HARTFORD — Saint Francis Hospital & Medical Center is seeking to increase its roster of vendors with a Supplier Diversity Vendor Fair taking place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. October 22 at the downtown Marriott, 200 Columbus Boulevard. Those attending will learn about available contracts and how to successfully do business with the health-care facility from those who make contract decisions. There also will be ample opportunity to network. Registration begins at 8 a.m.; breakfast and lunch will be served. To learn more phone 860-796-2842.

 HARTFORD — Ten months after Connecticut Light & Power president and CEO Jeffrey Butler resigned amid mounting criticism over the company’s response to severe storms in 2011, a new CL&P head has been named. William Herdegen III was selected to fill the post, the company announced last month. Herdegen’s commitment to accountability, as well as other characteristics, were stressed in a press release. In addition to structural and infrastructural damage, CL&P’s president/CEO became a casualty of the aftereffects of last year’s Tropical Storm Irene and October 29 snowstorm. The natural occurrences resulted in downed trees and massive power outages that left large portions of Connecticut residents in the dark, and unable to communicate from home, for several days. Many flocked to local libraries and other community gathering places where power was available. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and state legislators were among those who severely criticized Butler and CL&P for their apparent inability to adequately handle the emergency situation. Herdegen, who has worked in the utility industry for more than three decades, has held a variety of executive positions. He is a former vice president of Kansas City Light & Power. In the CL&P release, Tom May, president and CEO of parent company Northeast Utilities, lauded Herdegen for “a focus on operational excellence, customer service, emergency response and employee safety.”

 Construction employment declined in 164 out of 337 metropolitan areas between August 2011 and August 2012, increased in 130 and was stagnant in 43, according to a new analysis of federal employment data released today by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said that construction employment in many areas was suffering as government and business officials delay projects in the face of federal tax and funding uncertainty.

“The looming fiscal cliff is already contributing to construction employment declines in many parts of the country,” said Stephen E. Sandherr, the association’s chief executive officer. “We are just not seeing the kind of private sector momentum that the industry experienced earlier this year.”


Among all markets nationwide ranked by AGCA, the one it identifies as “Springfield, Mass./Connecticut” suffered the highest percentage decline in the nation — down 31 percent, reflecting a loss of 3,700 construction jobs year over year. Statewide for Connecticut alone, the construction industry shed five percent of all construction jobs over the same period. The New Haven Labor Market Area lost 7.0 percent of construction jobs.


The largest raw job losses during the same period were posted in Atlanta/Sandy Springs/Marietta, Ga., which lost 7,200 jobs over the past year doe to the slowdown.

There are Goddard Schools in most of the United States, including Connecticut. Tony Padulo, vice president of franchise development, would like to see even more established here. It makes sense from a business perspective, he says.


Padulo asserts that opening more Goddard facilities in the state would be an effective way to foster job creation and economic independence, while providing youngsters with what he considers top child care and educational services.

“Our concept is based on the philosophy that the franchisee is the operator of the school,” says Padulo. “Every school is managed by the franchisee.”


Currently there are 388 Goddard schools in 36 states, according to Padulo. “We provide services to children six weeks to six years old,” he explains. “It’s a premium child-care concept, based on the principle of learning through play. Our services are curriculum-based.” There about a dozen different curricula from which to select, Padulo says. Languages are among the concentrations, he adds.


Headquartered in King of Prussia, Pa., the company is seeking to expand its footprint. In Connecticut it has three schools: in Glastonbury, Orange and Brookfield. A fourth school soon will begin construction in Farmington, and the site-selection process is getting underway in Hartford and Stamford, Padulo adds.


“The biggest challenge in the Northeast has been finding suitable locations,” he says.


The school doesn’t necessarily have to be near a major thoroughfare, says Padulo. But there must be adequate physical space — about 1.5 acres of land that can accommodate an 8,000-square-foot building and two dozen parking spaces, he says. Each school accommodates between 130 and 140 children.


“The key is having the space and having outdoors,” says Padulo, adding the Goddard Schools are usually established in communities where the median family income is about $75,000.


Among the community benefits of Goddard franchises is job-creation, Padulo stresses.


“You have the business owner, and typically that owner does not have a child-care background. [He or she] typically has a business background,” says Padulo. “The owner runs the business, and the owner hires a diplomaed director. The director hires certified teachers.”


A typical school employs 20 to 25 people, with on average two employees per classroom, Padulo says.

For someone who has “financial stability” and wishes to enter into an educationally based entrepreneurship, a Goddard School might be something to look into, says Padulo.


“Connecticut is important to us because the demographics are very solid,” he says. “There are a lot of areas [in Connecticut] that have the criteria we’re looking for.”


NEW HAVEN — Four more members have been named to a search committee formed to identify a successor to Yale President Richard C. Levin. The newest members are Yale faculty members Judith Chevalier, Amy Hungerford, Richard Lifton and Anna Pyle. They join eight trustees previously named to the committee. The 12-person body is chaired by Charles Goodyear. Levin announced in last month that he will step down from his post at the end of the current academic year, after what will have been 20 years serving as president of Yale.


ROCKY HILL — Military veterans will be able to obtain assistance with employment and other needs at the annual Stand Down event on September 21. Presented by the state’s Department of Veterans Affairs, the event will take place at 287 West Street from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. In addition to employment help, there will be assistance with and information about medical screenings, educational choices, veterans benefits and legal and motor vehicle concerns. Veterans should arrive no later than noon to take advantage of the on-site services. Free bus transportation will be available. For more information or to obtain a registration form, call 860-616-3802.


As a new school year begins, adults who wish to enhance their technical abilities or learn-brand new job skills are reminded that the Connecticut Technical High School System offers full-time adult programs. Fields include health services (dental assistant, certified nurse assistant, surgical technology), aviation maintenance, electronics technology, welding and metal fabrication, culinary arts and more. Part-time evening extension and apprentice courses also are offered. To learn more phone 800-822-6832.