Innovation and Strategic Partnerships Are Goals of New Council Program

July 7, 2004
The Connecticut Tech Tribune, July 2004
Under the leadership of Board Chair Elaine Pullen, President of Gerber Scientific Products, and Vice Chair Tony Allen, President of the Impact Group, the Technology Council has launched a new program that emphasizes the role of innovation in the Connecticut economy and the practical benefits of bringing companies together not only to discuss issues of process change and creativity but to explore the possibilities of working together on new ideas.
The program will be called the Wiggin & Dana [email protected] Series after its lead sponsor.  Wiggin and Dana’s top technology partners Bill Perrone and Frank Marco are excited about the possibilities the program will present for the State.  “We are in a time of significant technical advances by many firms here, companies of all sizes.  If we can find ways to promote sharing of the best techniques that these firms are using and also stimulate strategic partnerships we have a win-win situation for everyone,” Marco noted. 
The programs are being designed by the Council staff along with Allen, Marco and others on a steering committee that has been assembled.
Prominent and technically sophisticated firms such as GE, UTC, and the Mohegan Sun will host some of the programs at their central research facilities and in the case of the Mohegan Sun, in the various IT control centers of its gaming facilities.
Some of the programs will emphasize the current leading edge thinking of experts and academics in the innovation areas.
“Switching from onsite discussions of those implementing new ideas to in-depth discussions of the latest thinking will give the on-going series a depth and impact that is currently unavailable in the state,” said Pullen.
There will be eight breakfast to noon programs a year and one dinner that will celebrate the leadership and role of women in the innovation field in the State.  The dinner is currently scheduled for the January of 2005.  The series will kick-off on September 21, 2004 at GE’s Plainville technology center.  This program will bring leaders from many of Connecticut’s largest firms to meet with Council member companies and to review technology policy and needs at a granular level.  Connections with smaller firms will be sought as well. 
Current sponsors for the Wiggin & Dana [email protected] Series include UTC, Open Solutions, Gerber Scientific, Edwards & Angell, GE, Mohegan Sun, the Impact Group and NERAC.