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The Chamber's Government Relations Committee presents several Legislative Programs throughout the year. They include, but are not limited to: a Candidate's Forum, a Legislative Reception and Connecticut Business Day.
At the Candidate's Forum, candidates for the State House and Senate discuss various business issues. The Chamber's lobbyist, Marshall Collins has served as moderator for past programs. The audience invited to pose questions during a question and answer period. The Candidate's Forum is held during October of election years for State House and Senate.
The Legislative Reception is an annual event held to recognize our State Representatives and Senators for their work during the Legislative Session. Legislators are given the opportunity to speak briefly to the audience followed by a question and answer period. Networking opportunities with the Legislators prior to and after the formal program are also available.
Northwest Connecticut's Chamber has historically had the most representation of all chambers of commerce at the Connecticut Business & Industry Association's Connecticut Business Day. Connecticut Business Day is normally held in March at the State Capitol. Chamber members are again given the opportunity to meet with their State Elected Officials and attend the Governor's State of the State Address.
The Government Relations Committee is one of the Chamber's most active and dedicated committees. Members work on an Annual Legislative Agenda, which highlights areas of concern for the business community of Northwest Connecticut. The Agenda, which is put before the Chamber's Board of Directors for approval, is then presented to the State Legislative delegation.
For more information on the Chamber's Legislative Programs or the Government Relations Committee, please contact Chamber President JoAnn Ryan at 860-482-6586 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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For more information, contact Lauren Smith, Program Coordinator at email@example.com.
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The Leadership Northwest program is designed to develop resourceful, motivated business leaders who are committed to making Northwest Connecticut a better place to live and work.
Participants meet the 3rd Wednesday of each month between October and May. Each session offers a full day of professional development. The class participates in workshops, panel discussions and tours of state and local organizations. In addition, each person works with a team to plan and complete a self-directed, community oriented service project.
Our purpose is to:
Below is a list of the Leadership Northwest programs for that were completed for the year 2011.
Raised money to send children to summer camp. Jason Farrington, Alcoa Howmet; Sora Garlasco, Founders Insurance Group; Tiffany Hussey, Litchfield Bancorp; Jennifer Grant, CT Junior Republic
To help abandoned, abused, and neglected animals by raising monetary and canned donations to benefit the Little Guild of St. Francis (Cornwall, CT) as well as host an adoption event to place pets in caring homes. Stephen So, Union Savings Bank; Laura Tabak, Northwest Community Bank; Dan Phelan, Litchfield Insurance Group
To replenish the Hinsdale School Library with much needed books and to evoke excitement about reading with the students. Monique Abreu, Founders Insurance Group; Elena Twombly, The Y; Kim Ciccarello, Union Savings Bank
Created and completed a survey for the region on the economic impact of the Welcome Center to northwest Connecticut. The end result was the Welcome Center would favorably impact the region and spending revenue to the area would increase of upwards 30%. Courtney Brown, Alcoa Howmet; Jane Vannini, Litchfield Bancorp; Donna Belanger, Valerie Manor
“Leadership Northwest has helped me grow personally and professionally. It has opened new doors for me in the community, helped me to step out of my comfort zone and try new things, and made me a more confident business professional.”
—Sabrina Smeltz, Northwest CT YMCA
“The monthly sessions were interesting and taught me so much about the region—what it has to offer as well as the challenges. I am so glad to have been a part of the program and enjoyed the experience.”
—Margret Warner, Litchfield Bancorp
“I found Leadership Northwest very meaningful for both my personal and professional development. Working with so many different people, all with different personality types, made me more aware of how to approach people to get the best results. My job requires interacting with many people on different levels,so it made me much more aware of my approach.”
—Rose Rovero, Northwest Community Bank
“I am sure that I would not have had the opportunity to meet businesses and community leaders, to learn about their roles and to have the chance to work with some great people had it not been for this program.”
—Art Lampron, Alcoa Howmet
The Member-to-Member Workshops are designed to enable members to market their programs and services to fellow members.
The Chamber provides:
The cost is $300 per workshop.
For more information or to schedule a workshop contact Lauren Smith, Program Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org