BusinessWest: New England Knowledge Corridor Partnership to Host Mayors’ Forum

21 Oct 2016

SPRINGFIELD — What are the current economic challenges and opportunities confronting former industrial hubs such as Hartford, Chicopee, New Haven, Springfield, and New Britain?

That is exactly what will be discussed in Central Connecticut State University’s Torp Theatre on Wednesday, Oct. 5 at this year’s Mayors’ Fall Economic Forum, hosted by the New England Knowledge Corridor Partnership (NEKC), a consortium of more than 30 diverse organizations all focused on creating a more competitive and prosperous cross-border region stretching from New Haven north through Hartford, Springfield, and beyond.

“While no one denies our region faces its share of economic challenges, it has become increasingly apparent that much of the potential presented by our many institutions of higher learning and healthcare, as well as our advantageous proximity to Boston and New York, has yet to be fully tapped into,” said NEKC chair and Pioneer Valley Planning Commission Executive Director Tim Brennan. “The New England Knowledge Corridor Partnership is all about working across sectors and state borders to ensure our region fully capitalizes on our strengths and addresses our challenges with clear eyes and a willingness to collaborate.”

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