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Gary Winfield

A Passion For Progress

More Good Economic and Education News for Connecticut

I want to share a number of articles from the past week that highlight the positive direction in which Connecticut is headed. We still have more work to do but there are encouraging signs surrounding our economy and educational system.

Analysis: CT Business Starts Improved in 2016

Connecticut experienced a nearly one percent increase in new private businesses, which rose for the fifth year in a row, according to an analysis by the Connecticut Department of Labor.

Connecticut Economy Sees Big Changes During Recovery

The state saw growth in 2016 beyond the health care and social assistance fields, with the accommodations and construction sectors respectively adding 2,080 and 1,190 jobs. At the same time, layoffs and retirements have shrunk government employee rolls.

Nine Connecticut Schools Make Forbes List of America’s Top Colleges

Nine colleges in Connecticut made Forbes Magazine’s list of the top colleges in the country.


Businesses Are Opening in Connecticut

New business formation is up for the 5th year in a row with a new total of 117,337 business starts, an increase of 0.9 percent over 2015.

Study Ranks CT as a Top School System in America

A recent study looked at the best school systems in America and Connecticut received high marks in the report.

State Students’ SAT Scores Up in English and Math

The latest SAT results show modest improvement across the state. The percentage of 11th-graders who took the Connecticut School Day SAT exam are meeting or exceeding the achievement standard in English language arts and mathematics.

Pratt & Whitney Ambassador Teaches Kids About Rewarding Manufacturing Careers

One of our largest manufacturers is helping train kids for careers in manufacturing.

Manufacturers Can Soon Tout ‘Connecticut-Made’ Products

A new law taking effect in October will require the state to develop a “Connecticut-Made” logo businesses can use to promote products made or produced in the state.

U.S. Factory Orders Rose in June as Demand for Aircraft Soared

Orders at U.S. factories increased in June as demand surged for aircraft. The Commerce Department reports that factory orders increased 3 percent in June, a solid rebound after declining in May and April.