2011: Working Together Toward Success
From the Governor
As governor of the state of Connecticut, my top priorities are getting our fiscal house in order and creating new jobs. In the past nine months, we’ve made great strides in crafting and implementing a budget that stays within our means. Working with our fellow state employees, we have created real, structural change in health care and pensions. But over the past 20 years, Connecticut has experienced little to no job growth, lagging behind every state but one in this key economic measurement. We must change that reality and demonstrate to entrepreneurs, and the business community as a whole, that my administration is serious about improving the state’s business climate and growing jobs.
At my request, the legislature recently made the commissioner of the Department of Economic and Community Development the chair of Connecticut Innovations, the Connecticut Development Authority and the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority. This change will greatly improve collaboration among the state’s economic development entities and, coupled with the consolidation of DECD with other job creation agencies and bureaus, will provide integrated resources to enable streamlined delivery of services to businesses. We need to make sure that people know our state is open for business – and we mean it.
Connecticut Innovations, a key member of the state’s economic development team, has been investing in emerging technology companies for 22 years. CI’s investments have enabled entrepreneurs to launch important technology ventures, supported job growth and created a vibrant technology economy for the state. I applaud CI’s efforts and look forward to continuing to work with them. With a strong economic development framework in place, Connecticut will nurture a critical mass of innovative companies and foster a culture of entrepreneurship helping us to create the jobs of the future today.
Dannel P. Malloy
Governor of Connecticut
Please take a moment to view our 2011 Annual Report.