Hartford Business Journal

July 24, 2017

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For more B2B news visit JULY 24, 2017 Volume 25, Number 30 $3.00 Subscribe online SAVE THE DATE! WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 13, 2017 CT CONVENTION CENTER | HARTFORD Join us in recognizing outstanding young professionals in the Greater Hartford area. 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 ■ Week in Review: PG. 6 ■ The Lists: PGs. 10, 11 ■ Deal Watch: PG. 12 ■ Movers & Shakers: PG. 18 ■ Nonprofit Notebook: PG. 18 ■ Opinion & Commentary: PG. 20 EXECUTIVE PROFILE Housing Empire Arthur Greenblatt has helped steer Simsbury- based Vesta Corp. into one of the top 100 largest affordable multifamily property management companies in the United States. Now he's plotting a new aggressive growth strategy. PG. 5 FOCUS: GREEN BUSINESS Diving In In a surprising move, electric utility Eversource Energy recently announced its first-ever acquisition of a water company, buying Bridgeport-based Aquarion for $1.68 billion. Find out what analysts think drove the deal. PG. 8 Visa delay adds uncertainty for CT immigrant-entrepreneurs By Matt Pilon mpilon@HartfordBusiness.com G etting a work visa in the United States can be diffi- cult, and the federal govern- ment this month put up another roadblock for hopeful immigrants. The so-called International Entrepreneurs program, created under an executive order from for- mer President Barack Obama, is now postponed until next March. An estimated 3,000 immi- grant-entrepreneurs — includ- ing some in Connecticut — were preparing to apply for the new visa program before it was abruptly delayed this month, a week before the application win- dow was supposed to open. For some, it might have been their first U.S. work visa fol- lowing college graduation. For others, it was seen as one of a limited number of options for staying in the country once their H-1B visas, which can last up to six years, expired. The worker-immigration debate UConn's Front Street arrival sets off a retail feeding frenzy By Gregory Seay gseay@HartfordBusiness.com N ixs, the restaurant-bar in downtown Hartford's Front Street retail-entertain- ment district, plans an exterior facelift around the time UConn's adjacent new campus opens there in late August. The eatery will create an outdoor cafe and internet lounge outside its 40 Front St. location, where an anticipated 2,000 or so UConn faculty, staff, pupils and other Continued on page 14 GAME CHANGER Continued on page 16 Nixs restaurant and other vendors in downtown Hartford's Front Street retail- entertainment district are bracing for more foot and vehicular traffic once UConn's downtown campus bows in late August. At left, chef Philip Parise and bartender/ wait-server Ashley Alessandra Fichera. P H O T O | S T E V E L A S C H E V E R Lawyer Dana Bucin says some of her clients were dismayed by a delayed visa program. P H O T O | S T E V E L A S C H E V E R

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