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Lawmakers aim to attract more tech jobs, millennials to CT

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STAMFORD -

Sen. Chris Murphy dropped by a Stamford tech startup Thursday to learn more about how Connecticut might attract other new businesses, jobs and millennials to work them.

"We create sensors that track your golf data," says Arccos Golf CEO Sal Sayed.

The sensors will help golfers pick clubs with precision.

Murphy wants new startups to help fill the void left behind when General Electric left Fairfield last year. The company blamed its departure in part on the reluctance of tech-savvy young people to move to the region.

"Honestly, we haven't had any problems," Sayed says.

Arccos employee Tom Williams moved to Wilton from Washington, D.C. to work for the company.

"I think Connecticut is a pretty amazing place to live," he says. 

And successful companies may well attract others, according to Williams.

"If you look around at the places around the country that are thriving tech centers -- there's an anchor company that is bringing in a lot of workers. And then, from that anchor company, you have startups that are offshoots," he says.

Another criticism of Connecticut is that its business taxes are too high, but Arccos says that has not been a factor. The main concern is attracting qualified workers.

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