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Governor Lamont Announces Reopen Connecticut Advisory Group to Hold Business Roundtable Thursday at 10AM

Members of the Public Encouraged to Submit Questions Related to Impact of COVID-19 on Businesses

(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont today announced that members of the Reopen Connecticut Advisory Group’s business committee will hold a roundtable discussion on Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. regarding the impact of COVID-19 on the state’s business community.

Members of the public who have questions for the panel can email their inquiries to The discussion will be broadcast live by the Connecticut Network (CT-N) and available to watch on its cable television channel and through a live stream on

Some of the members of the advisory group’s business committee who will participate in this roundtable include:

  • Moderator: David Lehman, Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development
  • Joe Brennan, President and CEO of the Connecticut Business and Industry Association
  • Oni Chukwu, Executive Chairman of Aventri
  • Dan Meiser, Chairman of the Connecticut Restaurant Association
  • Fran Pastore, President and CEO of the Women’s Business Development Council
  • Meredith Reuben, CEO of EBP Supply Solutions
  • David Roche, President of the Connecticut Building Trades
  • Garrett Sheehan, President and CEO of the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce

Earlier this week, members of the advisory group’s education committee held a similar roundtable discussion regarding the impact of COVID-19 on schools. Video of that discussion can be watched online here.

The Reopen Connecticut Advisory Group is a panel of local health, business, workforce, and education experts who are consulting with the Lamont administration and legislative leadership on the reopening of Connecticut’s economy and education system as the nation emerges from the unprecedented public health emergency caused by COVID-19. The group is providing Governor Lamont with recommendations, which the governor is using to inform his decisions on the reopening of the state.

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