Local businesses to hear about economy at Chamber breakfast

Published on Monday, 7 January 2019 19:40


BRISTOL - The president and CEO of the Connecticut Business & Industry Association, Joe Brennan; and assistant director of research and information at the state Department of Labor, Patrick Flaherty, will be featured speakers at the Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce’s Economic Forecast Breakfast.

The event this Thursday will begin with registration and breakfast at 7:30 a.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton at 42 Century Drive. The program will then be held from 8 to 9:30 a.m., with topics including Brennan weighing in on “what business thinks” as it relates to jobs, growth and elections and Flaherty providing a perspective on Connecticut’s economic status and outlook.

“As we are headed into 2019 with a new governor carrying the state on his shoulders, it is important that all business owners hear what is going on,” said Cindy Bombard, president and CEO of the Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce. “Joe has already met with the governor-elect to talk about the business climate and what he intends to do about it. Patrick is an economist and he does research on what is going to be happening moving forward. This is the perfect time for business owners to become informed about what people ‘in the know’ are sensing or feeling about the business environment in the new year.”

Brennan is also the president of CBIA’s Education & Workforce Partnership, which supports STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education in public schools and in training programs intended to enhance the skill sets of employees at member companies.

Brennan has served on legislative and administrative task forces, Bombard said, in regards to such issues as state and local taxes, economic policy, manufacturing competitiveness and workforce readiness.

“Prior to Flaherty’s promotion to assistant director, he was an economist in the office of research, where his responsibilities included occupational projections and long-term industry projections,” Bombard said.

Flaherty received his bachelor’s in social studies from Harvard University and his master’s in economics from the University of Connecticut.

“He has authored several manuscripts for the office of research and has given many talks and presentations to business and jobseeker groups,” Bombard added. “He is also adjunct faculty at the University of Connecticut, where he is teaching principles of microeconomics during the 2019 semester.”

In addition to the Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce, this event is sponsored by the New England Spring & Metalstamping Association and the Connecticut Tooling and Machining Association.

Chamber members can register in advance for $30. Non-members can pay $35 at the door as they walk in. To register, visit centralctchambers.org or call 860-584-4718.

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or bjohnson@bristolpress.com.

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol, Central CT Chamber of Commerce on Monday, 7 January 2019 19:40. Updated: Monday, 7 January 2019 19:42.