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ON THE RECORD Here We Grow Again New Haven’s Economic Development Administrator Lays Out The Fundamentals of the City’s Economic Rebound Matthew Nemerson is the City of New Haven’s Economic Development Director. He was appointed in December 2013 soon after New Haven mayor Toni Harp won election. He succeeded Kelly Murphy, who held the position for eight years under former Mayor John DeStefano. Murphy’s era was seen as the start of a significant amount of development in the city. Under Harp and Nemerson, development appears to be accelerating further, especially in the greater downtown area. Nemerson went to Amity Regional High School and on to Columbia College and eventually to the Yale School of Management. He was a founding vice president of Science Park, he served for 13 years as the President of the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce, Chief Operating Officer of Netkey, a Branford-based technology company, and as President of the Connecticut Technology Council for ten years before his appointment in New Haven. Business New Haven publisher Mitchell Young interviewed Nemerson to help readers get a handle on the current development climate in the city of New Haven. We’re going to ask the last question first. How does it look overall with developer interest in the City of New Haven? Without exaggeration, it’s excellent. Every developer that is building a building or has built a building wants to build another. We get calls every day from developers who are looking to do projects that are in the $10 to $50 million range.
We don’t get that many people looking to do $200 or $300 million projects, the huge Boston and New York people. We do get brokers and land aggregators who represent them and want to pitch them on projects if they can put together enough land for them. You’ve been doing economic development in New Haven since the mid-1980s with Science
Park. What is the change, what are the forces of the current interest? There are three or four that are coming together, some of our doing. We have a very professional and well thought out government involvement in economic development. We have an excellent planning staff, It has been led by one
person for twenty-two years, Karyn Gilvarg. It is hard to put together, even for a small city a consistent way to look at the entire city. You have political issues, market issues, having one overall philosophy and institutional memory creates a sense of professionalism and stability. The Harp Administration created a very high functioning building; permitting staff, we turn things around very quickly. When we don’t do things quickly, it’s because there are issues that the developers and their construction people understand. In some smaller towns, they can be very frustrating because they’re either not knowledgeable or they don’t have the time. We get back to developers and set up meetings within twenty-four hours. If someone calls us, they’ll have a meeting in a couple of days, we’ll come in on a weekend. We are totally customer oriented, everything from planning to the actual construction, permitting. We have a real flow now, the developers tell us it is very easy to work in New Haven now. For many, many years, almost decades, no developer had done a second project, unless they were literally New Haven developers like the Fuscos. Now we are finding that these out-of-towners have been shopping around, looking in New Rochelle, or White Plains, they come here and even when it gets complicated, we’re working with them everyday and every week. Continued on page 6
EDITORIAL IKEA Must ‘Step Up’ And Rehabilitate The Pirelli Building The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City opened a new museum this past March, The Met Breuer. The building was formerly occupied by the Whitney Museum of American Art and was designed by Architect Marcel Breuer.
Perhaps it would be different if Breuer was a “Yale man.” But for more than a dozen years, the Pirelli building, and quality architecture along with it, has been completely “disrespected” as IKEA draped the signature struc� ture with Sale Signs and the City acquiesced in the building’s decay.
Breuer also designed a signa� ture building on New Haven’s Long Wharf, originally built for Armstrong Rubber in 1968, it is now known as the Pirelli Building. The building is listed in the Connecticut State Register of Historic Places and is eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. Perhaps New Haven’s most high profile and signature building, the Pirelli Building has been vacant since the early 1990s and there have been almost no real attempts to put it back in use. In 1996, former New Haven Mayor John DeStefano proposed the demolition of the Pirelli Building to make way for construction of a shopping mall at Long Wharf. A legal challenge from Milford Mall owner Westfield and some local opposition combined with a weak economy scuttled the project. A few years later, the IKEA com� pany purchased the site and hoped to completely demolish the Pirelli building. Preservationist opposi� tion halted the complete demoli� tion, although part of the historic signature building was destroyed to facilitate more parking for the retailer. Ingvar Kamprad, 90, is the founder and owner of IKEA and is estimated to be worth more than 4
Finally, New Haven is a bolder and more confident place, and it no longer should be pushed around by a recalcitrant big box retailer that claims to be a good corporate citizen. Designed by famed architect Marcel Breuer for the Armstrong Rubber Company in 1968, the building has been a New Haven icon ever since. However, since the early ‘90s, it’s been vacant and a symbol of New Haven’s struggles. Today a rebounding and more confident city must bring the building back to vibrancy.
$40 billion. IKEA is an apparent hit with consumers, including here in New Haven, company sales are approximately $25 billion. IKEA owns and operates 384 stores in 48 countries. IKEA prides itself on its corporate citizenship and regularly pro� claims its “sustainability” efforts, including solar panels and a soon to be constructed Fuel Cell at the New Haven store. That is all well and good and we applaud those efforts, but today we expect more in the way of “��������������������������������� corporate citizenship” than cash� ing in government energy credits or funding a fireworks display every few years. Breuer was one of the most popu� lar architects of the 20 th Century. He was born in Hungary and con� sidered a “Master of Modernism.” He was first known for his design of modern furniture as well as buildings, he died in 1981 at 79.
Breuer furniture styles remain popular to this day and probably can be found at IKEA in some iteration. Breuer was forced out of Germany by the Nazis and moved to Boston in 1937 to join the faculty at Harvard. Among the students taught by Breuer and his mentor, Walter Gropius, were famed Architects Paul Rudolph, Eliot Noyes, I. M. Pei, Ulrich Franzen, John Johansen, and Phillip Johnson. Despite Breuer’s innovations, his “street cred,” The Breuer Met and his design of dozens of iconic buildings—here in New Haven, Breuer’s Pirelli building has not received the respect one would expect. After all, New Haven boosters have long and rightly promoted the city’s great architecture and the Yale University School of Architecture is arguably the fin� est in the world.
New Haven Mayor Toni Harp and Economic Development Administrator Mathew Nemerson [see page 3] need to step up and insist that IKEA reha� bilitate, sell or forfeit the property to the city – Time’s Up! Harp succeeded in pressuring Iberdola into providing funds to clean up the English Station Power Plant, now there’s one more “big dog” holding back New Haven’s progress to go. And the timing is right – the new “Boat House” that former mayor DeStefano insisted the State build as part of the Quinnipiac Bridge Project is under construction and it will create a new vision for Long Wharf and probably bring new customers to IKEA as well. We respectfully suggest it wouldn’t hurt if Deborah Berke, the new Dean of the School of Architecture at Yale, showed some community leadership chops and gathered support and pressure from the University and New Haven’s world class architects in supporting a quality restoration of the Pirelli building. BNH
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continued from page 3 We can’t look back and say it is all in one direction, the 80s still were the high water mark in terms of construction and development. We built four major commercial buildings within a span of three and a half years, it’s like the Yankees winning five pennants in a row. We [Harp administration] have a very clear vision of growing the city and when all is said and done, the Alders [ Board of Alderpersons] understand the need to bring in the building permits and create a bigger tax base. Why is it that it has caught on now? The things that have changed in terms of the environment are these new building techniques. [Previously] you had to build a 12 to 30 story steel apartment building or you could build a three or four story suburban style building, it didn’t leave a sweet spot for [small] cities. A lot of in-fill couldn’t happen until rents started to go up in the outer ends of the New York Metro. Rents have gotten so high in New York and in Brooklyn and in Jersey City that it has created a shock wave throughout the region. People who are traveling from New York to Boston to Philadelphia, when they see a city that has $2500/month for a two bedroom, they say that’s affordable. People here used to say $1500 was the top. Now they say for a really great apartment, I might pay $3500. That’s not just true here, it is true in Stamford, Norwalk, even in Worcester, in Providence, Hoboken and Morristown [NJ].
you draw a } “If line of maybe What forty minutes about 360 State from New Street? Haven, there That are 800,000 was an jobs.” anomaly and there were special mortgages. 360, while it is an exception, it proved that the rents were there. 6
The form factor of building a $180 million 500-unit building didn’t make sense [now]. Building 150 or 200 units at a lower cost with the higher rent suddenly made it possible to do development. A new construction technique, which is only about four years old and permitted in the building code for about that long, is called a �������������� “������������� wood over podium construction.” Now you can build five stories of wood under the code which you couldn’t [really do] before. What was added was you could build the five stories on top of a steel or concrete podium, and put parking underneath. The allowance of “Podium” and the wood on top was a game changer. Very quickly, technology came in and developers realized the wood part of the buildings [could be] computerized. Most of the wood structures are computer designed. built in factories and shipped to the site. All of the buildings that are going up in New Haven or Hartford, Norwalk: they’re assembling product, the hard cost probably came down by 25%. That meant you were going from the high $200s [per square foot] to the low $200. Then you add that to the rents going from $1500 a month to $2500-3000 per month. Suddenly the numbers worked in places like New Haven and for a medium size developer, suddenly we were the sweet spot. You have to have people and jobs? Cities that are growing have a concentration of jobs and incomes that aren’t producing things, but are producing knowledge. Knowledge, software and biotech, where you create a proprietary product and then license it. Designing new drugs is what happens in New Haven, we don’t package them here. The other big trend, is that big companies are buying smaller companies and the smaller companies tend to cluster around big medical centers, and medical schools and universities. If you draw a line from New York going East, New Haven is the first big medical center, uni-
versity town, with rents, and the planning and the ability to absorb [development]. That isn’t to say that White Plains or Stamford or even New Rochelle hasn’t grown more, but they’re commuter cities or financial transaction cities. We are the first knowledge creation, well run, now business appropriate, in terms of all of the costs in the New York Metro. Nearly every day people will ask, where are the people coming from to fill the apartments and where are they working? Economies tend to work in thousand square mile to two thousand square mile areas depending on commuting times. The average person in America commutes twenty-three miles. As incomes go up, people commute longer distances. If you draw a line of maybe forty minutes from New Haven, there are 800,000 jobs. People look at the 80,000 jobs that are in New Haven and say “is there going to be another thousand jobs.” There is not a lot of job creation in Connecticut, but there are baby boomers that are retiring and [many] from really good jobs. There are a lot of job openings for younger people, millennials coming in. There is also conversion from a production-oriented jobs to information and knowledge creation jobs. There are a lot of jobs in New Haven. Alexion just moved 1,200 jobs here, if only five hundred [of those employees] move to New Haven, that’s a lot of apartments. So let’s move to some “micro” questions about developments. Let’s start with the Coliseum site, Live Work, Learn and Play? That’s 375 units of housing. We’ve opened three hundred and sixty six at the Corsair [State Street]. Other things, like a hotel, were supposed to go in that development. It was a concept that was much more complicated and harder to achieve, but when it was suggested, there was no Corsair, no Novella [apartments on York Street in New Haven].
} “It is the last
project [in the city] where we are giving the [developer] land.”
It turns out that some of the technical issues of building on the Coliseum site, next to the highway and the train tracks, those issues weren’t [fully] taken into consideration. We’ve spent the last two years trying to figure out how to move the main electrical transmission electric lines [buried underground] which connect two huge substations that are part of the New England Grid. It has been very difficult. It is the last project [in the city] where we are giving the [developer] land so we have much less to work with. That land is probably worth $10 million, if not more. Spinnaker [Spinnaker Real Estate Partners of Norwalk] is probably paying $20 million for a similar site up the road five blocks, the lot in front of Frontier. What’s going in there? We don’t know yet, but it’s probably the size and complexity of the Coliseum project. It’s going to be 100% privately financed, they’re not asking us for anything but a little more zoning so they can build to the density that makes sense. So does that mean Live Work, Learn and Play is dead? No, it is definitely going to happen, but it was put out [originally] as the transitional project to make New Haven a real place. New Haven is [now] a real place. With the $10 or $15 million off the table, the truth is, we can’t move the utilities unless we figure out how to do it for free. Going back to the mid-2000s the Coliseum site was always linked to the Ninth Square and to the [Metro North] Train Station, it was to be the transition to those two areas. One of the good things that is happening is that the Ninth Square is going through transition because the McCormack Baron Group is looking to sell that. Finally, and Conntact.com | Business New Haven
this is one of the great achievements of the Harp Administration, is that Church Street South, after fifty years, is going to be torn down and totally rebuilt. What’s the time frame for Church Street South? I’m not sure if it will be started next year, or there will be another year to do planning and permitting. The assumption is that the [developer] will be Northland. They have been very helpful in moving people. That project evolved from the corner of Church Street South to the other side of the highway and the Coliseum site. You almost have to see that as one contiguous development concept, with multiple developers. The sweep comes from where the bridge comes from Long Wharf all the way to George Street, one neighborhood. Let’s take a couple bites on Long Wharf? At one point SCSU [Southern] was talking about renovating or demolishing the old Gateway Community College building and putting something there. The sign is still up—for a nursing school? The building that Southern was planning to build there, which was a social work and allied medical building, the nursing school they decided to build on campus. They’ve been very clear about their need to have a graduate facility for evening classes. It would be for executive MBAs, maybe Masters of Social Work, for students or night students from the region who want to get a degree but aren’t on-campus matriculating students. They want an easy to approach, highly visible graduate center. What they have said to us is that it doesn’t have to be on that parcel, if they could get a trade off [for their ownership], or if they could be incorporated into a development on that site, they could contribute to it. You’re quoted a lot about how little land New Haven has. The Corsair development is on two to three acres. Long Wharf generally is a big parcel by New Haven A ugust S eptember 2016
land standards, and that’s underdeveloped.
city is } “The now seeking
[Interrupts] Not when you’ve been around for 375 years, we’re talking all of fifty acres, which is tiny and that’s all you got left.
Haven and IKEA to develop the Pirelli Building. Marcel Breuer, the architect and ironically, an early modern furniture designer, is good enough to have the Metropolitan Museum of Art name a museum after him, The Met Breuer. When is the city going to play hardball with IKEA, which claims to be a great global corporate citizen?
funding from the state to update a Long Wharf plan.”
We have two big retailers [Ikea and Jordan’s], not necessarily the “highest and best use,” both sort of happened to Long Wharf, and forgive us, but weren’t part of a “plan” to put them there? We have the Coopers Robertson plan, [developed in 2006 and now the city is seeking funding from the state to update a Long Wharf plan there is an existing beautiful plan on how to do things there. As you said, now we have Jordan’s, we didn’t know what the Register [former headquarters of the New Haven Register newspaper] site was going to be and now we know it’s a furniture store. We had the Pirelli site and the mall site [IKEA] and the refrigeration site. And we have the third factor, which is the [Metro North] maintenance yard, which is growing, growing, growing, the “monster that ate Cleveland,” sort of. But it is a very important thing and New Haven wouldn’t be New Haven without the New Haven Railroad. There are some other good parcels, though? We have the food terminal site and the Teletrack site. And if you could figure out how to do it, you could take the parking lot site of Assa Abloy and merge with the [Regional] Water Authority and [Gateway sites]. But those last two things are almost impossible without literally having a billion dollar development in front of us, because they are so expensive. To move the Water Authority or to build a garage that would be suitable to Assa Abloy on that soil is very, very difficult. The Teletrack site is literally for sale and the food terminal site is always for sale and “make me an offer” and there are [existing] leases. Something that is irritating is the failure of the City of New
Actually, we are playing hardball and IKEA has called the mayor’s office several times to complain about me. I’m telling you the truth, within the last six weeks, IKEA has complained that we are on TV and talking to people about the Pirelli building being a hotel. I think IKEA has always had two sets of concerns. They think there is a lot of remediation that has to happen and they want to make sure that they don’t end up having to pay for it without getting anything out of it. That’s absolutely legit, what we’ve said is: you give us the building, we will do it when we have the state committed to helping us clean it up. The other issue, and I was just at IKEA getting furniture for my daughter a few days ago so I experienced it first hand, they’re afraid that a hotel around their entranceway will deprive them of their most important parking. We have to make sure to replace lost parking on the site. The State is going to be giving us a site across the street where the big pile of dirt is, so all these things are coming together. So the big pile of dirt will be going soon, we hope? Yes and it’s suppose to be 250 spaces of parking, part of their leave behind. The State has had cutbacks and they’re wondering if they can afford to do it. They can think they can leave a pile of dirt, but it would end up all over that decision maker. What’s the time frame for the building of the boathouse, be-
cause that will impact everyones view of Long Wharf. Construction has started, they’re prepping things, a lot of the work is underneath the platform. All the crew is there, there are construction trailers, it will be done in a year. Do you have a bucket list you want to accomplish – besides just being the glide path for developers to come and do their thing? Of course, it’s not me it’s the Mayor, she’ll have things, this is for the mayor to sign off on. The Mayor is very active in all this and in a two year mayoral cycle, [laughs] these are things for her to decide. [laughing] Gee I thought we all have our fantasies and wish lists? Yeh, I want three 30 story buildings on the Teletrack site, I want a New Rochelle or South Stamford style complex where people can take a little jitney or walk to the train station. I want to compete with Stamford and New Rochelle with major commuters on a waterfront high rise luxury with a platform and retail that will bring us ten million dollars of taxes. The other stuff, and I think the Mayor would agree, on her list of things is the Ninth Square to be filled out. No surface parking and fenced in unused lots and the side of the railroad to be filled out. We want that to be seen as the most dynamic high tech job-oriented livable neighborhood in the Northeast between New York and Boston. Everything east of Church Street from Trumbull Street to the bridge, we want that to be seen as a sort of Jersey City/Morristown complete, functioning, fabulous area that fuels the district, Science Park. Wooster Square, the Hill and all the neighborhoods. That piece has to be world class, it’s walk-able, it has two train stations, it’s got the Green on one side and Wooster Square on the other. It’s getting there, but it is still a big work in progress, but the canvas is ready for a world class northeast recognized neighborhood. BNH
Vol XX,III No.11 August September 2016
It’s Not New England, It’s Connecticut NUTMEG NEIGHBOR CITED AS BEST STATE ECONOMY IN NATION
WHAT DO THEY THINK? MILLENIALS
Editor & Publisher Mitchell Young Editorial Manager Rachel Bergman Design Consultant Terry Wells Graphics Manager Matt Ford
By Mitchell Young
ccording to Governing Magazine, which is reach� ing its 30 th year of publica� tion about the nation’s state and local government officials. High taxes, high energy costs, lib� eral government, and a very high cost of living aren’t the obstacles to a good economy that many in business might think. The maga� zine chose ultra blue, high tax, high cost of living, high energy costs, overwhelmingly Democratic Massachusetts as the best state economy in the US. Not surpris� ing, the magazine said how much citizens think of their ������������� “������������ chief execu�
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tive” [Governor] is directly related to that ranking. The current governor, Charlie Baker, is a Republican [liberal for certain] and approved of by 74% of the Commonwealth’s citizens. Connecticut’s economy is ranked 42nd by the magazine and the pub� lic apparently blames Governor Dannel Malloy, who gets the low� est rating of any governor in the country at 29%. In fact, no other state chief executive comes close to the polled unpopularity of Malloy. The once booming state of Arizona, which comes in on the
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Republican Governor Charley Baker is riding the Baystate’s No. 1 economy to a 74% approval rating.
Connecticut Governor Malloy has the lowest voter approval in the country at 29%
PERFORMANCE OF U.S. STATE ECONOMIES 1. Massachusetts 2. Oregon 3. Delaware 4. Colorado 5. California 6. Tennessee 7. New Hampshire 8. Utah 9. Virginia 10. Maryland 11. North Carolina 12. Hawaii 13. Florida 14. Idaho 15. Georgia 15. Minnesota 15. Nebraska
15. South Dakota 19. Arkansas 20. Wisconsin 21. Texas 22. Washington 23. Michigan 24. New Jersey 25. Vermont 26. South Carolina 27. Indiana 28. Maine 29. New York 30. Ohio 31. Montana 32. Missouri 33. Nevada 34. Illinois
35. Rhode Island 36. Iowa 37. Kentucky 38. Kansas 39. Pennsylvania 40. North Dakota 41. Arizona 42. Connecticut 43. Alabama 44. Oklahoma 45. Mississippi 46. Louisiana 47. New Mexico 48. Wyoming 49. Alaska 49. West Virginia
economy scale just one spot ahead of Connecticut, still shows a 45% [popularity] for Governor Doug Ducey. Voters in West Virginia, at the bottom of the economic pack, are not blaming their governor, who has a 60% approval rating. Fodder for politicians is that the top performing state economies are mostly blue [liberal] or purple states. With only a few exceptions, Connecticut being one at the bot� tom of the heap, are the red states of Alabama, Arizona, Mississippi, and Louisiana. Pennsylvania, which has the poten� tial to swing the presidential elec� tion, has an economy that is not faring well and is ranked at 37th. To determine which states are doing well and which aren’t, Governing looked at six data points from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Bureau of Economic Analysis: state unem� ployment rate; the improvement in unemployment in the past year; per capita state GDP in 2015; change in GDP between 2014 and 2015; the percent change in state personal income per capita, from the third quarter of 2015 to the first quarter of 2016; and the percentage growth in year-to-date increases in jobs for 2016. State economies are moving tar� gets, only two of the top 10 states in the magazine’s 2013 survey, Oregon and Utah, made it to the top ten in 2016. Connecticut, Mississippi and New Mexico, were in the bottom in 2013 and still are. In ranking a governor’s popularity, the magazine used the results of a 50-state series of gubernatorial approval polls conducted by the online publication Morning Consult between January and May of 2016 and ��������������������������� “�������������������������� spot-checked” other guber� natorial approval polls in the past eight months.
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The approval ratings for governors of the top 10 states averaged 62.1% , while the gubernatorial approval ratings for those in the bottom 10 averaged 50.8 %. No governor in the top 10 states had an approval rating lower than 54%, while six of the governors in the bottom 10 states had approval ratings below 50 percent and one – Malloy, had the aforementioned bottom approval rating of 29%. The magazine cites Tufts political scientist Jeffrey Berry is quoted by the magazine saying Baystaters understand its not just about the new Governor. “Baker has been in office less than two years and is seen as a positive for the state’s economy moving forward. The Massachusetts economy is in terrific shape, and it’s poised for continued growth,” Berry added, “most voters know that the state’s positive economy is part of a long-term trend that predates Baker.” Governing reached out to Malloy’s opposition as well, “in Connecticut, where Malloy has the weakest approval rating, residents, may be divided on Yankees and Red Sox, Giants and Patriots, but they are of one mind on Malloy -- he has been a disaster, said Kevin Rennie, a lawyer and a former Republican
Governors and their approval ratings, in the top 10 states: 1. Massachusetts Charlie Baker (R) 72 %
41. Arizona Doug Ducey (R)
2. Oregon Kate Brown (D)
42. CT Dannel Malloy (D]
3. Delaware Jack Markell (D)
43. Alabama Robert Bentley (R)
4. Colorado John Hickenlooper (D) 60 %
44. Oklahoma Mary Fallin (R)
5. California Jerry Brown (D)
45. Mississippi Phil Bryant (R)
6. Tennessee Bill Haslam (R)
46. Louisiana John Edwards (D)
7. N Hampshire Maggie Hassan (D) 56 %
47. N.Mexico Susana Martinez (R) 48 %
8. Utah Gary Herbert (R)
48. Wyoming Matt Mead (R)
9. Virginia Terry McAuliffe (D)
49. Alaska Bill Walker (I)
10. Maryland Larry Hogan (R)
49. W. Virginia Earl Tomblin (D) 60 %
state legislator who writes on politics for the Hartford Courant was quoted by Governing. Voters in other states, however, are somewhat more forgiving as reported by the magazine. In Louisiana, Edwards was only sworn in earlier this year. “Voters here have a very recent memory of former Gov. Bobby Jindal, who is given much of the blame for the current state of affairs,” said Pearson Cross, a political scientist at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. Louisiana, like other states on the bottom 10 list, has also been heavily influenced by a decline in the energy sector. In addition to Louisiana, today’s bottom 10 includes such energy-dependent
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Governors and their approval ratings, in the bottom 10 states:
eymour: Larry Janesky, CEO of Basement Systems, will see his company hit the thirty year mark next year, but the celebration is coming a little early.
states as Alaska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, West Virginia and Wyoming. In fact, two of these states -- Alaska and West Virginia -- actually ranked in the top 10 in 2013, before the full force of the energy decline was felt. Ironically, voters’ understanding of the boom-and-bust patterns in the energy sector may be keeping their governors’ approval ratings higher than they would otherwise be, said several experts. “Most Alaskans recognize that the state’s heavy dependence on oil production and tax revenues derived from it means that the fiscal health of the state suffers when production is declining and oil prices are low,” said Jerry McBeath, a political scientist at the
at the company, which exceeds three hundred employees, has increased by 50 staff members in the past twelve months. In addition to directly providing services to homeowners, the company franchises the Basement Systems name and provides systems and products
The company has just unveiled a new three story 37,000 square foot “Building 9,” a $5.5 million dollar expansion featuring additional office and warehouse space on its fifty acre campus in Seymour. Janesky was Business New Haven’s Businessperson of the Year in 2009 when he told us “If you’re not growing, you’re dying.” That philosophy has worked well for the combined companies, which have more than $100 million in annual sales and 400 dealers in three countries. The company’s Connecticut Basement Systems division services Connecticut and Westchester directly with basement waterproofing, crawl space and foundation repair. Janesky has said employment A ugust S eptember 2016
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University of Alaska-Fairbanks. “That’s what most would blame for poor economic conditions now.” Methodology “For each of the six variables, the states were ranked from 1 to 50, with 1 being the best score for that variable and 50 the worst score. Once the 1 through 50 rankings for all six variables were clear, each state’s ranking was added up, double-weighting two of the six measures -- current unemployment and percent change in real GDP -- that was considered the most important. After adding up each state’s rankings, including the double-weighted ones, it was divided by eight to create an overall average ranking for each state. A rank of 1 in each category would produce an average rating of 1.0, while a rank of 50 would produce an average of 50.0. In reality, no state was perfectly strong or perfectly weak. All states had a mix of rankings, with the rankings for some variables higher than others, so the states’ average rankings ranged between 13.3 and 40.6 rather than 1 to 50.” The survey and attributions are the product of Governing Magazine, which is available at governing.com
to dealers. The Seymour staff support the dealers with products and training and the new facilities, which include the company’s third warehouse, will also house new training facilities for dealer contractors. Janesky explained how problems he saw with wet basements helped form the basis for his company when we first wrote about him in 2009, and how the challenges of wet basements and older foundations led to his company’s success, “that made me think about new products — new and better draining systems, new and better sump-pump systems, basement flooring systems, basement wall, paneling and covering systems, basement window products — we innovated in all those areas and took the industry to a whole different place than it had been before.” Janesky says he didn’t want to add a mundane building, telling the media at the opening, “Building 9 is a glass, blue-and-white warehouse with a 9-foot stainless steel globe out in front that mirrors the one from the (1964) World’s Fair.”
State Supreme Court Makes Workplaces “420 Friendly”
artford: Connecticut’s Supreme Court made a giant change in employment law and potentially changed workplace rules for use of illegal drugs, potentially including alcohol. The court overturned the firing of a state employee for smoking marijuana, an illegal substance, at work. The court said the employee could have been suspended but firing of the state employee was unnecessary
The origin of the term “420 Friendly” is disputed but Marijuana smokers across the world celebrate April 20 just the same. In New Haven a sale on cookies was proferred by the campus oriented cookie store chain, Insomnia Cookies.
The 7-0 vote made it clear that the court chose to side with an arbitrator’s ruling that Gregory Linhoff simply be suspended for six months without pay and subject to a year’s worth of drug testing.
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The state and a lower court saw the issue differently saying that a suspension would essentially encourage illegal drug use by employees. The court said that, “by the arbitrator’s estimation, the grievant’s personal qualities and overall record indicate that he is a good candidate for a second chance,” Rogers wrote, adding “moreover, the discipline the arbitrator imposed was appropriately severe, and sends a message to others who might consider committing similar misconduct that painful consequences will result.” In a potential complication on future cases, the court cited that “no potential danger” to others was involved in Linhoff’s illegal drug use. Linhoff maintained his use of the illegal substance was caused by his need to relieve “anxiety” caused by difficulties in his marriage and “a recent cancer scare.”
(NASDAQ: PWX) for $25.00 per share, or approximately $126 million. The acquisition is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2016. P&W is headquartered in Worcester, Mass., and operates in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York. The, P&W line runs contiguous with G&W’s New England Central Railroad (NECR) and Connecticut Southern Railroad (CSO). 140 P&W has approximately 14 employees and 32 locomotives that run along 163 miles of P&W owned track,m in addition to 350 miles under track access agreements, including exclusive freight access over Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor between New Haven, and Providence, R.I., and trackage rights over Metro-North Commuter Railroad, Amtrak and CSX Corp. (NASDAQ: CSX) between New Haven, Conn., and Queens, N.Y. P&W interchanges with G&W’s NECR and CSO railroads, as well as with CSX, Norfolk Southern (NYSE: NSC), Pan Am Railways, Pan Am Southern, the Housatonic Railroad and the New York and Atlantic Railroad, and also connects to Canadian National (NYSE: CNI) and Canadian Pacific (NYSE: CP) via NECR. The rail provider serves a “diverse mix of aggregates, auto, chemicals, metals and lumber customers in southeastern New England, handling approximately 43,000 carloads and intermodal units annually.” P&W provides rail service to three ports; Providence, Davisville and New Haven) and to a U.S. Customs bonded intermodal terminal in Worcester.
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Dan Esty, Yale’s leading “tree hugger” and former Commissioner of Connecticut Department of Energy and The Environment will lead the Sustainability Leadership Forum. New Haven: Yale University, Yale will host the first Yale Sustainability Leadership Forum, September 21-23, bringing together “perspectives from the United States and across the world, from business, government, NGOs, and academia, to examine the concept of sustainability.” The forum topics are expected to include environmental entrepreneurship, sustainable investment strategy, new conservation, circular economies, spurring innovation, sustainability governance, and more. In addition to the modules, Sterling Professor William Nordhaus will deliver a dinnertime talk on “tools for addressing sustainability issues, focusing in particular on carbon pricing mechanisms”, and Mary Evelyn Tucker will deliver a lunchtime talk on the “nexus of ecology and sustainability.” Conntact.com | Business New Haven
S&P Analysis: CT Less Prepared Than Most States For Recession
By Kyle Constableances onnecticut is “poorly poised” to handle a moderate recession when compared to other states, according to a new analysis by Standard & Poor’s Global Ratings.
The ratings agency evaluated the ability of the 10 most debt-burdened states to respond to significant fiscal stress. It determined the first year of a moderate recession would cost Connecticut $1.15 billion in revenue, which far surpasses the state’s reserve fund, currently about $127 million. “We believe the state has a good history of midyear budget monitoring and in recent years has made mid-year budget cuts to restore structural balance,” the report said. “However, structural balance may become more difficult to maintain in a recession scenario due to the state’s rising fixed costs.” The report found that these “high fixed costs” – tax-supported debt service, pension contributions and other post-employment benefits – would consume a substantial portion of revenue. Researchers at Standard & Poor’s say state revenue relies heavily on its top taxpayers, many of whom would see a significant decline in capital gains during a recession. This would, in turn, lead to a decline in the state’s capital gains tax revenue. The report also says the state would be “doubly vulnerable” to a recession because of recent overestimations of income tax revenue. Ben Barnes, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget chief, said the report “reads very much like the governor’s budget address from February.” “We are in a new economic reality, and we must adapt to it,” Barnes said. “We are in a far better position now than we were in 2010, which has required making difficult decisions and cutting spending far deeper than the legislators would like.” Budget director Benjamin Barnes visiting the Capitol press room to report on state revenue forecasts. A ugust S eptember 2016
Budget director Benjamin Barnes in the Capitol press room “We will continue to act in the best interest of the state moving into the future and ensure we can limit the shocks of the next recession.” Offsetting the state’s costs by increasing taxes would be “politically difficult,” the S&P report concluded, because of previous major tax increases under Malloy in 2011 and 2015, as well as the public perception of General Electric’s decision earlier this year to relocate its headquarters from Fairfield to Boston. Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano, R-North Haven, said it is no coincidence that the report’s findings were released as Rogers Corp. announced Monday it would move its headquarters from Killingly to Arizona and Optimum announced Tuesday it would lay off 600 workers in Shelton. “You can’t tell me these events have nothing to do with Connecticut’s economy, or that they will have no effect on the already challenging situations our families are facing,” Fasano said. “They mean less economic development here. They mean more people out of work clamoring for the limited amount of jobs available.” Standard & Poor’s announced in May it would lower Connecticut’s bond rating to “A A-” but maintain a “stable” outlook for the state. The report found three other states – Illinois, Pennsylvania and New Jersey – are also significantly less prepared for an economic downturn, and that the majority of the 10 states analyzed have a “limited capacity” to respond. All told, the researchers concluded, the 10 states could lose $27 billion in revenue. The ratings agency said it has increased its projection for the possibility of an economic downturn in the next 12 months, putting it between 20 and 25 percent. Reprinted with permission CTmirror.com
Local Bankers Repurposed Again Hamden: In the Spring of 2014, Bankwell, headquartered in New Canaan and formerly led by former First Alliance Bank CEO Peyton Patterson, acquired the two branch Quinnipiac Bank & Trust of Hamden. Patterson had previously pulled together two community Fairfield County banks to form Bankwell, then took the company public. The Bankwell plan was a strategy similar to the one she engineered when merging the New Haven Savings Bank and the [already public] Savings Bank of Manchester into New Alliance. Patterson had hoped to use her knowledge and contacts in New Haven to expand Bankwell, and the first stop was the Quinnipiac Bank and Trust, co-founded by former CEO Mark Candido.
Candido Just as the merger with Quinnipiac was completing, Patterson was forced to leave the bank over some alleged personal financial irregularities. Bankwell’s expansion in greater New Haven appears to have come to Barredo a halt with the exit of three key executives. Candido, Richard Barredo who had been the Executive Vice President and COO and Co-founder of Quinnipiac Bank, and Anthony Rossely a long time local lender Rossely were Bankwell’s local lending team. The trio all exited to Newtown Bank, which has set up a commercial lending office in Hamden called the NSB New Haven Regional Banking Center. Newtown Savings Bank has more than $1 billion in assets, and has 14 branches in Newtown, Bethel, Brookfield, Danbury, Monroe, Shelton, Southbury, Trumbull, and Woodbury, along with its new Regional Lending Center.
Greenskies Renewable Energy Has Been Ranked As The Nation’s No. 1 Solar Developer the United States.” Target Stores announced an agreement in the spring of 2015 with Greenskies to purchase power from Greenskies on 180 solar panel installations. Target had previously announced it would be installing solar systems on up to 500 stores by the end of 2016. For more information about Greenskies Renewable Energy, www.greenskies.com.
Number One With The Sun Middletown: Greenskies Renewable Energy has been ranked as the nation’s No. 1 solar developer among commercial contractors on Solar Power World’s 2016 Top 500 Solar Contractors list. Solar Power World’s fifth annual Top Solar Contractors list is the “most recognized annual listing of North America’s top solar contractors.” The magazine groups the Solar companies by the markets they serve (commercial, residential, utility) and by the specific service sector they represent (construction firms, developers, rooftop contractors, electrical subcontractors, etc.) According to the magazine, the company’s ranking is based on the number of megawatts it installed during the 2015 calendar year. Greenskies total of megawatts installed in 2015 ranked it 12th among all solar developers across every market, including developers serving the residential and utility markets. Greenskies is in its eighth year and “designs, builds and maintains solar photovoltaic systems for commercial and industrial clients, municipalities and government agencies, educational institutions and utilities throughout 12
Blavatniks Provide $10 million for Innovation at Yale
and to accelerate the commercialization of groundbreaking, investigator-initiated discoveries. The grant also establishes the Blavatnik Fellows Program, giving a select group of young professionals access to Yale researchers, as well as inventors, venture capitalists, and business leaders, who will provide the fellows with the technical and business skills needed to become the next generation of leaders in scientific entrepreneurship. The Blavatnik Family Foundation also provided support to Tel Aviv University in 2014 to launch the Blavatnik Initiative, a multiyear program committed to the advancement of interdisciplinary scientific research, discovery, and development.
Foundation Boosts Platt Billionaire Blavatnik’s foundation to boost Yale
New Haven, Yale University has received a $10 million grant from the Blavatnik Family Foundation, headed by industrialist and philanthropist Lenoard Blavatnik, to advance entrepreneurship in the life sciences at Yale and to expedite the development, application, and commercialization of breakthrough research. Blavatnik is a Russian born Jew and is worth around $20 billion and his empire spans energy, media, tech. In 2010, he pledged $100 to Oxford University, their largest gift. The multi-year grant will support the Blavatnik Fund for Innovation at Yale, designed to bridge the gap between life sciences research and business
Uber for Lunch New Haven: UberEats a division of the ride sharing service Uber, is now providing service in New Haven. The service says that more than 40 restaurants in the city are participating Uber for their food to be delivered including Soul de Cuba, Junzi Kitchen, Tarry Lodge, Chao Restaurant, and Pacifico. In addition to free delivery on all orders for a limited time to celebrate the launch, New Haveners can also get $10 off their first order using the code CONNEATS There is of course an app, UberEATS, which can be downloaded via mobile phone or at ubereats.com.
Milford: The Gene Haas Foundation is boosting Platt Technical High School a with a $20,000 grant for its Precision Machining program. Platt is part of the Connecticut Technical High School System (CTHSS) and favorite of local manufacturers. The grant will provide scholarships, help purchase tools and support national accreditation from the National Institute for Metalworking Skills Inc. (NIMS).
Ubereats will be competing with existing restaurant delivery services. Grubhub.com, foodler. com, ezcater and seamless.com who all also serve the greater New Haven market with food delivery services from local restaurants.
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The Gene Haas Foundation offers grants to programs like Platt Tech’s Precision Machining program throughout the nation and has previously awarded Platt Tech $15,000 in 2015. Conntact.com | Business New Haven
East Haven: The memorial Cannon on East Haven’s Green memorializes East Haven residents who served and lost lives in the American Revolution and the Civil War. The cannon was dedicated originally in 1911 and rededicated by the town and the Hostorical commission in 1990, East Haven resident Mathew Massimino decided it was time for some more love.
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honored as community leaders. Gateways’s Alumna Honoree, is Elizabeth Reyes, Pre-K Teacher, Christopher Columbus Family Academy. Steve and Sally Glick have been honored numerous times for their community and business
efforts including by Business New Haven as Innovators of the Year, Small Businesspersons and Healthcare Heroes. The Foundation’s annual Hall of Fame Induction & Reception have served as Gateway’s largest source of scholarships that help deserving students train for and secure promising careers.
Massimino, an Eagle Scout with Troop 408, approached East Haven’s mayor Joe Maturo asking if he could “refurbish the cannon, and clean up informational plaques on the monument.” Maturo got sign off from the towns public services union and Massimino solicited input from East Haven Historical Society so his work would meet their standards. Massimino solificted George Miller of A AIS to remove the lead paint from the cannon, Mike Nolan of Nolan’s Monuments to help with the plaques, which list the fallen soldiers. After 119 man hours, and the help of numerous community workers, Massimino submitted as his Eagle Scout project.
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Hall of Famers The Gateway Community College Foundation inducting four outstanding members of the corporate community, community leaders, recognition of “their unique commitment, dedication, and support of the College’s educational mission.” Corporate Honoree: Larry L. Bingaman, is President & CEO, South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority. Scott D. Jackson, Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Labor. Jackson served as Mayor of Hamden from 2009 to his appointment as Commissioner in 2013 by Governor Dannel Malloy. Jackson, and Steve and Sally Glick Founders of the, Chamber Insurance Trust are all being A ugust S eptember 2016
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Millennials: What Do They Think? They’re Our Children, Our Grandchildren, Our Colleagues, Our Employees, Our Customers, Our Students Our Irritation – And The Future By Taylor Richards [and a Millennial]
illennials are peo� ple who were born CHRISTIE BEAULIEU is 22 and caucasian in the 1980s and with ancestors from Ireland and Quebec. She grew up in Old Wethersfield, Connecticut, one 90s. There isn’t a of the oldest towns in the state. She’s finishing verified name for the generation her undergrad degree in Sociology at SCSU and “establishing her independence” by living 45 or a specific start and end date, isminutes away from her parents in an apartment off-campus. She wants to eventually be a social but researchers typically cut off worker. the generation around the year What job do you have? 2000. We’re the �������������� “������������� digitally na� I’m a barista at Maison Mathis in downtown New tive” generation that grew up Haven. It’s in the middle of Yale square or shopping center or whatever it is. when the internet and smart� do you think of the term ‘career’ phones boomed. There’s endless What and how important is having one to you? banter from our parent’s genera� I think, to me, having a career sounds really excittion about how many of us there ing. I’m not picky about the title of what I do as long as I’m helping people. You don’t really know are and how we’re “generation what’s going to happen unless you have long-term goals. Watching someone climb a ladder is interme.” Here’s a round-up of some esting and improving themselves in the workforce local millennials and how they is interesting to me. I’d like to climb some sort of ladder and make accomplishments in my life. feel about age-old American Do you plan on getting married? issues. 14
I don’t plan on it. If it happens, then it happens. When I was younger I always thought I was going to get married, but who the f- knows. What do you think is a good age to get married? My cousins all got married in their early twenties so give me like one year and I’ll be the same age as them. But I don’t know, whenever you feel like you’re not going to get divorced. How many friends do you have in real life versus how many friends do you have online? I have a few groups of friends. I have my closer group which I grew up with, then I have extended friends based off of knowing this person or that person. I’d say I’m pretty close with a majority of them, but like, how close can you be with 30 different people? I have 521 friends on Facebook [after she just checked]. What kind of coffee do you drink and where do you get it? I like macchiatos [shots of espresso capped with milk foam] because I can take it to the face and it’s sweet. I just make it at work because it’s free. Do you have any dietary restrictions? No. What do you think of people who have voluntary dietary restrictions like veganism or paleo? I don’t know what paleo is. I feel like veganism is a good thing to do and advocate for because I really believe the meat and dairy industry are evil, as most corporations in the world. But I don’t have much self-discipline so I admire people who can do that. I try to not eat meat, it’s a stepping stone, but I’m really bad at it. I do admire vegans and vegetarians, but I’m not very informed on how to replace the nutrients that you would get from eating meat and stuff. Do you take selfies? Why/Why not? I take selfies because…. Why do I take selfies…. They make me feel pretty. I don’t post all of them, but I take them when I feel confident or like the way I look.
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How many good friends do you have in real life versus online friends?
What kind of coffee do you drink?
School-wise, yes. I plan to graduate from the University of Bridgeport with a degree in Interior Design and hopefully either do design in Stamford and maybe even Hartford. I want to have a career in it.
I don’t drink coffee. I hate everything about coffee. I drink green tea with honey.
Would you ever get married? What do you think is a good age to do so?
Do you play video games?
Yes, I would. Probably 25 or 26 would be a good time for me.
I would say I probably have 20-30 good friends and around 300-ish Facebook friends.
JUSTIN RUPERT is a white 26-year-old
from Wellsboro, a small town in Northern Pennsylvania. He moved to New Haven to obtain a Master’s in Physics at SCSU. Last year, Rupert signed a lease for a house in Beaver Hills with three other friends he made at school. He also stayed for a job he got at a small company located in Durham, Connecticut.
Do you have any long-term prospects in CT?
Hell yeah. Today I mostly played old N64 games like Super Smash Brothers and Mario Kart because that’s what everyone else in my house plays. I grew up on them too. I play RPGs [roleplaying games] on my phone and Pokemon Go, obviously. I also play the older Pokemon games, like first and second generation for Game Boy Color and stuff like that. I don’t have anything past third generation, which is Emerald I think. I didn’t want to buy a more expensive system. I can’t play the new ones with the old system. You use the old gameboys? Yeah, the newest system I have is gameboy advance. [This system came out in 2001.] Do you take selfies? Rarely. It’s not that I don’t like how I look, it feels a little weird and kind of narcissistic.
What job do you have? I’m a design engineer for a high-performance optics manufacturing company called Aperture Optical Sciences.
Do you consider yourself a liberal, conservative, libertarian, apathetic, etc.? I’m pretty apathetic about all politics, honestly. How many good friends do you have in real life compared to online? I have plenty of good friends in real life, probably about 6 or 7. The number is definitely lower online. What kind of coffee do you drink? I don’t know how to answer that. Regular coffee? Do you have any dietary restrictions? Yes, I’m on a low-fat and low-sugar diet because I have to get my gallbladder removed. I can’t have any raw fruits or vegetables because I have oral allergy syndrome so all fruits and veggies have to be cooked. It’s annoying and so stressful. I respect vegans because I can’t do it. Do you play video games?
Do you want to continue what you’re doing?
I play a lot of Skyrim and The Sims are my favorite game. It’s actually how I got into interior design from putting together houses on that game. I play Destiny and a lot of PS4 and Nintendo DS games, so Animal Crossing and games like that.
Well, I would like to be a telescope operator for a research facility somewhere. So that’s the next step, I guess. What do you think of the term ‘career’ or idea of having a career?
Do you play Pokemon Go? Oh yes.
I can’t wait to have one!
Do you take selfies?
You don’t feel like you do?
Yes. There are days where I look in the mirror and I’m like, I look good, so *click.* Then I’ll post it online if I like it.
No. It could be if I wanted it to be. When I think of career, it’s what you ultimately want to do and it’s something you do until you don’t want to anymore. Do you plan on getting married? When do you think is a good age to do so? I do plan on it. That’s a tough question. If I were to give you a number, it would be around your early thirties because maybe by that time you’ve figured out everything about yourself. That’s when you’re able to do something like that.
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ASHLEY CHARLES is a 21-year-old African
American living with her family in Bridgeport, Connecticut. She works as an associate at Kiko Milano, an Italian makeup store on Broadway in the Yale Shopping Center.
How many good friends do you have in real life versus how many Facebook friends do you have? Well, no one has as many real friends as Facebook friends. I have 281 Facebook friends [after he just checked] and in real life I only have 280 friends so…. [laughs]. Um, I have like four or five good friends I’d say. Do you play video games? Sometimes. I like Tetris, if that counts. I used to play Counterstrike and I play Pokemon Go now. What kind of coffee do you drink?
EMILIO FLORES is 22, Puerto Rican and grew
up in Central Connecticut with his mom, dad, and younger brother. He lives in Westville because he thinks it’s a cute, nice neighborhood and his rent is “pretty cheap for the area.” He’s tired of being a barista at Blue State Coffee and is looking to make coffee somewhere else while he finishes school. What are your long-term prospects in Connecticut? Well, currently just to finish my undergrad at Southern then we will see where I continue my education. It might just be Connecticut because it’s a cheaper option. What job do you have? I’m a barista at Blue State. What job do you want to have? Not a barista at Blue State. I’d like to be a professor of psychology or something like that.
I prefer single-origin, non-gmo, fair trade, shadegrown coffee from Costa Rica from Blue State. [laughs] Working at Blue State, I drink a lot of their coffee, which is great, but I do like LatinAmerican origin coffee. Do you consider yourself a foodie? I enjoy food very much, but I don’t know if I’d call myself a foodie. I’m not always as adventurous as I could be, but living in New Haven, it’s always fun to try different, new foods. Do you have any dietary restrictions? No restrictions, I’m just not a huge fan of certain things. What do you think of people with voluntary dietary restrictions? I respect it, especially when someone’s actually educated on their restrictions and the reasons for doing so. In the case of ethical veganism, you should know how to sustain yourself healthfully. I think it’s admirable when vegans do both. Do you take selfies?
How important is having a career to you?
I do. Who doesn’t take selfies?
It’s important but still being in school, the concept of having a real career still seems somewhat detached from my life. It still seems foreign to me. I’m still wondering like ‘what if I don’t make it.’
JESSICA STEFAN is 18 and just moved
Would you ever switch your job path? No, I’ve gone too far at this point and spent way too much money. I better be a psychologist. Do you plan on getting married/when do you think is a good time to do so? No, not really. I would only get married for tax purposes, because I think marriage is an oppressive, patriarchal institution and I want you to use that. Um, whenever I’m financially stable, I guess.
Is this your first time in Connecticut? No, I’ve come to campus quite a few times. Do you have a job right now? No. What job do you want? I thought for a long time I wanted to be a doctor, but my brother’s going to law school at the University of Oklahoma right now so my dad’s been trying to talk me into being a lawyer. I’m not really sure. You don’t have a major yet? I think I want to go into ethics, politics and economics but I’m not sure. Do you consider yourself a liberal, conservative or apathetic? I’m a conservative. I had a Trump sticker on my car back in Kansas and it got keyed. I’d never have a Trump sticker on anything in Connecticut though. Do you drink coffee?
to Connecticut on August 26 to join Yale’s incoming freshman class of 2020. She’s from Hutchinson, Kansas, where she grew up with her family on a farm. Her parents grew up in the midwest like she did and her father is a doctor.
I don’t drink any. Is that an option?
Do you have any long-term prospects in Connecticut or do you just plan to go to school here?
Of course. Who doesn’t?
Do you ever plan on getting married? Yes. I guess a good time to do so would be out of grad school. Do you take selfies?
I haven’t really thought about Connecticut that much in terms of living. Just Yale brings me here.
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a Polish mother and an African-American father. He said he’s also a little Native American. Luther lived in New Haven his whole life and followed his family out of the city this year. Do you have any long-term prospects in CT? Um, I don’t think so. So you want to move out of here eventually? Yeah, I want to go to New York because I love the city life and it’s kind of boring here. I’ve been around here my whole life. What job do you have? This is where I work [shows me his shirt that says Elm City Market]. I’m a sales associate. What job do you want?
I don’t have friends online. I have like five friends in real life. I like having a small circle to know who’s real. Do you care about politics? I’m not a politician, I don’t pick any sides. I just think freely and I’m my own person. What kind of coffee do you drink? Mainly iced or dark roast. I get it at Willoughby’s because I used to work there. Do you take selfies? Sometimes, every once in awhile. It’s part of this generation, I’m kind of hooked on it. I don’t like the fact that I do it, but I only really do it on Snapchat because it goes away in 24 hours. My Instagram is only my photography. I don’t like having them all over my page.
I’m interested in music and photography. I do photography on the side, so either one of those.
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REAL ESTATE Home Sales Improving HARTFORD: The Warren Group, publisher of the Commercial Record reported that single-family home sales in the Nutmeg State rose 4.1 percent in June.
Bridgeport Building Permit$ Nearly Triple BRIDGEPORT: Things are building up in Bridgeport as evidenced by $1,168,054 in revenue earned from issuing nearly 300 building permits in the city, almost triple from July 2015. This sharp increase in building permit revenue comes as major economic and real estate development projects get underway. A city press release says, “even more building activity is expected over the next 12 months.” The current projects include developments of phase two of the Crescent Crossing housing development on the East Side of Bridgeport, major infrastructure improvements to Bridgeport Hospital, and the Polka Dot Theater renovation and conversion into apartments. “The revenue generated by building permits is a good sign that things are really moving in Bridgeport,” said Mayor Joe Ganim, adding “these are major development projects that will create state of the art new housing and improve health care at one of the region’s most important trauma centers.” Other future building projects that will likely seek permits include the construction of the new Barnum Train Station, more apartment conversion renovations in ‘Downtown North’ Bridgeport, and the beginning of construction of a new natural gas power plant by PSEG to replace the coal-fired plant in the city’s South End.
This June, a total of 3,506 singlefamily homes sold in Connecticut compared with 3,368 sold in June, 2015. This marked the highest number of sales in nine years since June, 2007, when 3,658 homes sold. Year-to-date, sales were up 17.8 percent with 14,419 transactions, compared with 12,240 during the
same timeframe a year ago. The median price of a single-family home in Connecticut rose 1.5 percent in June to $269,000, compared with $264,900 a year ago. This is only the second increase in the median price in 15 months. Year-to-date, prices have decreased by 1.2 percent to $242,000 compared with $245,000 during the same time a year ago.
NEWS Orange: New Haven resident Diana Cipriani has joined Colonial Properties, Inc. as the residential and commercial brokerage’s newest team-member. Cipriani is a licensed realtor and has worked in various New York-based non-profits. She holds a Masters Degree in International Affairs and Economic Development from The New School in New York City and is fluent in Spanish. President of Colonial Properties, Michael Richetelli, says his firm is seeing several indications of the high demand for real estate in downtown New Haven.
Connecticut had the highest number of home sales in nine years since June, 2007 New Haven: Fred A. Messore, a Senior Vice President with Colonial Properties, Inc. represented buyer Pike International in the purchase of a 3,678 square foot commercial building at 27 High Street which it intends to convert into residential apartments. The building, which is on .09 acres of land was sold for $900,000 from University Lutheran Ministry of New Haven, who was represented by Jack Hill of Seabury Hill Realtors. New Haven: 47 Trumbull Street owned by Lincoln’s Inn Associates for the past 40 years was sold to 47 Trumbull LLC. The new owner plans to do some cosmetic upgrades to the property and lease the offices out to multiple tenants, according to Stephen Press, a Principal with real estate company Press|Cuozzo who represented the seller in the transaction. The building, which houses 3,829 square feet of office space, sold for $530,000. Westport: HK Group, a commercial real estate firm based in Westport, announced five lease deals completed by Franco Fellah, the company’s executive vice president. Nefer Fresh Spa also in Westport leased 2,000 square feet of downtown retail space at 141 Post Road East. The business is expected to open in late 2016. OneDX LLC, a medical software company, leased 1,000 square feet of office space at 10 Saugatuck Avenue, Westport. Flora Levin, an ophthalmologist specializing in oculofacial cosmetic, reconstructive surgery, leased 1,350 square feet of medical space in the Willows Medical Complex at 131 Kings Highway North in Westport.
Wilton: Emmanuel’s Kitchen and Bath leased 2,109 square feet of retail space at 1 Danbury Road. The company’s showroom opened in June. Also in Wilton, Alex and Leo, a delicatessen, leased 1,102 square feet of retail space at 17 Danbury Road. The space was previously occupied by a Blimpie submarine sandwich shop. Hamden: Virginia Shea has leased 3,600 SF of commercial space at 21 Pershing Street in Hamden for an Athletic Training Facility and Simulated Golf. The tenant signed a one year lease with a value of $20,000. The landlord is Elm City Management and The Proto Group was the sole broker. Derby: Pet Valu Inc. has leased 3,200 SF of retail space in the Aldi anchored shopping center on Pershing Drive in Derby. The 10 year lease was valued in excess of $675,000. RHYS Commercial represented Pet Valu Inc. and The Proto Group represented the landlord, Pershing Partners, LLC. Wallingford: Shimmer, a new salon leased 1,100 SF of retail space at 775 North Colony Road in Wallingford. The tenant signed a 5 year lease with options, the value was in excess of $75,000. D’Angelo’s Real Estate is the landlord and the Proto Group, LLC was the sole broker in the transaction. Old Saybrook: John Cafasso of Colliers International’s Hartford Office represented SBS Properties LLC of Madison in its sale of 599 Middlesex Turnpike in Old Saybrook, to 599 Middlesex, LLC. The purchase price was $1,085,000. The building will be converted to medical use and The Proto Group LLC represented the buyers.
FRESHBEV EXPANDS WITH NEW INDUSTRIAL SPACE New Haven: A newly constructed 7,500 square feet industrial building located at 55 John Murphy Drive in New Haven will house operations for new tenant Fresh Bev, a specialty nonGMO “farm-to-bottle,” juicemaker who manufactures RIPE Craft Juice and RIPE bar juice. FreshBev is supplier for Whole Foods.. The deal was brokered by Frank D’Ostilio of Wareck D’Ostilio Real Estate, Kevin Geenty of the Geenty Group and Consiglio Properties, LLC.
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New Haven: Kate’s Klips has signed a five year lease for 1,539 square feet at Amity Plaza Shopping Center, 172 Amity Road, New Haven. Kate’s Klips will operate Great Clips in the location. Dan Charest of Acre Group represented the landlord Wellmakara LLC. The Proto Group represented Katie’s Klips. Cheshire: Brian Godin of Godin Property Brokers, recently represented both parties in the sale of a 2,000 square foot Office/ Warehouse Condominium located at 325 Sandbank Road, Cheshire . The buyer is a local investment group Waterbury: Ed Godin Jr, SIOR of Godin Property Brokers, represented the buyer in the $325,000 sale of a 60,000 square foot industrial facility on 3.5 acres at 15 Boyden Street in Waterbury. The former commercial uniform and laundry facility is well located with excellent access to Interstate 84 and Route 8 Highway. The new buyer, Riverbank Construction, is an investor with other Connecticut holdings. They are renovating the facility and repositioning it for multiple tenants. Godin Property Brokers has also been retained to provide the marketing and leasing of the project. The seller was G & K Services Inc. Fairfield: David Cervero, associate vice president and Ralph Michel, senior vice president of HK Group completed the sale of the property at 348 Black Rock Turnpike. for $1.3 million. The property consists of a 2,663 s/f restaurant known as Black Rock Oyster Bar & Grill. 348 Black Rock Turnpike sits on .25 acres. The Black Rock Oyster Bar & Grill was active at the time of the sale. The sellers were FCCW, LLC and Baylor LLC and the buyers were Ahabs Table LLC and Black Rock SoHo, LLC. The buyer will continue to operate the restaurant/bar under a new name. Michel and Cervero represented the buyer. Audrey Longo of Guttman Realty A ugust S eptember 2016
Advisors represented the seller. Fairfield: Angel Commercial, L.L.C., completed the sale of a 24,866 s/f commercial office building located on 1.05 acres at 418 Meadow St. for $2.9 million. Senior vice presidents at Angel Commercial, Brett Sherman, CCIM, represented the seller, and Lester Fradkoff represented the buyer. Owned by BAO Partners, LLC, the building was purchased by Julian Enterprises, headquartered in Milford. West Haven: Kristin Geenty, SIOR, President of The Geenty Group, Realtors and Arnold Grant, MAI of Arnold J. Grant Associates announce the Sale of 5 Water Street, West Haven, Connecticut, known, since 1953 as the Headquarters of
$2.9 milion for 418 Meadow in Fairfield the Bilco Company. Kristin Geenty represented members of the initial development team, Sheldon Gordon and Matt Armstrong, known collectively as The Haven, LLC, who purchased the Bilco property as the key parcel to their future development: The Haven, a proposed upscale outlet mall. The Three Acre property with 116,000 square feet of office and manufacturing buildings sold for $3,100,000.00 in January of 2016. Milford: The Geenty Group, Realtors, reports a lease of 800 SF at 225 Research Drive, Milford. The tenant is Guy Presler of Cali Customs, LLC. The Tenant will use the space for his screen printing business for T-shirts and the like. The landlord is D’Amato Investments, LLC. Bill Clark, Senior Vice-President at The
Very Fulfilling In North Haven North Haven: Fulfillment Works of Orange is moving and expanding. Currently the fulfillment distribution company occupies a 100,000-square-foot facility on Marsh Hill Road in Orange. The need for more space has propelled the company to move to 297 State Street in North Haven in the third quarter. The former Northeast Graphics building is 400,000 square feet on 17 acres and Fulfillment Works will be occupying approximately half of the facility owned and managed by ClearRock Properties, based in New York City. No additional employment is expected as part of the initial move by the company. 1-800-Pack Rat the moving, storage and portable storage and container company also leases 54,000 square feet n the building as does Red Threads a division of Steelcase office furniture which leases 104,000 square feet. Geenty Group, was the sole agent in this transaction.
Haven Table & Bar on State Street.
North Haven: DanMar Construction, which specializes in building construction and renovation, has leased office space at 88 Old Broadway in North Haven, in a deal brokered by Levey Miller Maretz. Steve Miller, principal at Levey Miller Maretz, represented both the tenant and the landlord in the deal. DanMar Construction leased 480 square feet of office space from Mario Gambardella. DanMar is a family owned and operated construction firm that also offers full design services. The company does ground-up work, as well as remodeling, excavation, additions and roofing for residential and commercial properties.
Hamden: Richard’s Corner Gourmet Deli on Whitney Avenue in Hamden has a new owner, thanks to a deal brokered by Levey Miller Maretz. Shawn Reilly of Levey Miller Maretz was the sole broker in the deal, in which Ochee LLC bought the long-standing business for $175,000. The new owner plans to maintain the 1,700-square-foot business, which has operated for 16 years at 1647 Whitney Avenue, as it previously was, while adding some new features.
New Haven: A new barbecue restaurant has opened in downtown New Haven, thanks to a deal brokered by Levey Miller Maretz. Shawn Reilly of Levey Miller Maretz represented the buyer and the seller in the deal, in which Albert Greenwood and Associates bought the business at 969 State Street for $75,000. The 1,200-square-foot site previously housed C.O. Jones Mexican Restaurant for more than a decade. The buyer has opened Bull & Swine New Haven Barbecue at the site, and also operates nearby Oak
North Haven: Pearce Commercial Pros in the Company’s Milford Commercial Office, successfully sold 340 Woodmont Road, Milford for $2,425,000. Carl G. Russell, CCIM, SIOR, and senior broker, and John Bergin, senior commercial specialist, represented LBI Industries, the seller of the property, a 30,000 SQFT light industrial building on 1.82 acres of land. The buyer of the property, Winstanley Enterprises, LLC, Concord, MA., was represented by Chris O’Hara of Coldwell Banker Commercial. The property will be redeveloped for Precision Sensors, a Division of United Electric Controls, which provides pressure
specialist, and Carl G. Russell, CCIM, SIOR, and senior broker, sold 9 Research Drive, Milford, for $950,000. Bergin and Russell represented the seller, Woodsearch Realty LLC of Woodbridge. Amiee Higgins of Jcorp Realty of Shelton, represented the buyer, Wellspring Cultural and Education Foundation, an organization which promotes and supports the cultural heritage of the Turkish-American community by “organizing, festivals, community events, art exhibits, intercultural conferences and programs.” Branford: O,R&L Commercial, LLC announces a 3,217 SF professional office lease at 944 Main Street in downtown Branford, across from the Branford Green and Town Hall. Rich Guralnick, CCIM of O,R&L Commercial represented both the Landlord DECA Properties, LLC and the new tenant, Acara Partners LLC/Reach Beyond Marketing, LLC in the transaction. Acara Partners is a business consultancy led by husband and wife team Francis and Colleen Acunzo. Acara has worked with over 175 clients in the health, wellness, beauty and medical aesthetics industries throughout the United States and internationally.
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MARKETING Thirty Years To Overnight Success
ew Haven: Chuck Mascola, President of ad agency Mascola Group, says he isn’t seeing any sign of slowing down as the agency will be hitting the thirty year mark next year. He says that rather than signs of withering old age, the agency is showing “impressive signs of growth.” On a local level, Mascola will continue to manage social media for Torrington-based Dymax, a global manufacturer of advanced light-curable adhesives. In addition, the agency will manage media planning and offer creative and strategic support to the Connecticut manufacturer. It also added The Union, a new luxury apartment building, as a client. Mascola provides public relations services, digital marketing, creative support, and media planning and buying for the 90-year-old building owned by Cooper Church, LLC of New York. On a national level, Mascola is will partnering with Minnesota-based Safety Productions Group, offering strategic marketing services, including media planning and buying, creative support, tradeshow management, digital marketing, public relations and social media management to the rooftop and in-plant safety products builder. Kelly Sobolewski, is a new hire as a Media Associate. Sobolewski graduated from Roger Williams University with degrees in marketing and web development and a minor in political science. Macola explains why a youthful newbie wants to be there, “he work we’re doing for our newest clients is fresh, fun and exciting for everyone to be a part of,” Mascola said.
Windsor Marketing Group Completes Expansion Eco-friendly facility moves company to zero waste goal Suffield: Windsor Marketing Group (WMG), a producer of instore marketing solutions for the major retailers, has completed a 120,000-square-foot expansion of its headquarters. The company says that its expansion has incorporated environmentally friendly elements to its building and production systems. 20
T5 lighting with LED lighting in key manufacturing areas reduce electricity usage and are longer lasting than conventional lighting elements. Time-sensitive heating and cooling systems that automatically heat and cool the facility on demand only. A carbon filtration system that completely replaces air six times per hour, resulting in optimal air quality. Pallets are made of recycled plastic, making them more durable than disposable wood pallets.
Rather than signs of withering old age the agency is showing “impressive signs of growth”. Shop, Eat, Be Right Milford: Shoprite is now offering customers complimentary health and wellness advice, counseling and meal planning at its Milford store, provided by a new in-store retail dietitian Kristen Martin, RD, CSG, CD-N. “We’re extremely excited to have Kristen joining us at the ShopRite of Milford as a retail dietitian,” says Harr y Garafalo, whose family also operates ShopRite stores in East Haven, Stratford, West Haven and Hamden. Adding, “we’re confident that she will have a very positive impact on our local community, as
well as our ShopRite team.” Ms. Martin studied Nutritional Sciences as an undergraduate at the University of Connecticut and is working toward her Masters of Public Health degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. A schedule of Ms. Martin’s upcoming activities can be found on ShopRite.com under “Health Events” http://www.shoprite.com/ wp-content/uploads/2016/06/ Milford-CT-July-2016.pdf . As part of ShopRite’s Retail Dietitian team, Ms. Martin is one of more than approximately 120 Registered Dietitians who service ShopRite customers in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware and Maryland.
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Department of Economic and Community Development, jobs in the state’s “professional and business services” area grew by 1.1% since last year.
Radio Revs Inch Up Greenwich: TownSquare Media (TSQ) released its second quarter results for 2016 showing a 2.1% increase in net revenue. The company owns and operates dozens of radio stations across the country including Connecticut’s classic rock station i95, country station Kicks 105.5, and Sports Radio 940, all out of Danbury.
Crave Fashion? Stop Here! Branford: Zuri is a new fashion based company and online website that hopes to provide “on-location hair and makeup for weddings and special events and personal styling for both women and men.”
More Urban Chic Meriden: Swedish clothing retailer H & M, famous for offering urban chic apparel at affordable prices, will open a ninth Connecticut location at Meriden’s Westfield Mall. ”We are thrilled to be opening our ninth location in Connecticut,” said U.S. President of H&M, Daniel Kulle. ”The state has been very welcoming to us and we are excited to create more employment opportunities with our expansion there.” Hartford: According to the latest CT Economic Digest, a report released by the CT Labor Department and the CT A ugust S eptember 2016
Jenna Poitras, Zuri’s creator, brings both her 11 years of experience in the beauty industry and fashion blogging to launch a company that she says “will cater to audiences who crave fashion, beauty, and health as a lifestyle choice.” Zuri’s concept, she adds, is “Empowering Women to live life beautifully and to be confident and to feel beautiful inside and out.” Zuri will provide “hand selected boutique shopping and on trend styles that women around the world can identify with,” as well as its own line own line of lip glosses, lipsticks and lip plumpers.” For more information visit www.zuri.life
Gaults Change After 153 Years Westport: Sam Gault is the fifth generation leader of the oldest business in Westport at 153 and he is embracing change. Sam Gault With 150 employees, the company has a development arm Saugatuck Center Development, and Gault Energy and Stone and now a new name, Gault Family Companies, with three divisions Energy Home Solutions, Stone & Landscape Supplies and Properties & Development. The company had help for its rebranding and logo from Westport’s The Visual Brand.
Boston Marketing Firm Helping Corsair Take Wing Boston: Proverb has completed branding and marketing assignments for the Corsair Apartments, one of New Haven’s newest additions to the luxury apartment segment. According to Proverb’s Managing Director, Daren Bascome, Proverb worked in collaboration with long-time clients Bozzuto Management Company and Post Road Development, and was tasked with creating
Cronin Powers Up Adds Four More Glastonbury: Cronin and Company, LLC, has bulked up its staff this summer with four new hires. Michael Colianna of West Haven, joined the agency’s interactive team as a Web Developer. He previously worked for DrinkCaffeine in Madison. Colianna attended Southern Connecticut State University.
Melissa Kiamie of Manchester joined the agency’s public relations team as an Account Coordinator. She previously served as a public relations intern. Kiamie is a recent graduate from the University of Rhode Island where she earned her
brand platforms for Corsair Apartments, built on the site of former manufacturing facility [and former home to Starr Distributors] noted for producing the 6-foot long propellers used for the F4U ‘Corsair’, a WW II fighter aircraft for which the apartments take their name. Corsair is located in the East Rock area of New Haven. Proverb developed strategic positioning, brand identity, marketing collateral, environmental design, and websites for the property. Billings for the assignment were not revealed.
bachelor’s in public relations as well as textile merchandising, science and design. Julia Rosenfield of Avon joined as the account service team as a Management Supervisor. She previously worked at The Hartford. Rosenfield Rosenfeld earned her bachelor’s at the University of Connecticut and then went on to New York University where she earned her master’s degree. Jess Rubin of Uncasville also joined the agency’s account service team as an Assistant Account Executive. She previously worked for CBRE-[CB Richard Ellis Real Estate] New England. Rubin received her bachelor’s in business administration with a concentration in marketing from Eastern Connecticut State University. Additional information about Cronin is available online at www.cronin-co.com. 21
TECHNOLOGY Eleven Local Cos. Reach the Tech Top CT Tech Council To Announce Fastest Growers Hartford: The Connecticut Technology Council (CTC) and Marcum LLP announced the 2016 Marcum Tech Top 40, an annual recognition of the “fastest growing” technology companies in Connecticut. Companies in six industry sectors, including Advanced Manufacturing, Energy/Environmental, Life Sciences, New Media/Internet/ Telecom, IT Services, and Software. Companies are both privately and publicly held, and according to CTC “at least $3 million in annual revenue and a demonstrated record of revenue growth in each of the preceding four years.” This year, 12 companies are publicly traded and five have reached more than $1 billion in sales.
Bruce Carlson, CTC’s President and CEO said, “Connecticut is proud of its remarkable heritage of innovation and entrepreneurship. Employment growth in Connecticut will come in part from the technology.” Achillion Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc., Amphenol Corporation, Cara Therapeutics, Inc., Clarity Software Solutions, Inc., Continuity Software, Core Informatics, LLC, Discover Video, Sheffield Pharmaceuticals, LLC. , Square 9 Softworks, Inc. and Z-Medica, LLC are all local companies that made the initial cutoff. A complete list of companies is available online at www.ct.org.
Parking is cited commonly about shopping and eating in downtown New Haven. Colleges Trying To Unlock The Code[ing] With Contest Fairfield: To boost student software coding skills, the Connecticut Technology Council is running the second annual Skills Challenge. And for Connecticut technology companies in need of skilled employees, the event is a chance to check out the best talent the state’s colleges and universities have to offer in terms of computer coders. This past April, the first competition was completed and included contestants
on September 27 at Quinnipiac, September 30 at University of New Haven and October 4 at SCSU.
from 10 colleges and universities, including the University of New Haven, Quinnipiac University and Southern Connecticut State University. Beginning September 21 at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, the second event will kick off. There will be 10 rounds including
Apps Competing for the Parking “Space” New Haven: Access to parking is cited most commonly to this publication about working, shopping and eating in downtown New Haven. City officials are hoping that mobile “parking apps” can ease the pain by helping consumers pay for parking, extend their time, and even get parking subsidy from participating merchants.
The winners of the preliminary events will advance to the finals to be held at Yale University’s School of Management on December 3 with teams of five students each and the opportunity to win a cash prize. Companies looking for software help can attend and recruit at the event. For more information, ct.org.
The new GoNewHaven parking app was “specifically” designed by Passport of Wilmington, DE for New Haven and its 3,000 parking meters. The GoNewHaven App works with Iphone and Android phones, likewise Parkmobile is a parking App for New Haven that also works with cities around the country, including Newark, Boston, Pittsburgh, and Washington, DC. The Parkmobile payment system is expected to be implemented across New York City by the end of the year.
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Mehlman Mitchell J. Mehlman joins Murtha Cullina LLP New Haven as part of the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group where his primary focus will be preparing and prosecuting patent applications in a wide array of technical areas including chemical, pharmaceutical, microelectronics packaging, and mechanical. Before attending law school, Mr. Mehlman worked for more than 20 years as an engineer and engineering manager. Prior to joining Murtha Cullina, Mehlman practiced for more than ten years a patent attorney in private law firms. Mehlman received a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from Queens College, The City University of New York, a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering from Columbia University, School of Engineering and Applied Science, and earned his law degree from the Franklin Pierce Law Center Connex Credit Union has promoted Assistant Branch Manager Michelle Panzo to Branch manager. Panzo has been at Connex for more than 25 years and began as a full-time teller A ugust S eptember 2016
before progressing to a service coordinator. She obtained leadership functions when she oversaw all branch staff in her position as cashier, and in her eventual role as mortgage coordinator in the consumer lending department. Panzo graduated from the University of New Haven with a degree in political science.
Spring is a resident of New Hartford who joined Webster in 2004. Spring has been a Rotary Club member for six years and is also the chairwoman for the Salvation Army of Litchfield Hills.
Nezas Retkowski Petty Officer 2nd Class Nicholas Retkowski a 2010 Naugatuck High School is a culinary specialist serving aboard the Bangorbased boat, one of 14 Ohio-class ballistic missile submarines as part of a crew working aboard one of the world’s most advanced ballistic missile submarines, the USS Alabama. Retkowski is part of the boat’s Blue crew, one of the two rotating crews, which allow the ship to be deployed on missions more often without taxing one crew too much. A typical crew on this submarine is approximately 150 officers and enlisted sailors. Mayor Joe Ganim today announced the appointment of Kimberly Staley as Bridgeport Assistant
Chief Administrative Officer. Staley recently left her position as Vice President and Director of client services with KRA Corporation where she managed all client-focused services, including contractual agreements. Staley is a product of the Bridgeport public school system and was raised in Father Panik Village and the PT Barnum public housing communities. Staley received a Bachelor of Arts from Howard University and earned a Masters of Science in Education Degree, with a Major in Workforce Education and Development from Southern Illinois University. Teresa Spring, vice president and banking center manager in Litchfield, Connecticut at Webster Bank is the new president of the Rotary Club of Litchfield-Morris.
Steven Nezas and Francesca Forlivio were elected to the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum’s Board of Trustees. Mr. Nezas, an East Norwalk resident, is Vice President, Retirement & Insured Solutions at Morgan Stanley in Purchase, New York. Previously, he worked as Regional Vice President for the Global Atlantic/ Forethought Financial Group, and as Senior Advanced Markets Consultant for the Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. Nevas earned a Bachelor of Arts, Economics and Business from the Virginia Military Institute. Francesca Forlivio graduated from Fordham University in 2014 and after working as an intern for Fortune 500 companies, such as Purdue Pharma and Viacom, she joined John M. Glover Insurance Agency, in Norwalk, as a Human Resources & Account Executive. Her commitment to health and wellness led her to join the Norwalk River Rowing Association where she founded the Catch the Drive Program. Francesca lives in Darien. The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum is
a National Historic Landmark. Webster Bank named John Tracey Managing Director senior relationship manager for the Commercial Bank’s Sponsor and Specialty Finance group. In this position, Tracey is responsible for originating and executing senior secured credit facilities for private equity sponsors and middle market companies across all sectors of the healthcare industry. Previously, he was managing director and head of Healthcare risk management at Varagon Capital Partners, a middle market asset management firm. Tracey earned his bachelor of arts in economics and finance from Bucknell University
Payveris, a provider of cloud -based digital payment and money movement platform for U.S. financial institutions announces the addition of Chuck Carr as senior vice president of product management. Carr has received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Drexel University in Philadelphia. Kevin Zavaglia has been named president of Verizon’s Northeast Market based at the company’s market headquarters in Morristown, New Jersey. Zavaglia will oversee all business functions across the 10-state market including New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Rhode Island, western Pennsylvania and northern Delaware. Previously, Zavaglia served as President of the company’s New York Metro Region. Prior to that, he led Verizon Enterprise Solutions’ North America.
Green and his MBA from New York University, Stern School of Business. Creative Arts Workshop has selected Robin Green as their 20162017 Gallery Fellow. Green is a quiltmaker, whose quilts are unique expressions of form, color, and rhythm. She is also an art historian with degrees from Oberlin College and Yale University.
Carolyn Welch has joined Chelsea Groton Bank as Vice President, Commercial Loan Officer. She will be based at the Bank’s Lending Center in Glastonbury. Welch will work to develop commercial loan relationships with centers of influence in Hartford, Middlesex and New Haven counties. Most recently, Welch was Senior Vice President, Market Manager –Business Banking at Citizens Bank. 23
Employer Recognition Dinner
ACES Business Advisory Council cordially invites you to ACES 17th Annual Employer Recognition Dinner
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 Cocktail Hour 5:30pm | Buffet Dinner 6:30pm Keynote Speaker: Anthony Rescigno | President, Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce Anthony’s Ocean View 450 Lighthouse Road • New Haven, CT 06512 Dinner Cost: $45/Per Person Two complimentary dinners will be provided to each company recognized. Additional dinners may be purchased at $45.00 each. In addition to each company’s two complimentary dinners, a table of 8 may be purchased for $340.00. A table of 10 may be purchased for $410.
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