Hartford Business Journal

February 1, 2016

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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 1, 2016 Volume 24, Number 9 $3.00 Subscribe online Friday, March 18th, 2016 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 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 Legislative Preview Focus Check out numerous business-related issues likely to be debated during this year's legislative session. PG. 8 By Matt Pilon mpilon@HartfordBusiness.com T ax increases may be off the table during the legis- lative session that begins this week, but the busi- ness community will remain on the defensive, lobbyists say, working to fend off proposed mandates that have gained growing support in recent years, including a publicly administered retirement plan. Meanwhile, balancing the budget in the face of growing deficits will be the main priority for legis- lators, who just patched a $350-million hole in the Index ■ Week in Review: PG. 6 ■ The List: PG. 10 ■ Deal Watch: PG. 12 ■ Movers & Shakers: PG. 18 ■ Nonprofit Notebook: PG. 18 ■ Opinion & Commentary: PG. 20 Southern Influence Francine Austin pairs hairstyling with southern cooking at her non-traditional Bloomfield salon and spa. PG. 3 Fresh Start Q&A talks with Stuart Rosenberg, the recently named president of Johnson Memorial Medical Center, which has emerged from bankruptcy and been acquired by Michigan-based Trinity Health. PG. 5 Glimmers of light shine among downtown's retail dark spots By Gregory Seay gseay@HartfordBusiness.com T hey are downtown Hartford's dark monuments. Empty street-level storefronts — some that way for ages — dot many of the cen- tral business district's most-traveled thorough- fares: Asylum, Main, Pearl, State and Trumbull streets. The north side of Pratt Street alone has as many vacant spaces as tenants. But a handful of downtown retail tenants and landlords — including owners of Stackpole Moore & Tryon/Tuesday's and the developers of the decade-old Trumbull On The Park Apart- ments and 777 Main high-rise apartments — say filling those vacancies by making the cen- ter-city more attractive to retail operators and consumers isn't as difficult as it might seem. To start, they say, the impending redevelop- ment of the downtown-north quadrant into a Continued on page 16 Continued on page 14 Lawmakers push for budget pact; Biz fret over mandates Eyewear vendors Steven Abbate (left) and Tom Gauthier have a $250,000 bet on downtown retail. H B J P H O T O | G R E G O R Y S E A Y H B J P H O T O | M A T T P I L O N

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