A Hands-on Approach to Giving   Connecticut couple Ray and Barbara Dalio are on a mission to give. Ray Dalio is the founder of the successful hedge fund Bridgewater Associates and through the family’s foundation they support a variety of causes. Barbara Dalio has a special focus on public education here in Connecticut, including The CT Opportunity Project. A recent article, published in Inside Philanthropy, highlights Barbara’s humble and hands on approach to giving and her commitment to helping kids succeed and stay in school. Read the full article  here.

Connecticut couple Ray and Barbara Dalio are on a mission to give. Ray Dalio is the founder of the successful hedge fund Bridgewater Associates and through the family’s foundation they support a variety of causes. Barbara Dalio has a special focus on public education here in Connecticut, including The CT Opportunity Project. A recent article, published in Inside Philanthropy, highlights Barbara’s humble and hands on approach to giving and her commitment to helping kids succeed and stay in school. Read the full article here.

Scoring Big for Hartford

Scoring Big for Hartford

MJC is excited to be part of Hartford Sports Group’s effort to bring professional soccer to Hartford. Funding has been secured to renovate Dillion Stadium as the home field for a United Soccer League franchise. If all goes as planned, play could begin next season. The redevelopment of Dillon Stadium, along with improvements to Colt Park, will only add to the emergence of Coltsville as one of the most dynamic mixed-used neighborhoods in the city.


Ship Shape

Ship Shape

The Connecticut Port Authority, an MJC client, is leading an effort to redevelop State Pier in New London. The state of Connecticut has set aside $15 million to help pay for the project. According to experts in the field the timing is perfect. A number of wind energy projects are being planned for the waters off the northeast and New London is perfectly situated to service them. A request for proposals for a developer and operator of State Pier went public in early June. Bids are due in August.

MJC’s Duby McDowell was a visiting lecturer at the University of Hartford’s Presidents’ College in February.

Her talk was titled “The #MeToo Movement: Where Have You Been All My Life?” and focused on sexual harassment and how the topic has exploded in the American consciousness. She spoke about experiencing both “the bad old days” and the advent of a new era, and this generated a lively question and answer session on where this upheaval leaves us and the many open questions about navigating the modern American workplace.

 

Connecticut, the opioid crisis, and moving forward: MJC's Dean Pagani making news

The opioid crisis is rampant. According to the state's medical examiner,  "917 people in Connecticut died of accidental drug overdoses" in 2016. This, "compared to 87 homicides, 387 suicides and 319 motor vehicle accidents," is a harsh and disturbing reality check for this worsening epidemic. Dean Pagani, VP at McDowell Jewett Communications, lends insight in today's Hartford Courant about companies moving forward amid this devastating crisis.