Hartford Business Journal

August 28, 2017

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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 AUGUST 28, 2017 Volume 25, Number 34 $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. Index ■ Week in Review: PG. 6 ■ The Lists: PGs. 9, 10 ■ Deal Watch: PG. 11 ■ Nonprofit Notebook: PG. 16 ■ Town Profile: PG. 18 ■ Movers & Shakers: PG. 18 ■ Opinion & Commentary: PG. 20 FOCUS: BANKING & FINANCE Bankers' School The Connecticut School of Finance & Management isn't a household name in higher-education circles, but it has been training junior and mid- level bank managers for C-suite positions for more than a half-century. PG. 8 Gender Blind Jonna Gerken, a Pratt & Whitney engineer recently elected to head the national Society of Women Engineers, has pledged during her year-long tenure to advance its efforts to promote science, technology, engineering and math to more school- and college-age females. PG. 3 C onnecticut's opioid crisis seems to make headlines daily these days. Whether it's calls for more government intervention or another tragic story of a life cut short from a deadly over- dose, the public's attention to the dangers of addiction to pain- killers and similar drugs is at an all-time high. Increasingly, too, employers are being impacted by the opioid crisis, which is why Hartford Business Journal is kicking off a month-long series — "Opioids in the Workplace" — that will detail how the drug epidemic is impacting companies and their workers. This week we'll introduce the series and look at how the addiction recovery industry is responding to the crisis. In future editions we'll explore issues surrounding drug-testing policies, employee assistance programs and insurance, and share some personal tales of recovery. PG. 12 Opioids in the Workplace I L L U S T R A T I O N | B Y L I G H T S P R I N G , S H U T T E R S T O C K . C O M Central CT's logistics appeal tightens its industrial-warehouse space By Gregory Seay gseay@HartfordBusiness.com N ews that downtown Hartford's office market vacancy rate is at a 10-year low was a pleasant surprise to many. Quietly overlooked, though, commercial brokers and landlords say, is that Greater Hartford's inventory of available industrial- warehouse space, too, is the tightest in nearly a decade. Mid-size and larger industrial build- ings are most in demand. Evidence of that, brokers say, is the 750,000-square-foot distribution facility under construction in Windsor for grocer Trader Joe's. In Middletown, FedEx is erect- ing a 550,000-square-foot package-handling facility. E-tailing giant Amazon, on top of several new merchandise-sorting facilities in Connecticut, is expanding its 1.5-million- square-foot Windsor fulfillment center that opened just 2 ½ years ago. In all, at least 3 million square feet of indus- trial space is being built in the region that is rapidly gaining a reputation among national companies that package, sort, transport Continued on page 15 Concrete panels rise for a Windsor industrial building. P H O T O | C O N T R I B U T E D

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