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December 12, 2016 — Best of Business Awards

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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 DECEMBER 12, 2016 Volume 25, Number 2 $3.00 Subscribe online Coming: December 26, 2016 Hartford area decision makers' most trusted and widely-used resource guide. Lists • Economic Forecast • 5 to Watch Index ■ Reporter's Notebook: PG. 5 ■ Week in Review: PG. 6 ■ The List: PG. 9 ■ Deal Watch: PG. 11 ■ Nonprofit Notebook: PG. 12 ■ Movers & Shakers: PG. 13 ■ Opinion & Commentary: PG. 36 Talent Shortage Hiring and retaining doctors has been a hurdle for smaller hospitals for years, but executives say the challenge has intensified as industry consolidation creates larger systems with more resources. PG. 3 Hungry Market From next to no downtown food markets just a decade ago, Hartford's central business district is now up to at least five — and counting. PG. 14 FOCUS EDUCATION Continued on page 8 2016 Best Of Business Awards SPECIAL SECTION: PAGES 19–34 > H A R T F O R D B U S I N E S S J O U R N A L Your guide to the best of the best This year we turned to our readers to find the top companies in more than 75 B2B service categories. Looking for a legal team? An electrician? An interior decorator for your office? The readers have spoken and their picks are highlighted inside. Turn to page 19 to find out who won! P H O T O | J U L I E C O T N O I R Cross-Border Recruitment CT colleges fill empty seats by luring out-of-state students with tuition breaks By Patricia Daddona pdaddona@HartfordBusiness.com W estfield, Mass., resident Ezra Bloom is taking a one-year advanced man- ufacturing certificate program at Asnuntuck Community College this year, and counting on it to land him an in-demand job. A deciding factor in choosing Enfield-based Asnuntuck over schools in his home state, besides the academics itself, is the tuition break the 31-year-old is getting — an in-state rate of $2,500 per semester instead of an out-of-state rate of $3,500, including both tuition and fees. Across the border in Massachusetts, Springfield Technical Community College charges about $4,000 a semester for a com- parable two-year program. Asnuntuck's in- state tuition "is significantly cheaper, so it's certainly beneficial for me," Bloom said. Asnuntuck is one of two Connecticut col- leges dangling in-state tuition to out-of-state Asnuntuck Community College student Ezra Bloom works with Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center instructor Tam Nguyen. Bloom is taking advantage of the college's new promotion, which allows Bay State students to pay in-state Connecticut tuition rates.

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