Connecticut’s Department of Economic and Community Development is hosting a Dec. 2 economic development summit in Hartford.

The half-day conference at the Bushnell Performing Arts Center is scheduled to run from 8 am-2 pm and features state and federal officials and Connecticut business leaders.

The conference will cover a variety of topics, including the policies and decisions driving economic recovery, how Connecticut is navigating the pandemic, and strategies for creating a sustainable future.

Over 500 participants are expected to attend to hear speakers including:

  • Gov. Ned Lamont
  • Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin
  • DECD Commissioner David Lehman
  • Alejandra Castillo, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development
  • Cindi Bigelow, President and CEO of Bigelow Tea

Conference panels will address topics such as:

  • Housing and real estate in Connecticut
  • Federal support for local businesses
  • A discussion with Connecticut-based entrepreneurs

The summit also includes a marketplace featuring Connecticut small businesses that implemented innovative solutions to navigate the pandemic.