During this period of both tremendous uncertainty and opportunity for the state, how are businesses faring? Are they investing in Connecticut or elsewhere? Do they plan to hire more? If not, what's holding them back?

Find out these answers and more at CBIA's annual Connecticut Economy conference this Friday, September 8.

The Connecticut Economy
Friday, September 8
8:30 am-noon
Marriott Hartford Downtown (200 Columbus Boulevard, Hartford)

CBIA and BlumShapiro will release the results of the 2017 Survey of Connecticut Businesses, which takes the temperature of the state's business climate, highlighting its challenges and successes.

Presenting the results will be Joseph Kask, CEO, BlumShapiro; William Lee, president & CEO, The Lee Company; and Thomas Santa, president & CEO, Santa Energy Corporation. Thomas DiVitto, BlumShapiro's chief marketing officer, will moderate.

Patrick Dempsey, president and CEO of the Barnes Group, will keynote this annual event. He'll discuss manufacturing’s role in Connecticut and this critical industry's next chapter.

Bruce McCain, chief investment strategist for Key Private Bank, will take a look at the U.S. market landscape.

John Santa, chairman and founder of the Malta Justice Initiative, provides insight into hiring the formerly incarcerated.

The event ends with a panel discussion:

Connecticut's Economy: What's Next? 

  • Moderator: Pete Gioia, economist and vice president, CBIA
  • Susan Coleman, professor of finance, Barney School of Business, University of Hartford
  • Patrick Flaherty, assistant director of research & information, Connecticut Department of Labor
  • Mark Guis, professor of economics, Quinnipiac University

The Connecticut Economy is sponsored by Aer Lingus, BlumShapiro, KeyBank, and UIL Holdings. Media wishing to attend should contact Meaghan MacDonald (860.244.1957).


CBIA is Connecticut's largest business organization, with thousands of member companies, small and large, representing a diverse range of industries from every part of the state. For more information, please email or call Meaghan MacDonald (860.244.1957).