Mickey's Mail - December 7, 2017

  Mickey's Mail - 12/7/17 - The BIG Day was a Success!

Last week’s Mickey’s Mail had me urging readers not to miss this past Tuesday night’s sold-out BRBC Annual Dinner at the Trumbull Marriott. I’m clearly not always right about a lot of things, but I was sure right about the prediction that this particular event would be a winner.

I have been involved with the BRBC since I arrived here from the Twin Cities in 1976, and I thought that Tuesday evening’s Annual Dinner was the grandest event for our organization over these past 41 years.

When Bridgeport native Jim Murren, the Chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International, finished his remarks, after a thundering standing ovation before a sold-out Trumbull Marriott ballroom, I took the podium and said I have only one word to say: “Wow”! The evening was also special for other reasons, including our annual leadership awards (more on those awardees in our next Monday Morning Memo), but it was Jim’s remarks that “brought the house down, as I was quoted as saying in today’s Connecticut Post.

Here are four selective quotes from Jim’s speech: 

“if the (state) legislature approves a Bridgeport casino… we will help create an environment for business expansion, retention and recruitment that will result in jobs and tax base growth.”  

“When MGM Bridgeport was announced in September, I said it was the right development at the right time in the right place. I believed that then, and I believe it now.” 

“It’s wonderful to be back in Bridgeport. Although I’m coming back…in many ways I never left. That’s because where you’re from helps define who you are.”  

“I can’t imagine anything more meaningful than being part of Bridgeport’s resurgence.”  

What Jim Murren told us is that he wants to be part of our economic revival in large part because this is where his family settled after immigrating from Ireland in the 1880’s, where his life began and, where he developed his value system. And where he developed his work ethic, like so many others, including the families of many business leaders in attendance at our annual dinner. 

To me, it was the very personal nature of his remarks that made his speech stand out. You would expect his message of the huge boost in economic development MGM would give to our region to resonate well with our BRBC audience. But it was the manner in which he spoke of his deep family roots to greater Bridgeport, and how he wanted to bring back to us the economic prosperity we once enjoyed decades ago that made his speech so extraordinary.