What is the future of manufacturing in Connecticut? While the number of factory jobs in Connecticut today is only a fraction of what it was a few decades ago, in each of the last three years those numbers have shown a modest uptick. In fact, there are now some 8,000 open manufacturing jobs in the state, with thousands more current workers due to retire in the next few years. Technical high schools, private and community colleges and workforce development boards are ramping up to fill in the gaps by training a new generation of workers, who are finding that the industry is safer, cleaner and much more rewarding that they might have expected.
Also in this issue: Our annual 40 Under 40 list (coming Jan. 27), featuring dozens of up-and-coming young people who are making the state a better place; and we visit a Maine community where all of February can be Valentine's Day.