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Each week, Ari Santiago interviews a thriving CT manufacturing leader to share the positive messages around the industry with two goals:

1) To share best practices amongst manufacturing business leaders to help each other to grow and succeed

2) To spread the word throughout the state that manufacturing is a growing part of our economy and offers exciting opportunities for incredible, well-paying careers 


Ari Santiago is the President, CEO and Founder of IT Direct, a Technology Managed Service Provider in Hartford, CT. He has a passion for the manufacturing industry and the incredible impact it is making on our local economy. IT Direct focuses on providing its manufacturing clients the technology, support, and strategic guidance they need to not only meet their business goals but to drive future success. 


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Jun 2, 2020

Ari and David Griggs, President and CEO of the MetroHartford Alliance, have an inspirational conversation about both the current and future 'story of Hartford'. They talk about the MetroHartford Alliance's role in telling that story, retaining current businesses, attracting new businesses, and bringing together the entire Hartford region for the benefit of us all.

Together, they discuss the economic development needs of the region and what the Alliance and the Hartford Chamber of Commerce have done and continue to do to meet those needs - before, during and after the Covid-19 crisis. The MetroHartford Alliance is both pulling together communities and marketing those communities to regions outside of Hartford to promote the region and continue our growth.

David talks about how the manufacturing industry is set to become a big factor in their strategy to bring more interest to the region.

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