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Despite the doom and gloom on cable news and Wall Street and the plummeting statistics from unemployment to business growth rates, the WestConn community learned at an economic summit held in March that Danbury is holding its own.

A panel of local business people discussed current economic conditions, and its expectations for the future at the “Economic $ummit: Surviving Our Economic Tsunami” held at the Westside Campus Center Ballroom. Panel members included: moderator Dr. Allen Morton, dean of WestConn’s Ancell School of Business; John Kline, CEO, Union Savings Bank; Stephen Bull, president, Greater Danbury Chamber of Commerce; Bernard Findley, president, New Century Direct; Scott Sanderude, vice president, marketing and development, Praxair; Jane Didona, president, Didona Associates Landscape Artichitects; Brian Raabe, partner, Empirical Research Partners; and Chris Bruhl, president and CEO, Business Council of Fairfield County.

Most of the panel had encouraging words for the 50 or so students from the Ancell School who attended the discussion. Kline urged students to keep their expectations in line with the economy, especially when considering pay scale, and to focus on performance even though they may not have landed the job they were qualified for. “Get in there and show you have the ability to learn,” he said.