The job creation and economic development agenda Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has been working on since the regular legislative session ended this summer is near completion.
Later Monday afternoon Malloy will unveil his partial agenda for the Oct. 26 session with legislative leaders on both sides of the aisle at his side.
In the meantime, he announced the agenda for the upcoming Thursday, Oct. 6 “Economic Summit,” where speakers will talk about how to reinvent Connecticut and offer input for the Oct. 26 special session.
“Connecticut has had a long and storied economic history; at times we’ve reinvented our state, at times we helped reinvent our nation,” Malloy said in a press release. “Too often today, businesses think our state’s best days are behind it. That couldn’t be further from the truth.”
Since the session ended Malloy has been crisscrossing the state holding more than 70 meetings, tours, and events across the state related to job creation.
“If anything, the refrain I heard on my Jobs Tour was that businesses want to do business here, workers want to live here and they want to contribute to our economy, so long as we can figure out ways to jumpstart the economy and create new jobs for the 21st century,“ Malloy said. “We have a highly-educated workforce, a prime location, great universities and colleges and a quality of life that’s second to none – it’s time to reinvent Connecticut and write the next chapter of its history.”
Mark Zandi from Moody’s Analytics and Scott Case from the Startup America Partnership, a coalition of entrepreneurs advocating for and promoting America’s entrepreneurs, will headline the Oct. 6 summit.
According to a press release, topics discussed will include what we need to do to make it easier to do business with and in Connecticut; how to spur innovation and entrepreneurial drive; support for small businesses; steps to cultivate a 21st century workforce and what we need to do to keep them here; and ways in which we can strengthen, streamline and enhance our existing economic development tools.
“What we learned from our business customers as part of the Jobs Tour, and what we hear from our panel of state and national experts, will form the basis for new policies and legislative acts that Governor Malloy will propose in the next month’s Special Session,” Catherine Smith, commissioner of the Department of Economic and Community Development, said. “We want their input and expertise as we craft solutions to the state’s jobs crisis.”
Click here to register for the summit, which will be held 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford.