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Understanding Connecticut's Quasi-Public Agencies

Chion Wolf

Established in 1965, the Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority has earned its title as the oldest quasi-public agency in our state. Now, it’s one of eleven quasi-public entities in Connecticut, agencies like Connecticut Innovations, Inc.; the Connecticut Development Authority; the Connecticut Lottery Corporation; and the Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority -- to name a few. 

But what does it mean to be quasi-public? How did these agencies come about? And how do they differ from private and public entities? On Where We Live, our conversation takes us through the complexities of the quasi-public to help us better understand this gray area of our government.


  • Kevin Lembo, Connecticut's State Comptroller 
  • Gail Radford, Associate Professor of History at the University of Buffalo, and author of The Rise of the Public Authority: Statebuilding and Economic Development in Twentieth-Century America
  • Claire Leonardi, CEO of Connecticut Innovations, Inc. 
  • Abe Scarr, Director of the Connecticut Public Interest Research Group (ConnPIRG) 

Tucker Ives is WNPR's morning news producer.
Catie Talarski is Senior Director of Storytelling and Radio Programming at Connecticut Public.

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