Putting entrepreneurial, start-up and small businesses in the same place at the same time with business decision makers seeking suppliers, subcontractors and project partners is the concept that drives the CT Business Matchmaker, among Connecticut’s largest events designed to bring together small, established businesses with “primes”—large and medium-sized companies, government agencies, educational institutions, and municipalities […]
“Connecticut’s got to do something dramatically different,” implored State Sen. Mae Flexer. Her impassioned comments came as part of a panel discussion at the unveiling of the 2017 Kids Count Policy Report at the State Capitol. With budget negotiations proceeding in earnest amidst a worsening state fiscal situation, Flexer expressed her concern about the forces […]
Including Connecticut, ranked #4 nationally, the New England states grabbed five of the top 10 slots in the Opportunity Index, an analysis of “how opportunities measure up” in communities across the country. The Opportunity Index is an annual composite measure at the state and county levels of economic, educational and civic factors that expand opportunity.
Three Connecticut communities in the Connecticut Main Street network have achieved accreditation for meeting the commercial district revitalization performance standards set by Main Street America, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
New Englanders overwhelmingly believe that at least half of high school students across the region graduate unprepared for college and a career, and that student-centered learning environments are part of the solution to this readiness problem.
That’s according to the results of a poll that reflects growing concerns that children are not fully equipped for […]
While Connecticut ranked 37th overall among the nation’s 50 states analyzed for their “fun” quotient, the state did have some standout rankings in specific categories – including the amount of money individual residents spend on recreation. Despite ranking 35th overall in “entertainment & recreation” categories and 40th in “nightlife,” the state reached the top five […]
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 […]