Dear Members,

On Tuesday, March 23, the BRBC met with Mayor Joseph Ganim and US Senator Chris Murphy to present and tour the city's Eco­-Technology Park, a project that the Bridgeport Regional Business Council has been working on, in partnership with the city and BEDCO, the Bridgeport Economic Development Corporation (BRBC's Economic Development Affiliate) for about four years.

The goal for this project was to make Bridgeport into a cleaner and greener economic hub for the region ­ a more inviting place to raise a family or start a business.

To date this effort has resulted in eight new businesses coming to Bridgeport, the creation of almost 400 new job opportunities, a significant reduction in Bridgeport's carbon footprint, the development of four new alternative, non ­fossil fuel energy projects, and the building of a new image for the city.


Dear Members,

The 2016 Connecticut Legislature is now in session, and that prompts an important question for us.

What is it that the Business Community needs our elected representatives to focus on?

For most of us the answer is quite simple...

Make progress on improving Connecticut's hospitality to business and grow jobs!

Despite some last minute improvements to the budget and taxes, and despite some real victories in gaining needed resources for our urban centers, there continues to be a real sense that Connecticut is losing ground in terms of its economic competitiveness.

That being said, I do feel that positive change may be in the air.


Dear Members,

There may be no such thing as a free breakfast but on Thursday, January 28, the Bridgeport Regional Business Council hosted our Regional Legislators and Chief Elected Officials for continental breakfast at Housatonic Community College. Thanks to the generosity of Aquarion and AT&T, we were able to offer this event to our members in attendance, as well as our elected officials, at no charge.

More than 130 attendees engaged in a general discussion on the state of our state with a good number of our legislators.

Let's not think for a moment that our elected officials are not expecting something from us from this event and that our members, in turn, are not expecting something from them.

Having been in this business for a few years now, I think I can safely say that I know what our member businesses want from our elected officials. They want hard work, dedication to duty, a commitment to do the right thing, a listening ear, and a dedicated sensitivity to what needs to be done to create an environment in our state that fosters a strong economy and job growth. 

Unfortunately, over the recent past, most business people that I speak to think that most of our elected officials have not been sensitive to that last expectation. 

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