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December 1, 2017

OP-ED | For Sale: Old Building Full of Ghosts

by Susan Bigelow | December 1, 2017 10:00am

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This week the state Bond Commission voted to borrow $40 million for upgrades to the XL Center, in the hopes of tricking some poor sap into buying it. Good luck with that.

The newly passed state budget authorized the cost of the upgrades and the purchase of the nearby atrium and retail space, all in an effort to make the building attractive enough to investors to sell it by 2019. I haven’t found any evidence of private investors going around buying up aging arenas, but maybe the people who came up with the budget know something I don’t. Who can say?

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November 27, 2017

Wall Street Watches As Budget Gaps Continue To Pop Up

by Christine Stuart | November 27, 2017 5:30am

Courtesy of Moody's HARTFORD, CT — At least one Wall Street rating agency is worried about Connecticut’s newly projected revenue shortfall.

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November 21, 2017

Business Owners Report Mixed Outlook

by Christine Stuart | November 21, 2017 11:10am

ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT — Connecticut businesses are reporting a mixed outlook for their firms, according to a survey released Monday by the Connecticut Business & Industry Association.

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November 20, 2017

State Bond Commission Poised To Approve Money To Remediate Blight

by Christine Stuart | November 20, 2017 1:40pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — Standing outside the site of a former manufacturing company on Homestead Avenue, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Monday that the state planned to dole out another $13.6 million to clean up blighted and contaminated properties known as brownfields.

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November 10, 2017

West Hartford Attorney Named First Independent Consumer Advocate for the MDC

by Doug Hardy | November 10, 2017 2:09am

doug hardy / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — David Silverstone, a 71-year-old West Hartford attorney, came out of semi-retirement to represent customers of the Metropolitan District Commission, the Hartford region’s water and sewer authority.

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October 19, 2017

OP-ED | City Impossible: The Weird, Wonderful World of the Amazon HQ2 Proposal

by Susan Bigelow | October 19, 2017 4:52pm

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Imagine a striking city of skyscrapers, greenery, pedestrian-filled bridges over a glistening river, buried highways, and a riverside ferris wheel, all contained within a “cohesive ecosystem” of nearby towns. This is the remarkable, radical revisioning of Hartford dreamed up by the creators of Connecticut’s longshot bid for Amazon’s second headquarters.

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CTISPRIME.COM

by Christine Stuart | October 19, 2017 3:21pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — Connecticut submitted two bids to Amazon Thursday in hopes of landing the company’s coveted second headquarter location, which comes with the promise of 50,000 jobs.

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October 6, 2017

OP-ED | If We Don’t Grow, There Will Be More Scotlands

by Terry Cowgill | October 6, 2017 4:30am

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A lot of ink has been spilled — digital and otherwise — on the dismal state of Hartford’s finances and the very real possibility of bankruptcy. Not so much about one of the state’s smallest towns, which is “teetering on the edge of insolvency,” and, relative to its size, is facing challenges almost as daunting as the capital city’s.

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October 5, 2017

‘Thousands of Jobs’ Are On The Line Without A State Budget

by Christine Stuart | October 5, 2017 3:42pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — Following budget talks with legislative leaders Thursday, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy warned that the budget stalemate will cost Connecticut jobs if it’s not resolved soon.

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September 22, 2017

17 Connecticut Communities Will Ask To Compete For Amazon’s H2Q

by Christine Stuart | September 22, 2017 11:12am

ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT — There are 17 Connecticut communities vying to be chosen as the site the Department of Economic and Community Development will submit to Amazon in its search for its second corporate headquarters.

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