alexionnBy Mitchell Young

Former Democratic Governor Ella Grasso famously made a home cooked meal for Miles Laboratories, [Bayer Pharmaceuticals] executives to woo them to West Haven.

Times and the people of Connecticut have changed.

Bayer would eventually leave, and a $60 million incentive package proposal by the RelAdministration was not enough to change their consolidation plans after a merger.

Nick PernaConverstation with Nick Perna and Keith Phaneuf of CTmirror.

Nicholas S. Perna has been one of the most influential economists in Connecticut for more than three decades.

Retiring in January after 15 years as economic advisor to Webster Bank, Perna has been a consultant to numerous other leading financial institutions, including Fleet Financial Group and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.