CPBN Announces the Launch of Its Made in Connecticut Initiative, Exploring Manufacturing and Innovation and Their Impact on the Nutmeg State
The Initiative Kicks Off on CPTV and WNPR This Month
Against the backdrop of such timely issues as outsourcing and a global economy, the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CPBN) announces the launch of its Made in Connecticut initiative. This yearlong, multi-platform initiative is designed to explore modern manufacturing and the role of innovation on companies that are located – and thriving – right here in Connecticut.
This campaign, which kicks off this April, will feature special programming airing on WNPR/Connecticut Public Radio, CPBN’s NPR affiliate, and CPTV, CPBN’s PBS affiliate. This programming will explore such topics as the value that manufacturing provides to the state's economy; how the manufacturing sector is contributing to the creation of jobs in Connecticut; how advances in technology have changed the nature of manufacturing and the skills needed to work successfully in the manufacturing environment; and how science, technology and innovation are transforming manufacturing endeavors around the world, the nation and the state.
“Manufacturing has always been an important part of Connecticut’s culture and economy, and it’s a subject we’re thrilled to explore with the Made in Connecticut initiative,” said Jerry Franklin, President and CEO of CPBN. “In recent years, technological advances, as well as human innovation and creativity, have put Connecticut on the forefront of a manufacturing revolution. This revolution is not only exciting, it’s important to the local economy, as it’s helping to create jobs in the Nutmeg State.”
The Made in Connecticut initiative is made possible by CPBN’s Founding Sponsor, KBE Building Corporation.
“We choose very carefully when it comes to which community initiatives to support. When CPBN approached us about Made in Connecticut, we knew it was a great fit,” said Mike Kolakowski, KBE Building Corporation’s President and Principal Owner. “We’re passionate about fostering innovation in Connecticut’s manufacturing and technology spaces, and we just happen to have built more technical high schools around the state than anyone else. We’re thrilled to shine light on this critical aspect of the state’s current and future economy.”
The Made in Connecticut initiative will feature special reports and stories from the award-winning WNPR news team that look at how manufacturing is affecting Connecticut and its economy. These stories will be accessible online at http://madeinct.cptv.org.
Additionally, CPTV’s Made in Connecticut special presentations will kick off in April with the series Built to Last, airing Sundays at 4:30 p.m. beginning April 20. This series details what goes into building professional-quality construction projects. Over the next year, additional Made in Connecticut presentations on CPTV will include:
- Everyday Edisons, a series that follows 10 inventors – finalists selected from thousands of hopefuls – as their original ideas evolve into prototypes and, potentially, retail products
- Raw to Ready, exploring the science, innovation and sheer genius required to transform the most basic ingredients into powerhouse machines
- Something Ventured, a documentary that looks at how the venture capitalist industry laid the groundwork for America's start-up economy
- Who Knew? With Steven Johnson, a six-part series hosted by the popular American science author and media theorist that explores the power and legacy of great ideas, from the iPhone to air conditioning
- America Revealed: Made in the U.S.A.,from the America Revealed series, about how supply and demand, manufacturing and assembly are interconnected in American industry
- Super Skyscrapers, a four-part PBS series that follows the creation of four unique buildings and explores how they will revolutionize the way people live and work
Plus, a CPTV Original documentary produced as part of the Made in Connecticut initiative will premiere in October 2014. In addition, both CPTV and CPTV Sports, CPTV’s 24-hour local sports network, will air Made in Connecticut vignettes throughout the campaign.
About the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network
The Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CPBN) includes CPTV and WNPR. CPTV, a media service of CPBN, is a locally and nationally recognized producer and presenter of quality public television programming, including original documentaries, public affairs shows and educational programming. CPTV has built a reputation as a leader in children’s programming, including playing an historic role in bringing Barney & Friends™, Bob the Builder™ and Thomas & Friends™ to public television. The station offers 11.5 hours of positive, nurturing children’s programs each weekday, reaching 450,000 households each week. The Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network also includes WNPR, an affiliate of National Public Radio, Public Radio International and American Public Media. WNPR serves 276,000 listeners weekly in Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island with news and information. Its award-winning local programming includes The Faith Middleton Show, The Colin McEnroe Show and Where We Live. CPBN also includes two affiliate channels: CPTV4U, a 24/7 channel featuring award-winning drama, news and talk programming, concert performances, independent films, nature shows, British comedy and more; and CPTV Sports, Connecticut’s only 24-hour local sports network, covering statewide high school, college, semi-professional and professional sports. CPBN also houses the Learning Lab, home to the Journalism & Media Academy Magnet School satellite campus and the Veterans Vocational Training Program. For more information, visit CPBN.org.
About KBE Building Corporation
KBE Building Corporation is committed to supporting the communities in which the firm works and its employees live. Through its innovative “50 Ways to Make a Difference” philanthropy program, KBE has donated more than $1 million since 2007 to charitable organizations that support children, military personnel, and senior citizens, as well as many of our neighbors in need. In 2014, KBE’s “50 Ways” program will support technology education in Connecticut, including $17,000 in scholarships for 34 students at the state’s 17 technical high schools. Founded in 1959, KBE is a full-service commercial construction services firm regionally located in Farmington, Connecticut and Columbia, Maryland. Known for its construction of many of Connecticut’s educational facilities – including six of the state’s technical high schools and many of its university facilities – KBE has managed more than $2.5 billion in construction volume over the last decade. The firm’s 120 employees provide preconstruction, construction management, design-build, and general contracting services to clients in the educational, senior living, federal, corporate, hospitality, health care, institutional, and retail markets. Learn more at www.kbebuilding.com.