CRN Board leadership in place for 2024
CRN plans active 2024
News and Notes from the State Capitol
News and Notes from around the state

  • We are pleased and proud to announce that the CT Retail Network leadership team has been put in place to lead this dynamic organization for another year.
  • On Wednesday of this week, the Board of Directors of CRN renominated the following people for leadership roles on the Board:
  • Abby Jewett, PMI, Board Chair
  • Charles Miller, Macy’s, Vice Chair
  • Mike Goman, Goman/York, Secretary/Treasurer
  • CRN is in great hands with these individuals leading the organization, along with 15 other individuals who serve on the Board of Directors, and give CRN President Tim Phelan tremendous support and guidance. 
  • We are grateful for their service. 


CRN plans in place for 2024

  • In addition to re-electing Board members and Board leaders, the CRN Board also laid out plans for an active 2024.
  • In addition to our continued full-time commitment to representing ALL size retailers at the State Capitol, CRN is putting plans in place for a Legislative Reception in the spring of 2024 where members can talk directly to members of the General Assembly. 
  • We are also planning our annual Golf Outing with renewed vigor, as the Golf Outing is a great way for members to network and help raise needed funds for the CRN. 
  • And we have big plans for our Big Fall event that we will be holding in October. 
  • The fall event is our signature event and we are beginning our planning for that important event now, including accepting nominations for Retailer of the Year. 
  • We will continue to keep you updated throughout the year on these events and hope that you will be able to join us. The strength of CRN rests with you, our members, and we look forward to all of you participating in all these events. 


News and Notes from the State Capitol

  • Connecticut Attorney General William Tong and his New York counterpart Letitia James are partnering with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in a new initiative focused on cybersecurity enforcement, data protection, and online privacy.  Details from Fairfield County Business Journal here
  • A trio of state lawmakers from Connecticut traveled to Washington, D.C., on Wednesday to attend a White House summit on gun violence prevention about providing states with federal resources and pushing public policy.  Details reported by CT Mirror. 
  • After nearly five years overseeing the care of some of Connecticut’s most vulnerable residents, Vannessa Dorantes, commissioner of the state’s Department of Children and Families, is leaving her position to join a foster care nonprofit.  CT Mirror reports on the change in leadership here.
  • Gov. Lamont has scheduled a special election for Jan. 23 to choose a successor to Rep. Dorinda Borer, a Democrat who vacated her 115th House District seat upon taking office as mayor of West Haven.  More on the special election from CT Mirror here
  • State Republicans have a deep bench of possible 2026 gubernatorial candidates, according to  Connecticut GOP Chairman Ben Proto.  His observations are reported by CT Examiner here.  
  • Connecticut’s minimum wage will increase on Jan. 1, 2024, from $15 per hour to $15.69 per hour.  Details from FOX5 New York here.


News and Notes from around the state

  • Connecticut cannabis retail and medical dispensaries sold $25.6 million in cannabis products in November, according to state data, up by about $600,000 in sales than the previous month.  Hearst CT Media has the numbers here.
  • The Federal Trade Commission is investigating if the $10 billion purchase of Subway creates a sandwich shop monopoly with Jimmy John’s and Arby’s.  Details are reported by Politico here.  
  • Three London-based insurance technology companies will establish a presence in Hartford, a move precipitated by a 2022 partnership between Connecticut and UK officials to create an InsurTech Corridor between the two regions.  Details reported by Hartford Business Journal here
  • After months of resistance from students and faculty, the state Board of Regents voted to raise tuition by 5% at the state’s regional universities and community colleges.  CT Mirror reports on the decision here
  • Frontier Airlines is adding a nonstop service to Tampa, Florida from Bradley International Airport beginning next March.  Details reported by Hartford Business Journal here.
  • Breeze Airways plans to begin service between Bradley International and Florida’s Orlando International Airport, and between Bradley and John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana, California.  Details from Fairfield County Business Journal here.
  • The grand opening of Jordan’s Furniture, featuring an 80-foot high LED wall, in the former Lord & Taylor store at Westfarms is today.  Hartford Business Journal has a preview here.
  • The long-awaited Amazon distribution center in Plainfield won’t open this year, but town officials say they’ve been assured it will start operations at some point, perhaps in 2024.  Norwich Bulletin reports on the latest status here
  • From fast food chains to new recreational cannabis shops, Connecticut’s business landscape is expected to expand in 2024 with new businesses.  The Connecticut Post has the details here.