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Lamont Medium Post: ‘Having a United Front and Creating Jobs’

Ned Lamont, Democratic nominee for governor, published an op-ed on Medium today announcing his plan to create a Business Advisory Council through Connecticut’s Department of Economic and Community Development to help bring members of the corporate community together and recruit new companies to the state. 

“Over the past few months, I’ve held roundtables with more than 60 CEOs from some of the state’s biggest and most well-known companies  employing a combined one million workers. I’ve looked those leaders in the eyes, I’ve listened to their concerns, and I know that we can be the most competitive state in the northeast if we get the right leadership at the top,” Lamont wrote. “We have fiscal challenges, but all of us want to be part of the solution. Should we win this election, I will work with this initial group and others to deliver a brighter economic future for our state.” 

Read Lamont’s full piece here or below.

Our Business Advisory Council

By Ned Lamont

I’m running for governor because I believe in Connecticut. I believe in our future. I believe we will get our economy going again, and create good-paying Connecticut jobs for Connecticut workers.

To do that, we all need to work together.

That’s just what we did when we landed a commitment from Infosys, which is creating 1,000 Americans jobs right here in Connecticut, to move to our state. In part, their decision to come to Connecticut was because the corporate community was active and welcoming. We worked in unison, and we succeeded.

And just last month, Infosys announced even more big news: the company will launch a trailblazing new effort with Trinity College in Hartford to grow Connecticut’s talent pool. As part of this program, Infosys will hire Trinity graduates while developing new internships and continued learning experiences. It’s a perfect example of the kind of partnership between Connecticut’s business, state, and higher education institutions that will jumpstart our economy.

And bringing the company here was a demonstration of what was possible when government, corporate and nonprofit leaders work together. Silos between government and business need to be broken down.

In my Jobs Plan that I released last month, I announced a big new idea: a Business Advisory Council for the state’s Department of Economic and Community Development. The concept is simple: bring members of our corporate community together to help recruit new companies to our state. It’s about having a united front and it’s about creating jobs.

The idea is taking off.

Over the past few months, I’ve held roundtables with more than 60 CEOs from some of the state’s biggest and most well-known companies employing a combined one million workers. I’ve looked those leaders in the eyes, I’ve listened to their concerns, and I know that we can be the most competitive state in the northeast if we get the right leadership at the top.

That’s why I’m so thrilled to announce the first members of our Business Advisory Council. Some extraordinary business leaders have agreed, in their personal capacities, to participate in the council, so we can work together to grow jobs. This is just an initial list of commitments, and this list will grow should we be successful next Tuesday.

We have fiscal challenges, but all of us want to be part of the solution. Should we win this election, I will work with this initial group and others to deliver a brighter economic future for our state.

Initial Members of Business Advisory Council

  • Frank Borges – Chairman, Landmark Partners (Simsbury, Connecticut-based firm with more than $22 billion of investments in private equity, real estate, and infrastructure)

  • Cindi Bigelow – CEO, Bigelow Tea – (Third-generation beverage company with more than 150 teas — all blended in Fairfield, Connecticut)

  • Roxanne Coady – Founder, R.J. Julia Booksellers (Madison-based independent bookseller and founder of Read to Grow, non-profit providing free books to kids)

  • Daniel Ciporin – General Partner, Caanan Partners (formerly the CEO of eBay/Shopping.com, and an Executive Vice President at Mastercard) 

  • Rick Hunt – Fellow, Yale Tsai Center for Innovation (Entrepreneur and formerly an Executive at Time Warner, Sony, Universal Music and Kraft Foods)

  • Tony James– Vice Chairman, Blackstone Group (the world’s largest private equity/alternative asset company, with $450 billion assets under management)

  • Elliot Joseph – CEO, Hartford HealthCare

  • Adam Norwitt – CEO, Amphenol (Wallingford, CT-based manufacturer with $8 billion in revenue and 75,000 workers) 

  • Indra Nooyi – Chairwoman, PepsiCo (one of the world’s most powerful women leaders according to Fortune and Forbes who led the largest food and beverage company in U.S.)

  • David Salinas – Founder, CEO of The District Innovation & Venture Center (New Haven-based technology hub), and Co-founder, CEO of Digital Surgeons (New Haven-based digital design company)

  • David Scheer – Chairman, Achillion (New Haven-based biotech company focused on enhancing immune systems of those with rare diseases)

  • Alan Schnitzer – CEO, Travelers Insurance (Hartford-based, 165-year-old company, and the second largest writer of U.S. commercial property casualty insurance, as well as the third largest writer of U.S. personal insurance in the U.S.)