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>Why can’t we attract more manufacturing business to Northwest Connecticut?
Just how important is tourism to the area’s economy?
Why do some of our brightest young people move away to pursue careers and even be entrepreneurs in other parts of the state or country?
These are some of the questions Northwest Connecticut Chamber of Commerce President JoAnn Ryan wants to answer as the Chamber and other leaders of business, government and education in our part of the state chart their priorities over the next few years, communicate with our legislators in Hartford and formulate a message to the outside business world about why Northwest Connecticut is the place to be.
We need local business owners and managers to keep an eye out this summer for word about an important survey being undertaken by the Chamber, in cooperation with the Connecticut Business and Industry Association.
It will take about 20 minutes to respond, but it can be done online. By responding, you will be helping yourself!
This information will be used to help the Chamber identify the areas in which it needs to concentrate, it will be used to show legislators what the state can do (or avoid doing) to help spur business growth, and it will be used to market Northwest Connecticut for potential business investment.


Written by mattderienzo

May 21, 2008 at 4:00 am

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  1. >You have to consider that it may not have anything to do with business at all. Look at the quality of life and the consistently high taxes. States like Washington pay half the amount in property taxes for the same property in Connecticut. As a business owner what’s in it for me to come to Connecticut? High taxes? No thanks.What about what the area has to offer for the price we pay? Let’s see: you have constant fighting within the local governments, I’d say more so then the average; towns offer nothing for young families except high taxes; You build half-asked skate parks, no organized sports except for the real young ones; No green trails for those that live right in the downtown areas (I understand you are working on one but how many years has that been going on?)Look at the downtowns of Torrington and Winsted, they are a complete pit. Old buildings that everyone wants to save but no one wants to put the money into them to look halfway decent. It’s time to pick and choose some of the buildings worth saving and get rid of the rest.The towns’ boards and commissions (especially wetlands and development) are useless. Look at the hoops developers have to jump through to get things approved. It’s a wonder that any developer even tries.And what about these fly-by-night businesses that people open along the Main streets in the area? I’d say most of them have no clue as to how to run a business. No business plans and no thought what-so-ever. It’s like they think people will just come in and buy crap. It would be interesting to read about the number of business that have opened and closed over the past 6-7 years.If the chamber of commerce wants to know about ways to attract business bring in bulldozers and rid of 75% of the garbage in the town. Take most of the politicians and loud-mouthed locals out with the trash as well.


    June 17, 2008 at 3:18 am

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