Gain economic insight at Greater Valley Chamber event in Shelton

The chief investment officer at People’s United Bank and the president of the Connecticut Business & Industry Association (CBIA) will offer insights on the economy at a Shelton event on Feb. 20.

The Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce will present its annual Economic Outlook Breakfast Club meeting from 7:30-9 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 20 at Brownson Country Club, 15 Soundview Ave.

John S. Traynor, senior vice president and chief investment officer at People's United Bank, will discuss the economic trends, challenges and opportunities facing the business community in 2015.

Joseph Brennan, who was recently appointed president and CEO of the CBIA, will talk about the political climate in Connecticut, the governor's proposed biennial budget, and the “CT20x17 Campaign” to improve Connecticut's overall competitive position.

Cost and registration details

The cost is $30 for chamber members and $40 for guests. People should RSVP by Feb. 17 to or call 203-925-4981.

Program schedule is registration, breakfast and networking from 7:30-8 a.m.; and presentations from 8-9 a.m.

Event sponsors are BlumShapiro, People's United Bank, and People's United Wealth Management.

About the Greater Valley Chamber

Founded in 1964, the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce has about 600 members and works to enhance economic growth, development, prosperity and quality of life in the region.

The chamber serves the business community in Shelton, Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Derby, Oxford and Seymour. It is based on Progress Drive in Shelton.

The organization represents manufacturing, retail, service, bio-tech and corporate businesses, from home-based sole proprietors to large companies with multiple branches.

The chamber’s motto is, “Advancing the Regional Agenda through Business Leadership.” The organization's president is Bill Purcell.