Hartford Business Journal

February 2, 2015

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G r e at e r H a r t f o r d ' s B u s i n e s s n e w s w w w. H a r t f o rd B u s i n e s s . c o m for more B2B news visit February 2, 2015 Volume 23, number 10 $3.00 subscribe online Friday, March 20th, 2015 8:30am – 1:00pm Hartford Hilton L e a r n i n n o v a t e C o L L a b o r a t e S a v e SUMMIT ANNUAL 's Index ■ Week in Review: PG. 6 ■ The List: PG. 9 ■ Deal Watch: PG. 10 ■ Reporter's Notebook: PG. 14 ■ Nonprofit Profile: PG. 16 ■ Opinion & Commentary: PG. 20 Focus: HealtH care Reshaping Cancer Care Hartford Healthcare is opening a new cancer institute in New Britain. Read how the building's resort-like design mirrors a national trend in the way hospitals and other providers are erecting new care facilities. PG. 8 Telehealth Push A consortium of medical providers is chasing after a piece of a $400 million federal grant to expand broadband speeds and services to healthcare companies in Connecticut. Read how that could help improve healthcare delivery in the state. PG. 3 Low rates driving brisk demand for CT home loans, refis By Gregory Seay gseay@HartfordBusiness.com F alling mortgage rates are sparking a repeat of demand for original and refinanced home loans in Central Connecti- cut like the run that occurred two years ago, lenders say. "We're seeing a lot of what national institutions are seeing,'' said Brandon Lorey, executive vice president in charge of con- sumer lending for United Bank in Glastonbury, a major mortgage lender throughout Connecticut Continued on page 14 Gina Christopoulos, a customer care rep for Webster Bank, fields a growing number of mortgage callers in the wake of the latest rate drop. P H O T O | C O n T r i b u T e d iConnect leaves Hartford wanting more By Brad Kane bkane@HartfordBusiness.com H artford's program to subsidize new retail locations in downtown's empty storefronts has ended with mixed results, leaving participants and observers wondering what comes next. Of the four businesses that participated in the city's $160,000 iConnect program, one never ended up moving downtown; another departed after its subsidy ended; one relocated to a differ- ent center-city location; and another company stayed in its original storefront. "On a temporary basis, the program is good because it gives Hartford fresh new flavors," Continued on page 12 Filling StoreFrontS Hartford Prints!, which is run by sisters Rory Gale (left) and Callie Gale Heilmann (right), is one of only two retailers that stayed in a downtown Hartford storefront after the Capital City's iConnect program ended. The other retailer that stayed downtown was Naturally Cats & Dogs, whose 10 Trumbull St. location is shown above to the right. H b J P H O T O | b r a d K a n e P H O T O | H b J F i l e

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