- Associated Press - Saturday, January 30, 2016

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) - Leaders of nonprofit organizations in the Fairfield area are gathering this weekend to discuss how to deal with the departure of General Electric.

The company’s relocation of its headquarters from Fairfield to Boston has charities fretting because many GE employees are known for their community involvement.

The discussion scheduled for Saturday morning at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield will be moderated by state Sen. Tony Hwang, a Republican who says the company’s move will be a major setback to local philanthropic contributions.

General Electric employs 800 people in Fairfield. It announced earlier this month that it was leaving, with the move expected to occur in stages and be completed in 2018.

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