The announcement that General Electric is leaving Connecticut has dominated the headlines and newscasts across our state as people try to gauge the impact and try to figure out how to keep other companies from leaving.
This Sunday on Face the State we will discuss the GE departure with the Fairfield First Selectman Michael Tetreau, the president of the Connecticut Business and Industry Association Joe Brennan, state representatives Brenda Kupchick (R-Fairfield,) Matt Lesser (D-Middletown,) and urban planner Francisco Gomes.
Tetreau, Brennan, Lesser and Kupchick will discuss the economic fallout and ripple effect from the move of hundreds of General Electric employees out of Fairfield, along with what the state needs to do to keep other companies from deciding the grass is greener outside Connecticut. Kupchick and Lesser also disagreed on why GE is leaving.
Gomes is an urban planner who sees GE’s departure as a wake up call and an opportunity for cities across Connecticut, and we talk about Hartford as a potential example. One of the factors in the company’s decision to choose Boston was the urban environment because millenials prefer that over working in a suburban office park.
Tune in this Sunday morning at 11 on WFSB. You’re probably wondering why David Bowie is in the Brady Bunch box above. His concert at the Hartford Civic Center in 1990 is our Face the State Flashback.