Economic Summit + Outlook 2023
Avelo Airlines CFO Hunter Keay was the featured speaker at CBIA’s 2023 Economic Summit + Outlook Thursday, January 19 in Hartford.
It’s been a wild ride for Avelo since its April 2021 launch—the first in the U.S. in 15 years—as the airline industry and the country battled through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Since making its debut Tweed-New Haven flight in November 2021, Avelo has carried more than 600,000 passengers in and out of Connecticut on over 5,000 flights, invested more than $100 million in the airport, and created 300 jobs.
Keay shared the airline’s startup story, its expansion plans—two new bases are scheduled for 2023 in addition to Tweed, Burbank, and Orlando—his outlook for the state and national economies, and how Avelo is navigating inflation, the labor shortage, and other pandemic-related challenges.
Gov. Ned Lamont, who is beginning his second term in office, outlined his administration’s policy agenda for the legislative session.
CLA’s Brian Ream looked at the state, regional, and national economic outlook and CBIA’s Eric Gjede previewed the 2023 General Assembly session with state senators Christine Cohen (D-Guilford) and Heather Somers (R-Mystic), and House Majority Leader Jason Rojas (D-East Hartford) and House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora (R-North Branford).
7:30 | Networking Breakfast
8:30 am | Opening Remarks
- Chris DiPentima, President & CEO, CBIA
- John Ciulla, President & CEO, Webster Bank & Webster Financial Corporation
8:45 am | Gov. Ned Lamont
9:15 am | Transforming Connecticut: 2023 General Assembly Session
- Moderator: Eric Gjede, VP, Public Policy, CBIA
- State Senator Christine Cohen (D-Guilford)
- State Senator Heather Somers (R-Mystic)
- House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora (R-North Branford)
- House Majority Leader Jason Rojas (D-East Hartford)
10 am | Networking Break
10:15 am | 2023 Economic Outlook
- Brian Ream, Managing Principal, CLA
10:45 am | Keynote Address
- Hunter Keay, CFO, Avelo Airlines
11:30 am | Adjourn
Thu, Jan 19, 2023
8:30am – 11:30am
Hartford Marriott Downtown
200 Columbus Blvd, Hartford, CT 06103
The Economic Summit + Outlook 2023 was produced by CBIA and the MetroHartford Alliance and made possible through the generous support of Webster Bank.
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