Paynter Betsy Newtown 180x225By Betsy Paynter

Brookfield, Connecticut is the perfect lace .to live, play, raise a family and run your business -

Brookfield, Connecticut is the perfect place to live, play, raise a family and run your business. A 20 square mile town, located in Fairfield County in southwestern Conn., Brookfield is a quintessential New England town. Strategically located between metropolitan areas of NYC, New Haven, Hartford and Boston, make Brookfield an appealing location for industry to move their products with ease. Vehicular access exists along Interstate 84, running east-west from Pennsylvania through Brookfield to Hartford onto Boston. US Rtes. 7, 25 and 202 intersect I-84 within Brookfield. It’s convenient proximity to interstate highways, air and rail transportation along with a highly skilled work force make Brookfield a great place to do business.

Connecticut McCooe Horiz 300x200By Matthew McCooe, Connecticut Innovations

Think back to where Connecticut was 20 years ago.

A National Hockey League franchise had just left the state, it was one of the only places in the country where incomes were actually falling and we were known more for David Letterman’s speeding tickets than anything resembling innovation.

On the national economic stage, Connecticut was a punchline.

Yet, since then, Connecticut has steadily flown under the radar, evolving from a state that most investors would bypass to a place that saw exits for two homegrown unicorns — startups valued at more than $1 billion — in the past few months.