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Farmington hosts economic development breakfast

The town of Farmington's Economic Development Commission welcomed speaker Jason Giulietti, vice president of business recruitment at the Connecticut Economic Resource Center, at its May...

'Maverick' Hopgood no stranger to confronting boardroom politics

By Andy Thibault Special to the Hartford Business Journal |

When it comes to boardroom politics and good old boys, Suzanne Hopgood knows the score — and she's not averse to sharing the gory details.

Guts, diligence, hands-on leadership define Orr's career, volunteer work

Andy Thibault Special to the Hartford Business Journal |

On a Sunday 40 years ago, electron beam welder trainee Bob Balboni walked onto the floor at KTI Inc. in East Windsor and found the owner, Howard Orr, working the line.

Hartford nonprofit nets $850K to fund biz loans, grants

Joe Cooper |

A Wells Fargo & Co.-administered small business program that aims to spur minority business growth has awarded $850,000 in funding to the Hartford Community Loan Fund (HCLF).

CRDA halts XL Center eminent domain threat

Greg Bordonaro |

The head of the Capital Region Development Authority says he is postponing plans to seek eminent domain authority to take over a key portion of XL Center's atrium and adjoining retail/office space...

Telecom industry books major win in municipal-broadband fight

Matt Pilon |

The state's telecommunications industry has booked a major win in its municipal-broadband fight.

Feds OK all 72 CT ‘opportunity zones’

Gregory Seay |

Connecticut has won federal approval of its 72 “opportunity zones'' (OZs) statewide, making them eligible to lure tax-favored private investment to improve housing and jobs in the neediest...

McKinnon's Irish Pub eyes bigger downtown site

Joe Cooper| Gregory Seay |

The owner of McKinnon's Irish Pub is looking for a new home in downtown Hartford after 16 years operating at 114 Asylum St.

Hartford Foundation awards $287K grant for Albany Ave. restoration

Joe Cooper |

The Hartford Foundation has awarded a $287,000 grant to the overseer of a revitalization project on Albany Avenue in the Capital City's north end.

Amid skeptics, CT bets ‘Opportunity Zones’ spur economic development

Gregory Seay |

Connecticut rarely misses a chance to avail itself of state and federal initiatives aimed at benefiting the most economically distressed communities and neighborhoods among its 169 cities and towns.

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