Companies moving to CT shows ‘we’re getting our mojo back,’ Lamont says

STAMFORD — Gov. Ned Lamont wants Connecticut to modify its reputation as the “land of steady habits.”

He said that the past two weeks demonstrated its ability to evolve, as tobacco giant Philip Morris International and several other companies unveiled plans for new offices and major hiring in the state. Lamont and other state officials argue that those commitments reflect the momentum of Connecticut’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic-sparked economic downturn — a confidence shared by many business leaders and local officials in lower Fairfield County, where the growth is concentrated.

“We invented the submarine, we invented the jet engine, we invented the hamburger, we invented the Frisbee. Then something happened, and we became the land of steady habits,” Lamont said in a speech to several dozen business people during a networking event Wednesday evening at The Village, a new mixed-use complex in Stamford’s South End. “I think we’re getting our mojo back right now, and I think the people in this room are evidence of that.”

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