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Why Connecticut?

Alexander Isley
Alexander Isley inc.
Reminds me of home (North Carolina) but with no humidity. Since I’ve moved here I’ve met several people who grew up within 15 minutes of me who ended up here for the same reason.

Don Carter
Adams & Knight
How can you go wrong with the birthplace of the lollipop, anesthesia and the icemaker?

Wayne Raicik
Cronin and Company
Both my wife and I are originally from Connecticut and have large families here — we could never think of moving. Connecticut has a rich heritage in design — guys like Wondriska, Peter Good, Tom Fowler. I looked at everything they did and tried to learn as much as I could from them. It’s a small community, but it’s easier to spot the good stuff.

Grant Copeland
Worx
I spoke to Bill Knight of Adams & Knight one time on the topic of agency competition in the state, and his response encapsulated why I want to live and work here. To paraphrase (since Bill is much more articulate than I): “If there is competition, that’s great. We should all welcome it. We should all want lots of great agencies in the state. Because if there’s great agencies, there’s businesses who want to keep their marketing in the state. If there’s great agencies supporting businesses, great marketing talent will want to come and stay here. Which is great for everyone.”

So, why Connecticut? (Cue Pomp & Circumstance, put the state flag behind me, and get me a taller soapbox!) Because there’s Knights, Adamses, Masons and Keilers. Cronins, Martinos, Binzers and Smizers. Perries, Elementses, Cashmans. Mintzes, Hokes. Isleys, Worx Groupers and… losing my breath. Dammit. That’s why. Go Connecticut. Go Connecticut agencies. (But go Red Sox, too!)

Dan Taylor
Taylor Design
I moved from New York City to Stamford in 1989, commuted for three years, and decided that I could not see myself growing old on Metro North. So in 1992, I bought a Mac, rented a desk from a Stamford architect, and hung out my shingle.

Julia Balfour
Julia Balfour, Inc.
We are located halfway between New York and Boston on the Connecticut Shoreline. The Old Saybrook Amtrak station can get us to either in just over two hours. It just seemed like the perfect place to be creative. I like to refer to it as faux-rural. We’re in the country but can get to a good restaurant, a good theater production, a good movie theater, and of course Target all within 15 minutes.

If there is competition, that’s great. We should all welcome it. We should all want lots of great agencies in the state. Because if there’s great agencies, there’s businesses who want to keep their marketing in the state. If there’s great agencies supporting businesses, great marketing talent will want to come and stay here. Which is great for everyone.

Pete Sena
Digital Surgeons
Well, I’m born and raised here so that made it a bit easier to select. Why New Haven? Like everything we do at Digital Surgeons, picking the location for our office was something we thought long and hard about. In the end we chose New Haven, Connecticut. We wanted to be in an environment rich with creativity and intellectual stimulation. We wanted to be someplace within easy reach of the technology and business hubs of Boston and New York, but also wanted a city with its own thriving tech and start-up traditions. Finally, we wanted a place that was easy to get to and easy to get from. It’s hard to find a more convenient city than New Haven (in fact, we couldn’t).

Amy Graver
Elements
Short answer: My Dad. Long answer: Growing up in Branford, I couldn’t wait to break free when I fled to college. Even after getting my degree, I flew away a few times — but always found myself coming back to Branford. I tried making my nest in as close as Boston and as far away as France — but my heart kept pulling me back to my hometown, and my loved ones who are here. My roots are deep. I’m not going anywhere.

Kelly Clark
How 2 Design
I ask myself the same question at the end of every summer. Seriously, I love Connecticut — so nice to be close to NYC, and New Haven is like a little jewel. But I have a serious plan to head to St. Somewhere at some point. I just have no use for cold.

Carol Amato
LEGO
I get asked this all the time by my city friends. While I did love living in the city, what I missed most was actually driving my car to the grocery store. There’s a quality of life in a sleepy little town like Deep River that I love. It keeps you centered and your way of life humble. It’s all about the simple things.

Nick Healy
Mascola Group
I joke around about how lame I am by growing up in Connecticut, going to school in Connecticut and settling in Connecticut, but I really like it here. I loved growing up in a town on the water, I like being close to New York City and I go there as much as I can, I loved living for four years in New Haven, and I’m really excited that my kids live within 30 minutes of both my family and my wife’s.

Brian Grabell
MadisonMott
it is:
where i was born.
where my family resides.
where i interned { mostly due to line items 1 & 2 }
where i landed my first design job.
where i met my wife.
where my life is happening { even at this very instant }.

it is:
what i know.

it is also:
just a dot on a map.

Karen Stevenson
Thumbnail Designs
I really do love this state — especially my little southeastern corner. I enjoy the art scene and all of the culture. I find my weekends double-booked with so many different events — gallery openings, concerts, wine tastings, kayaking trips, etc. Plus, I live right by the ocean — that’s priceless to me. A visit to the beach, in any season, clears my head and calms my soul. I also never get bored with the weather here — it’s always changing and that keeps it interesting. I even like snow (gasp!) although I am biased because I don’t have to drive in it often. To top it all off, we’re just a few hours from so many wonderful getaway spots — Block Island, Kennebunkport ME, Boston, NYC, Finger Lakes region of NY, Burlington VT… It’s simply home.

Rena DeBortoli
Rena DeBortolio Design
Connecticut is where I ended up after college; I moved to San Francisco for a little while, discovered that I’m not fond of earthquakes and moved back. I would have considered living in Pittsburgh, where I am from, if it only had an ocean. I love the little edge of CT that I live in. I’ll stay for a while, as I work on raising funds for my second home in Capri, or a place yet to be discovered…