CTC’s Growth Agenda and Gubernatorial Candidate Forum
The Connecticut Technology Council publishes its vision for tech sector development in the state
“The Growth Agenda” research project is released; Gubernatorial Candidate Forum to discuss tech issues slated for June 13
East Hartford, Conn., May 17, 2018: The Connecticut Technology Council announces today that it has released its public policy position and agenda priorities for the soon-to-be-elected administration as well as policymakers throughout the state. “The Growth Agenda” is the result of research conducted by CTC during the first quarter of 2018. The process began with a comprehensive survey distributed to companies across the tech ecosystem in Connecticut. More than 600 people responded, and more than 150 C-level executives in the tech space completed the survey. Additionally, CTC conducted in-person focus groups in East Hartford, Stamford, and North Haven, in which 42 people participated. The result of this research is a broad-ranging agenda designed to improve conditions for technology businesses in the state and help develop Connecticut into a regional tech business leader.
“At the end of 2017, we realized that we were going to be in a unique position to make a difference for our member companies from day one of a new gubernatorial administration,” said Bruce Carlson, President and CEO of the Connecticut Technology Council. “We wanted to advocate on their behalf, and to do that, we needed to make sure we addressed their most pressing concerns. That’s why we did as much research as we did, and it’s how The Growth Agenda came to be.”
The Growth Agenda document is designed to help policymakers understand the issues that our state’s technology companies are facing and to present recommendations for moving forward. The dual priorities of the Agenda are the achievement of Fiscal Stability and the development of a Strategic Plan for Economic Growth. “Getting the fiscal house in order will be job one for the new governor. There is simply too much uncertainty in the business atmosphere right now for any significant growth to take hold,” continued Carson. “The good news is that the Commission of Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth has presented some intriguing strategies for solving this problem, and if we can move forward with that, there is so much more we can accomplish.”
The Growth Agenda has been provided to all candidates currently running for Governor in the state, and those who qualify for the ballot (either via their party’s convention or by collecting and certifying the proper number of signatures to petition) are being invited to take part in the Connecticut Technology Council’s Gubernatorial Candidate Forum: Tackling Connecticut’s Tech Business Growth. This event will be held on Wednesday, June 13, from 9:30am until 2:30pm, at the Trumbull Marriott. The agenda will be as follows:
9:30am-10:30am Registration and refreshments
10:30am-Noon Republican* Candidates Forum
Noon- 1:00pm Lunch with the Candidates
1:00pm- 2:30pm Democratic* Candidates Forum
*Independent candidates, if any, will be added to whichever forum has fewer participants.
The event is sponsored by Pullman and Comley LLC and WTIC NewsTalk 1080, and it will be moderated by Joe D’Ambrosio.
“We are eager to hear what the candidates have to say specifically to this gathering of tech executives in our state,” said Carlson. “This is their opportunity to give their response to The Growth Agenda and let us all know what their vision is for moving Connecticut forward to become the tech destination we all know it can and should be.”
About the Connecticut Technology Council
The Connecticut Technology Council (http://www.ct.org) is Connecticut’s industry association for the technology sector. The mission of the Connecticut Technology Council is to spark innovation, cultivate tech talent, advocate for industry-beneficial law and policy, expand the scope of industry networking and professional development, and celebrate industry achievements in the state. Our vision is to support and promote Connecticut’s tech ecosystem to lead as a national model.
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