Garrett1 1NEW HAVEN: Garrett F. Sheehan has been named President of the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce and Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce. Sheehan succeeds Anthony Rescigno, who led the organization for more than 17 years. Sheehan will begin work in his new position on March 1, 2018.

Sheehan said, “The Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce is a pillar of our community and has an excellent track record of providing services for our membership and leadership on key issues affecting the New Haven region. I am excited to begin working with the staff, board, members, and volunteers of this amazing organization to help write the next chapter for the Chamber,” said Sheehan.

KROOPBy Dale Kroop 

Dale Kroop has been the Director of Economic and Community Development in Hamden for more than 18 years. He can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Technology has forever changed the local, state and national economy. It affects retail trade, services that we buy and products that we have come to know.

 The landscape of retail continues to change. The list keeps getting longer for stores that are closing in the northeast and across the country. According to and many other publications, it is anticipated that over 25% of all shopping malls in the United States will likely CLOSE by the year 2022. This change in the retail marketplace began slowly and then accelerated quickly with the growth of the on-line marketplace. The last few years have been dominated by Amazon, who has changed the retail marketplace because of innovations such as Amazon Prime.

NORWEGIANWINDSOR LOCKS: Norwegian Air which initiated transatlantic service between Bradley International Airport and Edinburgh, Scotland, nine months ago has said tax issues have crashed the offering.

The airline citing delays in a Scottish tax break the airline expected is accounting for the change.

Norwegian Air will completely pull out of Bradley, with it’s the last flight for the “low cost’ airline on March 25.


By Rebecca Nolan
Alliance and CEDAS

Recently, I was asked, “How much longer do you plan to stay in Connecticut? If you’re the last one out, make sure to turn off the lights.” That’s a tough question to swallow as someone who works in economic development. I am here to tell you not only is that the wrong question to ask, but that not only will the lights remain on, but they will shine brightly for generations.

Over the last 16 years the Hartford region has had a lot to celebrate. I say enough of the gloom and doom and let’s celebrate our many victories as a region and state. It’s not my imagination. I’ve witnessed significant change in greater Hartford. Naysayers would have you believe greater Hartford is headed in the wrong direction, but I believe we are thriving and building positive and exciting opportunities and energy.

Telemundo logo 2012.svgNEW YORK: NBC Universal’s Telemundo Station Group has agreed to purchase 13 television stations from ZGS Communications, Inc., which owns and operates the Telemundo affiliates.

ZGS Communications, of Arlington, VA is a Hispanic owned company and was first founded in 1983 and headquartered in Arlington, VA. ZGS which owns stations in the Hartford new haven and Springfield mass markets locally also has stations in Washington, D.C., Richmond, Providence, Fort Myers, Tampa, Orlando, Melbourne, Kissimmee, Florida Raleigh, NC, El Paso and Las Cruces, TX.