CT20x17 is a nonpartisan coalition of residents, associations, and businesses working together to strengthen Connecticut’s economy. Our goal is to see the Constitution State ranked among the top 20 in the nation for economic competitiveness by 2017. A robust state economy is crucial to attracting businesses, which will bring more opportunities, job growth, increased revenue, and improved public services. A strong, growing economy not only protects our quality of life; it guarantees a brighter future for our children and grandchildren.
We’re working hard to get things moving in the right direction, but we need your support. Listed below are five of the main issues our legislature needs to address in order to strengthen Connecticut’s economy.
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Connecticut’s real gross domestic product (GDP) increased by a mere 0.6% in 2014 according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis and our economic recovery from the recession continues to trail the rest of New England. Among the 50 states and Washington D.C., Connecticut ranked 42nd in economic growth.
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Connecticut is a great place to live and work. Below we’ve listed a few of the reasons why more than 3.5 million people are proud to call this state home. By building on these positives, we can ensure a better future for both ourselves and the coming generations.
Lighthouse Point Park, New Haven
Low crime and poverty rates, high health ranking, and hundreds of local attractions are just some of the reasons why people love living in Connecticut (and the Fall foliage is certainly a perk).
B:Hive Co-Working Space, Bridgeport
Over 36% of Connecticut adults have earned a bachelor’s degree – the fourth-highest concentration of college grads in the nation. This academically ambitious state also boasts the third-highest concentration of adults with graduate or professional degrees.
Groton, home of General Dynamics Electric Boat
Connecticut is home to world-class companies that are the envy of other states and countries, with a rich legacy of entrepreneurship and innovation–a legacy that continues today–across aerospace, medical technology, financial services, insurance, bioscience, healthcare, renewable energy, entertainment, and more.
Yale University Sterling Law Building, New Haven
From UConn to Wesleyan to Fairfield to Yale, some of the best universities in the world are located right here in Connecticut. Additionally, a recent survey of high school performance named Connecticut third overall in the nation.
Metro-North New Haven Line, Stamford
Situated between two of the nation’s most powerful economies, Connecticut has the unique ability to draw from a variety of resources while easily serving both New York City and Boston.
The biotech and biopharma industries represent new and emerging technologies in Connecticut and are key drivers for future economic growth. Those companies are developing lifesaving medicines and new critical medical devices.
When Connecticut’s economy thrives, every resident has an increased chance at success. If this is what you want for your friends, your family, and yourself, click the button below to learn what you can do to help ensure that Connecticut has a bright future.