MetroHartford Alliance President and CEO David Griggs, stands on Pratt Street in Hartford. (Photo credit: Allegra Anderson Photography)

MetroHartford Alliance President and CEO David Griggs was recently featured in blog by Matt Walker, contributing editor for, talking about assets of our region. (Read the full article: Recognizing the Hartford Region for Its Diversity of Opportunities Across a Number of Industries, Including Insurance and Manufacturing.)

Highlights from article:

Hartford, Connecticut’s history predates that of the United States, but the capital city is still innovating and evolving after almost 400 years. Hartford is the insurance capital of the world, but the manufacturing industry also maintains a huge presence in the area. In fact, Hartford is the largest producer of jet engines. And the MetroHartford Alliance, which is the combination of the chamber of commerce and local economic development group, continues to spearhead initiatives to attract more business to the area and make sure the businesses that are there are well taken care of.

Hartford is home to the nation’s longest-running newspaper and the oldest publicly funded art museum, and it is one of six U.S. cities highlighted in the Smithsonian Institute as a place of innovation. It’s safe to say that Hartford’s place in the history of America is well-established.

In the local efforts, Griggs said the MetroHartford Alliance makes sure that the companies and industries that call the Hartford area home are well looked after. And in its broader efforts, the MetroHartford Alliance works to develop and maintain Hartford’s identity and tell the world about the region.

“Understanding who we are as a region is key,” Griggs said.

With its diverse industries, quality education options, affordability, and low crime rates, the Hartford metropolitan area is certainly worth considering for businesses, individuals, and young families looking for a place to call home.

The article gives a nod to all the initiatives supported by the MetroHartford Alliance, noting that Innovation Destination Hartford may be of particular interest to tech-savvy entrepreneurs and other startups.