Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody’s Analytics, and Scott Case, a founder of Priceline, will headline Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s economic conference on Oct. 6, a meeting Malloy’s called to tee up a special session on jobs later in the month. Zandi and Case will put a national gloss on a state initiative.

In the words of the Washington Post, Zandi is an economist who has emerged as the “go-to guy” for both parties to assess the impact of jobs proposals. Case, who now is CEO of the Startup America Partnership, kicked off a similar jobs summit called recently by the governor of Tennessee.

Malloy has been building towards an Oct. 26 special session with a summerlong jobs tour, overtures to legislative leaders in both parties, and, now, a daylong conference at the Connecticut Convention Center led by speakers and experts from outside government.

“We visited businesses, industry and labor groups and other stakeholders – people on the front lines of economic development,” Malloy said in an emailed statement today. “Now we’ll listen to national experts and learn first-hand about ways in which we can lead in a 21st century economy.

“We’ll see how their perspectives can build on what we already know and help us as we prepare for the Jobs Special Session. It’s time to reinvent Connecticut and move on from decades-long sluggish job growth.”

Malloy is meeting today with leaders of both parties about a potential agenda for the special session.

To attend the conference, registration is required online.

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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