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REDFO 20x17 Presentation

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REDFO presentation on 20x17 on 12/19/14

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REDFO 20x17 Presentation

  1. 1. What is CT20x17? Businesses, community organizations, government & individuals coming together to boost Connecticut’s competitiveness by improving work and life.
  2. 2. CT20x17 Leadership & Partners  Steering Committee  10 Working Groups  Business Organizations  Community Organizations  Businesses Across the State  Connecticut Residents
  3. 3. Why CT20x17? • State at an economic crossroads • Lagging in regional, national economic recoveries • Some progress in talent development, infrastructure, technology, regulatory reform • National reports consistently rank our business climate at the bottom • Our businesses and residents are leaving No longer acceptable!!
  4. 4. We Need to Pay Attention. We Can No Longer Ignore the Numbers.
  5. 5. Residents Top Issues
  6. 6. CT 20x17 Working Groups  State Spending & Taxes Budget & taxes, financial discipline, long-term debt & liabilities, debt per capita, credit ratings, govt. streamlining, reform, efficiency  Business Costs Labor (wages & benefits), healthcare, energy, real estate, workplace mandates  Transportation & Infrastructure Capacity, usage, condition; options available; energy supply reliability & diversity; internet connectivity  Economy Levels of employment/unemployment, income, state GDP, exports, housing, growth prospects
  7. 7. CT 20x17 Working Groups (continued)  Regulatory Environment Business friendliness, balance of environmental, business interests; regulatory, legal & liability climates; workplace mandates  Workforce Public education, higher education, achievement gap, job training & retraining programs; talent availability  Technology & Innovation Entrepreneurship, business incubation, financial support, research & development, patents
  8. 8. CT20x17 Key Priorities  Talent • Fully implement state education reforms • Better leverage investments in public higher education • Stronger links between college curriculum and workforce needs to address skills gap  Fiscal Issues • Focus on lean government operations • Reduce long-term debt • Create more competitive tax structure • Establish ROI measurements for projects  Transportation • Identify & accelerate priority infrastructure investments • Protect Special Transportation Fund • Invest in CT Railway infrastructure (lines, hubs & parking)
  9. 9.  Business Costs • Lower energy costs, improve capacity & efficiency, seek diverse portfolio of fuel sources • Reject unnecessary mandates; measure business impact • Eliminate sales tax on business services  Red Tape • Expand efficiency practices to all government agencies • Follow through on comprehensive regulatory reforms and provide online updates on the state website • Develop and promote a business-friendly attitude CT20x17 Key Priorities
  10. 10. CT20x17 Outreach & Engagement  February-July, 2014 • Print, radio, outdoor, digital advertising • Business, community, media outreach • Social media  August-November, 2014 (election focus) • Outdoor, radio, print, digital • Business, community, media outreach • Social media • Direct mail • Grassroots • Legislative forums • Debate sponsorships
  11. 11. Interstate Billboards – Rt. 91 & 84
  12. 12. Metro North Platform Advertising
  13. 13. Business Banners & Signage
  14. 14. Social Media
  15. 15. Subscribe to the CT20x17 Newsletter
  16. 16. CT20x17 Outcomes  70 organizations have signed onto the campaign  Lots of interest across the state, including state agencies, DECD and Governor’s office  More than 100 meetings with candidates and newly elected legislators at company locations  Businesses are energized and want to do something to help
  17. 17. CT20x17 Next Steps  Finalize recommendations & strengths  CT20x17 launch with legislators in mid-January  Next phase of public awareness campaign  Statewide job fair in June 2015  Issue progress reports throughout session on recommendations  Conduct speaking engagements across state  Talk It Up!!! Tweet…Post…Like…Share…

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