Kaliko Appointed by Governor to Newly “CT Competitiveness Council”

Joseph J. Kaliko of Greenwich has been appointed by Governor Malloy to serve on the newly formed Connecticut Competitiveness Council.

Mr. Kaliko presently serves on the Board of Director of Connecticut Innovations, a quasi public corporation investing in growing jobs and financing growth of the Connecticut economy by making strategic investments in new and growing businesses.

Additionally Kaliko serves on the Advisory Committee overseeing the Connecticut BioScience Investment Fund supporting early stage BioScience investment; and also serves as the President of the not for profit charity, The Needs Clearing House, Inc., based in Greenwich.

The new 10 member Connecticut Competitiveness Council is charged with encouraging and assisting private sector business growth, and evaluating and promoting Connecticut’s economic competitiveness in comparison to other states.

The council  is required to develop a Connecticut Competitiveness Scorecard that would give “a comprehensive statistical assessment” of the state’s competitiveness. The scorecard must be developed by Jan. 31, 2017, and be presented annually after that.

The council will meet at least quarterly and identify the state’s main economic challenges.

Members will advise the executive and legislative branches, as well as the private sector, on topics related to competitiveness.

“I look forward to serving on this council,” Kaliko said, adding, “The opportunity to consider and recommend needed improvements to transportation infrastructure, access to capital, tax policy, education opportunities; and directly assess business needs, are just a few of the focal points that I think all will affect Connecticut’s competitiveness going forward.”