Department of Economic and Community Development Modernization
We must also rethink the way that our state Department of Economic and Community Development operates to make sure that government operates at the speed of business, and we get the most economic bang for our buck. I will jolt the system to increase the DECD’s agility, innovation, and responsiveness, and prioritize businesses with high growth potential. We must proactively integrate with our chambers of commerce and include additional input from the business community on decisions regarding allocation of resources to make sure that the agency fulfills its mission to best help businesses grow and create jobs in Connecticut. We have to rethink the way grants are distributed and loans are made so that our limited resources are smartly spent to promote emerging and growth industries with supporting networks and ecosystems.