Category Archives: CBIA

Joe Brennan To Succeed John Rathgeber at 10,000-Member CBIA in 2015

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Joe Brennan, the chief lobbyist at the state Capitol for the Connecticut Business and Industry Association, will take over next year as the organization’s president and chief executive officer.

Brennan will succeed John Rathgeber, the 10,000-member group’s president and CEO since 2006. Rathgeber, who is well known at the Capitol, will be retiring on January 1, 2015.

Brennan, a CBIA veteran who started in 1988, currently serves as senior vice president for public policy – overseeing numerous aspects for the organization, including research, public affairs, and Capitol lobbying.

For the past 37 years, Rathgeber has worked at CBIA in a variety of positions, including staff attorney, general counsel, executive vice president, and chief operating officer. He became CEO in January 2006, succeeding Ken Decko. Continue reading

CBIA Concerned About 2014 Session

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Democrats, Republicans, and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy all held press conferences this week after to provide their perspective on the accomplishments and shortcomings of the 2014 legislative session.

The state’s largest business group, the 10,000-member Connecticut Business and Industry Association, hailed the deal that is designed to keep Hartford-based United Technologies Corp. in its home state but said that the session lacked focus on economic issues overall.

“Although we saw some modest progress this session towards improving Connecticut’s economic competitiveness, we are not aggressively attacking those areas that hurt our ability to attract the much-needed private investments that lead to job creation,” said John R. Rathgeber, the CEO of CBIA.

“As we work to make Connecticut a top 20 state in which to do business by 2017, we have to be mindful that other states, including several in our region, are actively improving their business climates to attract the very investments that we want to attract to Connecticut,” Rathgeber said in a statement.

Besides the United Technologies deal, CBIA said progress was made with the creation of a state port authority to better utilize the state’s three deep-water ports, the Manufacturing Innovation Fund that is designed to help manufacturers, and training programs to help improve the state’s workforce. Continue reading

CBIA, Voices For Children and No Labels Planning \”State of the State\” Forum

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The Connecticut Business and Industry Council, Connecticut Voices for Children and No Labels are planning a free public forum later this month on debt, jobs and growth in the state.


The gathering is expected to feature a number of political and public policy heavy-hitters, including Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, Comptroller Kevin Lembo and former U.S. Comptroller General David Walker.

The gathering will be held at on Nov. 22 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Hartford Club on Prospect Street in Hartford.

To register, please go here.