success stories – Edible Arrangements and Subway – have both been in the news in recent days, seemingly moving in opposite directions. Subway, for the first time in memory, is reducing the number of franchises across the country, while Edible Arrangements is in the midst of extending its brand, […]
Connecticut remains ranked among the top 10 states for corporate brands, according to a new study. London-based Brand Finance has calculated Connecticut as being home to 20 of the 500 most valuable brands in the nation. Connecticut ranked seventh.
The state also was strongly represented among the 500 most valuable brands in the world, with […]
Connecticut ranks 49th in economic performance during the past decade and the state’s economic outlook ranks 46th among the nation’s 50 states in the latest “Rich States, Poor States” analysis by the American Legislative Exchange Council.
The look-back at the decade 2005-2015 shows Connecticut ranking near the bottom in the three components that make up […]
An estimated $349 million was spent in Connecticut by qualified productions and $93 million in tax credits were issued to 25 media production companies under the state’s tax credit program during fiscal year 2016. The tax credits are designed to boost the state’s economy by attracting film and digital productions to the state, creating employment […]
When it comes to home ownership, Connecticut is in the middle of the pack among the nation’s 50 states. A new report ranks the state at number 30, in the lower echelons of the states. And when the report, by financial website ValuePenguin, identified optimal factors when considering homeownership, Connecticut faired more poorly in some […]
Only one Connecticut community is ranked in the top 700 “best small cities to start a business” in a new survey of 1,260 cities across the nation. Danbury, ranked at number 170, was the sole Connecticut city to earn a slot among the nation’s business-friendly small cities. The next Connecticut municipalities on the list were […]
If Connecticut were a country, it would be the sixth-most productive in the world, according to the state’s annual report by the department of Economic and Community Development. A critical building block for economic productivity is exports, and a look at the data reveals some surprisingly positive statistics.
The backdrop is offered by more than […]
Timing is everything. Just days after the Yankee Institute for Public Policy reported that a federal grand jury has indicted a former Vernon resident for using a fake pita company to fraudulently obtain $3 million, including $400,000 from the State of Connecticut, the state legislature held a public hearing on a proposal designed to enhance […]
“As a convergence of technological advancements, changing military demand and shifting workforce demographics force a major period of transformation across the (defense) industry, Connecticut must adjust its approach to workforce development and retention, or risk losing its competitive edge to other regions.”
That’s the conclusion of a 23-page policy brief issued by CT21 which analyzed […]
Awash in a sea of negativity amidst yet another state budget deficit and intensifying concern about the prospects of additional fees, taxes, and service reductions, state residents now have an opportunity to accentuate the positive, courtesy of the 2017 Connecticut Economic Review.
Noting that Connecticut is “at the epicenter of the Northeast” and “at the […]
Connecticut is the nations 9th most innovative state, according to a new analysis by the financial website WalletHub. The state also placed sixth in research & development spending per capita and ninth in venture-capital funding per capita, the review of the 50 states found.
Overall, the top 10 most innovative states included District of Columbia, […]
A downtown management organization engaging the community in envisioning two underutilized parks as places that downtown residents, visitors, workers and families can mingle with artists and creatives, and a regional planning organization that created a program focused on supporting local businesses, creating jobs and filling vacant spaces in eight village centers are just two of […]
Two separate analyses of tax burdens across the nation’s 50 states have placed Connecticut in the top ten – among those with the highest state and local tax burden. The state-by-state reviews, by the financial websites 24/7 Wall Street and WalletHub, rank Connecticut second and sixth respectively.
“With some of the wealthiest neighborhoods in the […]
Fairfield County’s sizeable immigrant population – twenty percent of Connecticut’s most populous county – grew 89 percent from 1990 to 2014. In some municipalities, foreign-born residents make up as much as a third of the population.
That is among the findings in the Fairfield County Community Wellbeing Index 2016, which examined regional demographics, economic opportunity, […]