Hartford Business Journal

April 4, 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 APRIL 4, 2016 Volume 24, Number 18 $3.00 Subscribe online JUNE 9, 2016 Only 9 WEEKS until C T B E x p o . c o m 1 6 T H A N N U A L Index ■ Week in Review: PG. 6 ■ Deal Watch: PG. 15 ■ The List: PG. 20 ■ Reporter's Notebook: PG. 22 ■ Movers & Shaker: PG. 24 ■ Opinion & Commentary: PG 28 Science Appeal Amid funding uncertainty, the Connecticut Science Center has embarked on a $16 million expansion to broaden Connecticut student's interests in science, math, engineering and technology. PG. 3 Firmly Implanted Joanne and Bruce Crowle may not be household names but their interior horticulture business has decorated some of Connecticut's most prestigious businesses and buildings. PG. 5 A deeper look into Connecticut's growing bioscience industry This week, Hartford Business Journal kicks off its year-long focus on Connecticut's bur- geoning bioscience industry. Throughout 2016, HBJ will publish stories profiling the people, companies and industry trends shaping the cur- rent and future growth of an industry the state has bet billions of dollars on to create jobs and other economic development opportunities. This week, we'll take a look at recent devel- opments in Connecticut's bioscience industry and the intense competition to recruit the most innovative companies in the sector. (Starting on PG. 16 ) Next week, we'll examine how the state's disparate bioscience players are collaborat- ing to break down silos that have restricted the industry's growth over the years. Check out a video of Jackson Laboratory's Farmington facility at HartfordBusiness. com. Send your bioscience-related story ideas to gbordonaro@HartfordBusiness. Research assistant Magalie Collet (left) and Dr. Tina Wu are among the 200 staffers at The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine at UConn Health Center's Farmington campus. House Speaker Brendan Sharkey said cities and towns must collaborate to reduce expenses, or face reduced state funding. P H O T O | C O N T R I B U T E D Municipal officials get dire warning to regionalize By John Stearns jstearns@HartfordBusiness.com C onnecticut's fiscal crisis lends urgency to the need for cities, towns and boards of education to collaborate on more efficient ways to operate, state and local officials recently emphasized in sometimes-blunt terms, warning that if changes aren't made more quickly, local funding will be at risk, putting further pressures on municipal budgets. "I don't believe that there is any way to really resolve the fundamental challenges we have without regionalizing," Hartford Continued on page 8 FOCUS MUNICIPAL COLLABORATION SUMMIT RECAP P H O T O | J . F I E R E C K P H O T O G R A P H Y Building Bioscience A N H B J S E R I E S O N C T ' S B I O S C I E N C E S E C T O R Emerging Sector

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