By Catie Talarski
Hope you all had a lovely holiday weekend, filled with great food and family. Here’s what’s in store for the coming week – December 27 to 31:
MONDAY: Making Sense of the Census
Today, we’ll talk about what the census data says about reapportionment – and about state demographics. We’ve managed to emerge from the “great recession” better than other states – with unemployment rates below the national average, and incomes still the highest in the country. But it’s not all rosy. Poverty rates are increasing. In 2009, 21% of state residents lived below twice the poverty threshold. The state has the 4th highest long-term unemployment rate in the country – because of slow job creation and an aging workforce. Coming up we’ll make sense of it all with a few number crunchers – and we’ll find out where the new Mean Center of U.S. Population is.
TUESDAY: Williams and Donovan
Senate President Don Williams and Speaker of the House Chris Donovan have enjoyed big Democratic majorities in the state legislature, but they’ve never started a new session with a Democratic Governor. Now, they get their chance. Today, where we live, conversation with the two men who were formerly the most powerful Democrats in the state – about their vision for Connecticut under new Governor Dan Malloy.
WEDNESDAY: Tech Jobs in CT
The Connecticut Technology Council released a report this month that warns that our state is falling behind in high tech jobs and development. In a state that’s already lacking in job creation, we could lose the few technology firms we do have because of our “poor entrepreneurial environment”. Coming up, we’ll talk to those working in the tech field about how the new administration could turn this around – and we’ll do some benchmarking with our friends in North Carolina.
THURSDAY: Downtowns and Brownfields
Transportation has been the demise of many a Connecticut downtown plagued by traffic and inconvenient infrastructure, but town planners are now trying to harness the power of transit to revitalize downtowns. Connecticut Main Street Center will be hosting an upcoming workshop on developing downtowns through transit oriented revitalization efforts. We’ll talk with members of local and regional town planning committees to learn how to develop a downtown to best fit and define the community it services. And we’ll hear from two uconn professors who recently proposed a comprehensive transit oriented brownfields redevelopment effort that hopes to transform Connecticut’s abandoned urban areas into thriving downtowns.
FRIDAY: Special Holiday Programming: Beyond Numbers: A History of the U.S. Census
BackStory digs into the little-considered story of the Census – the invisible backbone of America’s democracy. The program explores what was so revolutionary about the concept in the first place, and looks at how census data threatened the power of America’s elites in the 19th century. It also considers the emerging awareness of a racial “undercount” in the 20th century, and the ways that suspicion of government has posed a challenge to the Census Bureau. Join the History Guys as they explore the fascinating story of how we’ve counted ourselves through three centuries of American life.