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U.S. Congressman Joe Courtney provided a legislative update at the Chamber's June Business Breakfast.

The regular session of the General Assembly ended last week and here is a rundown of some of the legislation likely to affect businesses and organizations in the region. We take a top-level look at paid family and medical leave, minimum wage increase, changes to service taxes, and a coming plastic bag tax and ban.

June is LGBTQ+ Pride month. Rainbows and the hashtags #Pride and #Pridemonth are trending across big brands and small local businesses.

Through this Chamber program established in 1987, rising leaders meet the people behind programs, businesses, and organizations who drive economic development, confront local issues, and enhance the quality of life in the region.

This past week, a large-scale event highlighted the power of partnerships. Southeastern Connecticut Enterprise Region, Connecticut Procurement and Technical Assistance, and the State of Connecticut Department of Community and Economic Development partnered with General Dynamics Electric Boat for this first-ever “matchmaking” event, bringing potential suppliers in contact with procurement personnel from seven New England Divisions of General Dynamics. “Leading the Way,” held at the Mystic Marriott, was also

Showcasing everything we have to offer in Eastern Connecticut is key to keeping industries growing. ‘Welcome to Eastern Connecticut,’ a video that encapsulates our quality of life, economic drivers, and regional attractions, was sponsored by the Chamber as a recruiting tool for our local employers.

Over the past weeks, the Chamber’s giant scissors have been getting a workout. With six ribbon cutting celebrations in the last two weeks of May, we are seeing the economic health of Eastern Connecticut reflected in the growth of local businesses. May’s regional news –a $93 million investment in State Pier, the Orsted-Eversourse offshore wind proposal and news of a Senate bill that would mean tens of billions for the state’s defense industry—bolsters the optimism we are seeing.

The Chamber welcomed David Lehman, Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development for a discussion with board members about his vision for the state and the region.

At the Chamber's May Business Breakfast, panelists discussed "The Region's Leadership Evolution," covering issues around planning succession, retaining institutional knowledge, and supporting new talent to take the reins.