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Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff: Your Voice

October 7, 2016

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Hartford, CT 06106-1591


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More Jobs Coming to Connecticut

HenkelI am happy to report that this week the Henkel Corporation announced its decision to relocate its Laundry & Home Care and Beauty Care headquarters across the country from Arizona to Stamford, Connecticut. The company plans on expanding in a $50 million project that will create up to 266 new jobs in the state.

This is good news for Fairfield County and it is good news for Connecticut. Businesses large and small are choosing to invest in Connecticut. Connecticut is an innovative state that offers a quality of life that is second-to-none, and boasts a highly skilled and educated workforce. Our work continues, though it is clear that the investments made by the General Assembly are helping attract businesses and are growing jobs.

A number of recent studies have ranked Connecticut as a good place live, work and raise a family:

  • Bloomberg named Connecticut in 2016 as the 5th most innovative state in the nation. In the January 2016 Bloomberg Innovation Index, states were ranked across six equally weighted metrics: R&D intensity; productivity; high-tech density; concentration of science; technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) employment; science and engineering degree holders; and patent activity. Connecticut ranked 5th amongst all the states, behind only Massachusetts, California, Washington and New Jersey.
  • Connecticut is the 5th best state for women to work in. According to the Institute for Women's Policy Research in Washington, D.C., in their Status of Women in the States: 2015 Employment and Earnings report, Connecticut is the 5th best state in the nation for women with regard to their careers. The study measured earnings, equality and percentage of women in supervisory or managerial positions.
  • Connecticut is the 3rd best state in the nation for working moms. This WalletHub report from 2016, 2016's Best and Worst States for Working Moms, measured 1) professional opportunities, 2) quality of child care and 3) work-life balance.
  • Because of all of these economic strengths, WalletHub announced on June 6, 2016 its finding that Connecticut has the 14th best state economy in the nation. This recent WalletHub report, 2016's States with the Best & Worst Economies, measured all 50 states in three metrics, 1) "Economic Activity Rank", 2) "Economic Health Rank", and 3) "Innovation Potential Rank". Connecticut came in 8th overall in Innovation Potential, 15th in Economic Activity, and 33rd in Economic Health, for a ranking of 14th best overall.

Henkel offers beauty and personal care, laundry and home care, and a broad portfolio of adhesives, sealants, and surface treatments for consumer and industrial use. Earlier this year, the company announced the acquisition of the Wilton-based The Sun Products Corporation, a leading manufacturer and marketer of laundry care products. With the acquisition of Sun Products, Henkel is now the number two laundry and home care products company in North America.

Investing in Affordable Housing

Senator Duff at the Marvin
This week, I joined Commissioner Klein to announce that nearly $7 million has been awarded to revitalize several of Norwalk's affordable housing buildings at Ludlow Commons and the Marvin. These buildings provide housing opportunities for dozens seniors and families in Norwalk. This funding will be used to make needed repairs and upgrades.

Helping people get a roof over their head allows them to become more invested in our community, find jobs in the city, and contribute to our local economy. These grants will help ensure that the housing opportunities in Norwalk remain available, safe, and attractive for senior citizens. An investment in housing is an important investment in our city's economy and quality of life.

UConn Graduates Landing Jobs Quickly After Graduation

UConn graduate
The state legislature has long been investing in UConn and the Connecticut students who attend school there, and our investments are paying off!

New figures show that four out of every five UConn graduates in the Class of 2016 got jobs within a few months of graduation, or are choosing to stay in school and earn advanced college degrees.

UConn's Center for Career Development recently found that 58 percent of recent UConn undergraduates are employed, and another 18 percent are continuing their education, four months after graduating from UConn (remember, 71 percent of UConn's latest freshman class are Connecticut natives who come from 164 of Connecticut's 169 cities and towns!)

Of those recent graduates who are now working in Connecticut, 78 percent attended high school in Connecticut, and even 30 percent of UConn grads who didn't attend high school in Connecticut still found employment right here in the state!

Some of Connecticut's most prominent employers are hiring UConn graduates, including United Technologies, Travelers, Cigna, General Dynamics/Electric Boat, The Hartford, Aetna, Deloitte, and several others. Typical jobs for UConn grads include engineer, analyst, auditor, project manager, registered nurse, software engineer, teacher and actuarial associate.

Perhaps earning your degree faster than most other college students in American helps you to land a job more quickly after graduation.

The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center recently revealed that UConn students are graduating in an average of 4.2 years, almost a full year ahead of the average bachelor's degree candidate at more than 3,600 post-secondary institutions nationwide.

UConn's rate of 4.2 years ranks it sixth among 58 public national universities. That means UConn students spend less on tuition by avoiding extra semesters, and are able to start their careers and begin earning salaries, before many of their peers.

CTNext Launches Entrepreneur 'Learner's Permit Program,' Announces Innovation Awards

CTnextCTNext, Connecticut's go-to resource for entrepreneurial support, has launched the Entrepreneur Learner's Permit program, which reimburses first-time business entrepreneurs for the filing, licensing and permitting fees usually associated with starting a business.

First-time entrepreneurs in the information technology, bioscience, and green technology industries can qualify to receive up to $1,500 in reimbursements.

CTNext has also recently announced the winners of its most recent Entrepreneur Innovation Awards, where Connecticut-based companies and entrepreneurs presented their ideas at a Shark-Tank-style event to compete for an opportunity to secure awards of $10,000.

The latest winners include:

  • Eureeka (New Britain): Creating decision-making software for logistics professionals.
  • EZ ICE, Inc. (New Haven): Manufacturing a kit for a custom and portable backyard ice rink that can be assembled in under an hour, with no tools and on any surface.
  • Medframe LLC (Storrs): Creating a protective covering for stethoscopes to avoid infections.
  • Pelletric LLC (Norwalk): Manufacturing a wearable device that gives accurate vital sign measurement.

CTNext has awarded $510,000 to 49 companies and entrepreneurs through the EIA, which began in February 2014.

The goal of CTNext is to build a more robust community of entrepreneurs and to accelerate startup growth by providing access to talent, space, industry expertise, services, skill development and capital to foster innovation and create jobs in Connecticut. CTNext launched in 2012 and has more than 1,500 members in its network.


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