The Connecticut Business & Industry Association today extended its congratulations to Gov. Dannel Malloy and all newly elected lawmakers, and pledged to work with them to make Connecticut a top state for economic growth and job creation.

"The next legislative session will be a critical one for Connecticut," CBIA president and CEO John Rathgeber said today.

"Lawmakers need to create opportunities for private sector investment doing so will grow the economy, create more good, well-paying jobs, and maintain our great quality of life.

"The business community looks forward to working with the governor and the legislature to create bipartisan policies to improve Connecticut's economic competitiveness."

CBIA and dozens of other business, professional, and community groups support the CT20x17 campaign and its goal to make Connecticut a top 20 state for business by 2017.

Rathgeber also noted that it's important for citizens to stay engaged after Election Day.

"Lawmakers must hear from their constituents throughout the year, particularly during the legislative session, to keep focus on growing the economy and creating jobs," he said.

The 2015 legislative session begins Wednesday, January 7.

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CBIA is Connecticut's largest business organization, with 10,000 member companies. For more information, please contact Meaghan MacDonald (860.244.1957; meaghan.macdonald@cbia.com) or visit the CBIA Newsroom.