Gov.-elect Dan Malloy told a Hartford business group this morning he is meeting today with the finalists for the presidency of the University of Connecticut, a post the board of trustees may fill before Malloy takes office on Jan. 5.

Malloy also is meeting with executives at United Technologies today, part of a listening tour he is conducting with Connecticut employers. It was a UTC exec who infamously bemoaned the state’s business climate to Wall Street analysts.

After a speech to the MetroHartford Alliance, Malloy told reporters he wanted to acknowledge that he believes the business community has been ignored, an oversight he intends to rectify.

“That doesn’t mean they’ve always been right, but I don’t think there’s been an appropriate level of dialogue,” Malloy said. “I want people to understand that things are changing, that I’m a different guy than they are used to dealing with.”

Mark is the Capitol Bureau Chief and a co-founder of CT Mirror. He is a frequent contributor to WNPR, a former state politics writer for The Hartford Courant and Journal Inquirer, and contributor for The New York Times.

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