Oct 05 2023


10:00 am - 2:00 pm



Let Connecticut Work! Conference

Yankee Institute’s Let Connecticut Work! Conference features bipartisan panels of business and policy leaders for a series of important and wide-ranging discussions on how Connecticut can improve its business climate. This is an opportunity for small and medium-sized business leaders to network and engage in frank, civil discussions on tax, regulatory and energy issues.

Panelists include:

  • The Hon. Mark Boughton (Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Revenue Services)
  • Ken Coomes (Independent Sales Representative, Sue Merchant Services)
  • Sen. Ryan Fazio (R-36th, Ranking – Energy & Technology and Planning & Development)
  • Paul Formica (Owner, Flanders Fish Market & Restaurant and former state senator)
  • Jim Gildea (Director of Manufacturing, Bigelow Tea)
  • Rep. Maria Horn (D-64th, House Chair — Finance Committee)
  • Andy Markowski (CT State Director for the National Federation of Independent Business)
  • Michael O’Connor (Vice President, Millstone Power Station)
  • Robert Scinto (Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board, R. D. Scinto, Inc.)
  • Jonathan Wharton, Ph.D. (Graduate School Associate Dean, Political Science SCSU)
  • Rep. Kerry Wood (D-29th, Chair — Insurance & Real Estate)

Keynote Address: The Hon. Themis Klarides (Former House Minority Leader, Connecticut General Assembly)


  • Betsy Gara (Executive Director, Connecticut Council of Small Towns)
  • Dan Haar (Senior Editor, CT Insider)
  • Francis Pickering (Executive Director, WESTCOG)

About Yankee Institute 

Yankee Institute is a research and citizen organization founded in 1984 under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code. YI is committed to empowering Connecticut’s people to forge a brighter future for themselves and their families.


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