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Conn. Seeks to Recapture Role as Insurance Capital

The skyline and the Connecticut River are seen in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Bob Child)
The skyline and the Connecticut River are seen in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Bob Child)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Hartford is trying to recapture its status as the nation's insurance capital by drawing in a specialized insurance business that is finding a home elsewhere.

Since the 18th century, Hartford — home to Aetna Inc., Cigna, The Hartford, Travelers Cos. and others — has been synonymous with insurance. Even Hartford's skyline is dominated by the 34-story granite Travelers tower built in 1919.

Leonardi and Sen. Joseph Crisco, co-chairman of the Insurance and Real Estate Committee, say Connecticut needs to attract captive insurance companies.

"We still believe we're the No. 1 insurance state, and we want to continue," Crisco said. "What can we do more to improve our position?"

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