Forum10.12.2022

Pullman & Comley Attorneys to Speak at The Future of Economic Development in Connecticut Forum

7:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Farmington Gardens, 999 Farmington Ave Farmington , Connecticut

Connecticut has always been the birthplace of innovation. With a highly educated workforce and superior quality of life, Connecticut offers unique opportunities. As the role of economic development becomes an increasingly shared responsibility between the public and private sectors, the 2022 Hartford Business Journal and New Haven Biz Future of Economic Development in Connecticut Forum will bring together business, municipal and state leaders to address the changing approach to economic development to create a more vibrant and competitive Connecticut. Pullman & Comley is sponsoring the event, where our attorneys will be contributing to the timely and informative topics and discussions.

Attorney Lee D. Hoffman, co-chair of Pullman & Comley’s Real Estate, Energy, Environmental and Land Use practice, will provide welcoming remarks at the forum. His co-chair Gary B. O'Connor will speak as a panelist in the "Public Private Partnerships and their Role in Economic Development" session, and will be joined by Larry Dooley of Colt Gateway, Michael Freimuth of Capital Region Development Authority, Mike Gorman of Goman & York, Neil O'Leary of the City of Waterbury and Adam Winstanley of Winstanley Enterprises. They will be moderated by David Lehman, Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, and will discuss some of the inventive ways municipalities have teamed public sector initiatives with private sector innovation and investment to drive development and growth. 

In the second session, Pullman's John F. Stafstrom, co-chair of the firm's Public Finance practice, will moderate the "Rethinking Economic Development: A Roundtable Discussion." He will be joined by panelists Robert Christoph of RCI Group, Melissa Ferrucci of Cohn Reznick, Jayne Kelly of Ion Bank, Rick Dunne of Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments, Clayton Fowler of Spinnaker Real Estate Partners, David Kooris of Stamford Downtown and Felix Reyes of the City of New London. They will cover what the future of economic development in Connecticut looks like while sharing insights on important lessons on what it takes to make a project successful, thoughts on working with state and local stakeholders to promote sustainable growth, the importance of incorporating ESG into economic development strategy and more.

For additional information and to register, please visit the Hartford Business Journal website.

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