Hartford Business Journal

March 20, 2017

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For more B2B news visit MARCH 20, 2017 Volume 25, Number 13 $3.00 Subscribe online Don't miss being a part of biggest sales lead generation day of the year on June 8th 2017 Introducing the ALL NEW 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 Index ■ Reporter's Notebook: PG. 5 ■ Week in Review: PG. 6 ■ The Lists: PGS. 9, 10 ■ Deal Watch: PG. 13 ■ Movers & Shakers: PG. 18 ■ Town Profile: PG. 19 ■ Opinion & Commentary: PG. 20 Carbon Tax Bills before Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island state legislatures would create the first state-level carbon taxes in the country and they're garnering intense opposition from businesses. PG. 3 Red-Hot Sector Of the 30 largest commercial property sales recorded in Greater Hartford last year, 20 deals involved apartment complexes, indicating the multifamily housing market remains red hot. PG. 5 Back on Track After construction delays, the owners of downtown Hartford's Radisson Hotel have hired a new contractor to resume the building's partial conversion into apartments. PG. 14 By John Stearns jstearns@HartfordBusiness.com S ome state legislators are attempting to improve Con- necticut's regulatory environ- ment with several bills that would make it easier — and potentially less costly — to operate a business in the state, particularly startups. One proposal (Senate Bill 128) would exempt new businesses from certain state regulations for two years, giving companies a better chance of getting established. Another would suspend civil pen- alties against businesses for a first violation of state regulations, if the company acts to remedy the issue within 30 days. While both bills face an uphill battle this legislative session — environmentalists and labor leaders have expressed opposition — they aim to open discussions on ways to make the state more busi- ness friendly, proponents say. "We went from the top five to the bottom five [in many business-friendly rankings] in a generation and a half, in terms of all those important criteria An embracing, 'carnival' atmosphere coming to Hartford's ballpark By Gregory Seay gseay@HartfordBusiness.com Y ard Goats fans who flock to downtown Hartford's Dunkin' Donuts Park opening day April 13 will eye the mound, in antici- pation of pitchers' arsenals of fastballs, curveballs and sinkers. But there are other hard- and softball pitches that, rather than thrown at batters, are aimed to hit season-ticketholders, sponsors and fans right between the eyes — and their wallets. As much as the ballpark will be a venue where a diverse populace shares its appreciation for America's pasttime, it will also be a place where companies pay sponsorship fees for the opportunity to promote State Sen. L. Scott Frantz (R-Greenwich) CT lawmakers eye small business regulatory relief Continued on page 8 Continued on page 16 P H O T O | C O N T R I B U T E D Hartford's downtown minor-league ballpark will be as much a marketing-promotions venue as a baseball stadium. It's also seen as a potential economic-development catalyst. PLAY B ALL!

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