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STATE SENATOR

Joan Hartley

An Independent Voice

Growing Connecticut's Bioscience Economy

Earlier this month I was joined by Connecticut's foremost health and bioscience experts to outline how Connecticut can establish itself as a worldwide leader in bioscience and precision medicine. A 2015 economic competitiveness diagnostic of Connecticut found that the state has great assets and economic drivers in research and development, bioscience, and health data. In response to those findings, I introduced and passed legislation establishing the Connecticut Health Data Collaborative (CHDC) working group and worked with it to create stronger partnerships and networks among the major stakeholders in Connecticut's bioscience, healthcare and education fields. The CHDC determined ways in which stakeholders could collaborate to achieve mutual goals in developing the bioscience industry. The CHDC delivered a status report detailing collaborative efforts that have resulted from its work and defined strategies for future collaboration and job development in the emerging bioscience research and development hubs.

Video of Senator Hartley.

View a video of Senator Joan Hartley discussing the Connecticut Health Data Collaborative (CHDC), a working group composed of Connecticut's bioscience industry leaders.

Connecticut currently has the assets needed to become a global leader in bioscience and precision medicine, however, we need to continue encouraging the kind of cooperation between stakeholders and the state that we've seen in the CHDC. Building a critical mass of bioscience and precision medicine organizations throughout Connecticut will have strong and positive reverberations across the state. Establishing Connecticut as a hub for bioscience research and development will continue to attract and increase a skilled international and national bioscience workforce.

Strengthening Manufacturing in Connecticut

Senator Hartley on a factory floor.

This week I was proud to be named co-chair of the General Assembly's bipartisan Manufacturing Caucus. Legislators on the Manufacturing Caucus work to identify, craft and lead passage of legislation that promotes a strong, growing manufacturing sector in Connecticut's economy. Manufacturing is a critical part of our economy, creating good-paying jobs for state residents and supplying parts and products to the broader business community. By working with like-minded legislators on both sides of the aisle, I plan to advocate for policies that will strengthen and expand manufacturing in our state.

As co-chair of the Manufacturing Caucus, I will be responsible for identifying and advocating for the passage of bills that support the growth of Connecticut's manufacturing sector.