CRMA moving offices
2021 CRMA officers elected
News and notes from around the state

  • Like many of you, this has been a challenging year for CRMA, and because of that we have had to make some changes in the organization.
  • One of those changes is that we will be downsizing our office space, which will enable us to reduce a significant expense item – so that we can continue to serve you.
  • Next week, you will be receiving your 2021 dues renewal form and you will notice that we have a new mailing address.
  • Please note the address:

    PO. Box 3337
    Pepe’s Farm Road
    Milford, CT 06460


CRMA 2021 Officers elected

  • We are also very pleased today to announce that the 2021 CRMA Board of Directors were elected last week.
  • We are very fortunate to have these industry leaders, and all of our volunteer Board members, share with us their time and talents to make the CRMA the Voice of Retailing in CT.
  • The CRMA Leadership team for next year will include:
    • Chairperson of the Board – Abigail Jewett, AT&T
    • Vice Chair – Charles Miller, Macy’s
    • Secretary Treasurer – Corey Whitely, Ethan Allen
    • Immediate Past Chair – Tom Wholley, CT Mattress


News and Notes

  • The state legislature, when it convenes for the 2021 session in early January, may do so outside, possibly with a remote address from the Governor. Hartford Courant has the story here.
  • Connecticut’s official unemployment rate, as calculated by the federal government, increased by more than two percentage points to 8.2% in November. CT Mirror has the data here.
  • Home sales continued to grow in Greater Hartford in November – up 44% from November 2019. Median home prices were up 12%.  Hartford Business Journal has the latest numbers here.
  • Blumshapiro, the largest regional accounting and advisory firm based in New England, based in West Hartford, is being acquired by the nation’s 8th largest firm in the industry, CliftonLarsonAllen (CLA) LLP as of Jan. 1. Hartford Courant has the story here.
  • President-elect Joe Biden has reportedly selected Waterbury native Brenda Mallory to head the White House Council on Environmental Quality. Mallory attended Yale University.  NPR has the details here.
  • Gina McCarthy, former Connecticut Environmental Protection Commissioner, is Biden’s choice to coordinate the domestic climate group within the White House. CNN reports that story.
  • Meriden native and the current state Education Commissioner, Miguel A. Cardona, is among the candidates who could become the country’s next Secretary of Education. Meriden Record-Journal has local reaction here.
  • A total of 1,982 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Connecticut as of Thursday, to people in the healthcare workforce. Vaccinations for nursing homes are scheduled to start today, Friday.  166 of 169 towns and cities in Connecticut are now in the red zone alert level.  The state’s latest numbers are here.
  • The state is receiving about 12,000 fewer doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine than originally anticipated, Gov. Lamont announced this week. CT Post reports the story here.
  • Lamont says he is not inclined to loosen the current coronavirus rules that require breweries in Connecticut to include dining. The Hartford Courant has the story here.
  • A national survey has ranked Connecticut as the 4th best state in the nation in which to raise a family. Fairfield County Business Journal has the story here.