Hartford Business Journal

July 26, 2021

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2 HARTFORDBUSINESS.COM | JULY 26, 2021 Biz Briefs HartfordBusiness.com | (860) 236-9998 Editorial Greg Bordonaro | Editor, ext. 139, gbordonaro@hartfordbusiness.com Sean Teehan | Staff Writer, ext. 145, steehan@hartfordbusiness.com Beats: Manufacturing, Startups & Entrepreneurs, Technology, Higher Education and Transportation Zachary Vasile | Web Editor, ext. 128 zvasile@hartfordbusiness.com Beat: Energy Tim Doyle | Lead Researcher Heide Martin | Research Assistant Steve Laschever | Photographer Business Tom Curtin | Publisher, ext. 124, tcurtin@hartfordbusiness.com Christina Zuraw | Events Coordinator, ext. 134, czuraw@hartfordbusiness.com David Hartley | Senior Accounts Manager, ext. 130, dhartley@HartfordBusiness.com Daniel Schilke | Senior Accounts Manager, ext. 135, dschilke@HartfordBusiness.com Valerie Clark | Director of Audience Development, ext. 332 vclark@nebusinessmedia.com Jill Coran | Human Resources Manager jcoran@nebusinessmedia.com Megan Mason | Operations Assistant, mmason@hartfordbusiness.com Production Christie Novotny | Production Director, ext. 147 cnovotny@hartfordbusiness.com Peter Stanton | CEO, pstanton@nebusinessmedia.com Tom Curtin | President, ext. 124, tcurtin@hartfordbusiness.com Mary Rogers | COO/CFO, mrogers@nebusinessmedia.com Subscriptions Annual subscriptions are $96.00. To subscribe, visit HartfordBusiness.com, email hartfordbusiness@ cambeywest.com, or call (845) 267-3008. Advertising For advertising information, please call (860) 236-9998. Please address all correspondence to: Hartford Business Journal, 100 Allyn Street, Suite 3, Hartford, CT 06103 Stay Connected For breaking and daily Greater Hartford business news go to: www.HartfordBusiness.com HBJ on Twitter: @HartfordBiz HBJ on Facebook: www.facebook.com/HartfordBiz HBJ on Linkedln:www.linkedin.com/company/the-Hartford- Business-Journal Daily e-newsletters: HBJ Today, CT Morning Blend: www. hartfordbusiness.com/enewsletters Hartford Business Journal (ISSN 1083-5245) is published bi-weekly, 27x per year — including two special issues in November and December — by New England Business Media, LLC, 100 Allyn Street, Suite 3, Hartford, CT 06103. Periodicals postage paid at Hartford, CT and at additional entry points. Tel: (860) 236-9998 | Fax: (860) 570-2493 Copyright 2020. All rights reserved. Postmaster: Please send address changes to: Hartford Business Journal P.O Box 330 Congers, NY 10920-9894 T he state Department of Economic and Community Development has launched a new website with the aim of showcasing and promoting Connecticut's strong points for young professionals. The page, www.CTForMe.com, and an accompanying Instagram account feature original and curated content such as videos, fi rst-person testimonials, statistics, news stories and networking resources, all designed to highlight Connecticut's economic and cultural advantages. State offi cials said the content will focus mainly on themes of particular interest to young, educated people, including walkable cities, open spaces, arts, sustainability, employment opportunities and diversity. Alluding to the infl ux of New Yorkers into Fairfi eld and Litchfi eld counties seen during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic last year, Gov. Ned Lamont said the state has a window to capitalize on changing work-life preferences and draw more people to the state's cities and suburbs. CT making play for young professionals with new website, outreach eff orts A screenshot of a new state website promoting Connecticut to young professionals. The Bushnell in Hartford received $5.7 million through the federal Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program. Study: Greater Hartford 53rd-best place to live in U.S. Hartford and its surrounding communities are getting high marks for their cultural institutions, scenic neighborhoods and overall high quality of life in a new study from U.S. News & World Report. The publication ranked the Hartford metro area 53rd on its annual "Best Places to Live" report, placing the region just outside the top third of the 150-place list. The study examines metrics such as job market quality, weather, housing costs, commute times and diversity. Analysts highlighted attractions such as the Wadsworth Atheneum and the historic residences of Mark Twain and Harriet Beecher Stowe, all situated in Hartford, and praised the region's abundance of performance venues, restaurants and state parks. CT venues receive nearly $65M from federal grant program Connecticut entertainment venues and museums have received nearly $65 million in federal aid through the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program. The program, a carve-out of the American Rescue Plan, was signed into law at the end of last year, and includes $15 billion in relief grants to closed entertainment venues, according to the Small Business Administration. Ninety-four Connecticut entities received awards between $15,000 — Main Street Ballet Company in Woodbridge — to $8.8 million — North American Entertainment Group in Guilford — according to SBA data PHOTO | CONTRIBUTED PHOTO | CONTRIBUTED The Wadsworth Atheneum is a major Hartford cultural draw. PHOTO | CONTRIBUTED

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