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Tony Vengrove Advocates Innovation in Connecticut

084The state is in a budget mess, hundreds of millions in the red, corporations are leaving, others are threatening to. So what do you do to help rebuild Connecticut? Tony Vengrove of Miles Finch Innovation, who lives in New Milford, says the answer is to innovate and connect with others who are doing the same. Then, connect all the game changers together across the state. Vengrove, returned to Connecticut from Virginia. He admits it would have made more sense to stay there because taxes are lower as is the cost of living, but was passionate about coming back home to make a difference.




  1. visiple
    Posted March 1, 2016 at 4:31 am | Permalink

    Great stuff. Thanks for sharing Ann and Tony! I have also been a champion of Innovation, co working spaces and incubators for years. Love to hear Tony speaking the speak.

    • Tony Vengrove
      Posted March 1, 2016 at 7:41 am | Permalink

      Thank you, Evan! We’re lucky to have Ann creating platforms for CT-area entrepreneurs and change makers to share their stories.

  2. Ann Nyberg
    Posted March 1, 2016 at 10:15 am | Permalink

    If we gathered all the people in the state who get this…we win…keep going, guys!

    • Tony Vengrove
      Posted March 1, 2016 at 10:53 am | Permalink

      Yes! But let’s change “if” to “when!” 🙂

  3. visiple
    Posted March 1, 2016 at 12:10 pm | Permalink

    Exactly… we will never be able to bring everyone along but enough to make a change. A positive is the micro beer industry in CT which is usually created and supported by hipster tips. Being that they are younger means we have a shot. They also appreciate co working spaces and technology.

    Years ago I approached Google about them wiring small cities with wifi (New London). They were interested but the city was not as they did not understand the benefit of being” wired”. Now they are struggling to upgrade their infrastructure. For me and you this is internet for them it is sewage and pipes. LOL

    I have seen a great deal of innovation in cities across the globe where there is investment in tech infra. I wrote an interesting Linkedin Pulse a year ago on such investments… CT has missed the bus but if we are smart we can take the next bus.