Top Issues at CBIA's Connecticut Economy Conference

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News conference to release results of 2011 survey of Connecticut business trends

Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011

8:30 am12:00 pm

Rocky Hill Marriott

100 Capital Boulevard, Rocky Hill

News Conference at 10:15 a.m.

  • What are the challenges to doing business in Connecticut?
  • When will economic conditions improve?
  • How do decisions by the state legislature affect local businesses?
  • Where are the best opportunities for business investments or mergers and acquisitions?
  • How will escalating debt problems and high unemployment affect businesses?

Top business leaders and economic experts will address these issues and more at CBIA's "The Connecticut Economy" conference at the Rocky Hill Marriott on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011.

The Keynote speaker, David Ring, New England regional president, First Niagara, will discuss Connecticut's financial market, our economy, and how lenders and borrowers can work together to create opportunities for business growth.

Featured speakers include:

  • Edward Guay, principal, Wintonbury Risk Management
  • Susan Coleman, DPS, professor of finance, Barney School of Business, University of Hartford

The conference will also feature a panel on business competitiveness in Connecticut. Panelists will discuss what needs to be done to improve business confidence to unlock the private sector investments that will generate sustainable job creation and economic growth. The panel will be moderated by Sandra Johnson, vice president and director of business development, EDP, MetroHartford Alliance, and will include:

  • Christopher Steele, president, CWS Consulting Group LLC
  • Joseph F. Brennan, senior vice president of public policy, CBIA

A news conference will be held at 10:15 a.m. to announce the results of the CBIA/BlumShapiro 2011 Survey of Connecticut Businesses. This annual survey identifies trends and issues facing Connecticut businesses and can help state policymakers identify ways to improve the state's economic climate. Complete survey results will be distributed at the news conference.

The conference is presented by CBIA, the Hartford Area Business Economists (HABE), and the Barney School of Business at the University of Hartford, and sponsored by BlumShapiro, CL&P/Yankee Gas, and First Niagara. The cost for the conference is $75 for CBIA and HABE members and $100 for nonmembers.