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Mayor Pedro E. Segarra

"As Mayor, I will always advocate for Hartford, the city that opened its doors to me and provided opportunities that shaped my success.



My mission is simple: To make Hartford a national model for urban reinvention by leveraging existing resources to attain economic security and create a nurturing, inspiring environment for all residents.



I am committed to modernizing the way our local government works and to running an administration that is efficient, responsive, and open. It is truly a privilege to serve the people of Hartford. I look forward to working together to make Connecticut’s Capital City the best it can be."

Your Mayor,


Pedro E. Segarra

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City of Hartford Makes Significant Investment to Open Bushnell Park Carousel Year-Round

(April 1st, 2014) In recognition of the Bushnell Park Carousel's 100th anniversary, the City of Hartford will make a million-dollar investment in renovations adding heat, restroom facilities, and a multi-function room to the pavilion, and allowing the Carousel to be used year-round. The Department of Public Works will guide the upgrade, as part of a wider collection of projects in Bushnell Park, carried out in conjunction with the iQuilt Partnership and the Bushnell Park Foundation. Other efforts will focus on repairs to park sidewalks and landscaping, and restoration of the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch.

"The Bushnell Park Carousel is a beloved piece of Hartford history and one of Downtown's most popular attractions. Celebrating its 100th anniversary by opening it year round for residents and visitors alike is a great step toward making Hartford one of the Best Capital Cities in America," said Mayor Segarra.

"We want to encourage people to come and enjoy this treasure and learn about its unique history and art. If people begin caring and supporting Hartford's carousel today, then it can be still be around for their great-grandchildren to enjoy in the future," said Louise Demars, Executive Director of the New England Carousel Museum of Bristol, which manages the carousel for the City of Hartford.

Starting in mid-April the Department of Public Works will begin fencing off areas of the park identified for repair, including the Bushnell Park Carousel, though the remainder of the park will continue to be open to the public during this time. Construction on the pavilion will pause for the Carousel's 100th Birthday celebration on Saturday, July 26, 2014, and for Envisionfest on Saturday, September 20th.

Once officially reopened in November of 2014, the Carousel hours will be Tuesday through Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. To follow the restoration progress or to donate to help the Carousel's restoration process, including the Adopt-A-Horse campaign, call (860) 585-5411 or visit www.thecarouselmuseum.org.

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For Immediate Release: April 1, 2014
Contact: Kristina Newman-Scott
p. (860) 757-9016
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Tuesday: Mayor Segarra Recognizes National Service Programs in Hartford; Attends News Conference on State Electric Supplier Market

(March 31, 2014) Tomorrow morning, Mayor Pedro E. Segarra will join more than 1,750 mayors across the country in the second annual Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service to highlight the positive impact of the 390 AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers serving in Hartford.

Later in the day, Mayor Segarra will join Governor Malloy, Attorney General George Jepsen and Consumer Counsel Elin Swanson Katz in a news conference to address increasing consumer complaints in Connecticut’s electric supplier market.

WHAT: Mayor Segarra recognizes national service participants as part of the national Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service
WHO: Mayor Segarra, Social Innovation Fund Executive Director Michael Smith, Connecticut State Office of the Corporation for National and Community Service, the Connecticut Commission on Community Service, AmeriCorps
WHEN: Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at 10:00 a.m.
WHERE: Hartford City Hall, 550 Main Street, Function Room on the Second Floor

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WHO: Mayor Segarra, Governor Malloy, Attorney General Jepsen and Consumer Counsel Swanson Katz
WHAT: News conference to announce efforts to address consumer complaints in Connecticut’s electric supplier market
WHEN: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 12:30 p.m.
WHERE: South End Wellness Senior Center; 830 Maple Ave, Hartford, CT 06114


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For Immediate Release: March 31, 2014
Contact: Maribel La Luz
p. (860) 757-9731
c. (860) 539-5485

Mayor Segarra Orders Release of Raw City Data to Increase Transparency for the City of Hartford

(March 27, 2014) In an effort to increase transparency and efficiency, Hartford Mayor Pedro E. Segarra announced today that he has signed an executive order mandating all city departments to publish raw government data on the city’s website. The executive order authorizes collection of the data by the Chief Information Officer who will manage and update the information regularly. To kick off the effort, twenty data sets will be released in the next several months including financial, budget, assessors, tax, grand list, and health and human services information.

“This is about far more than transparency,” said Mayor Segarra. “Opening the door to public information makes our services easier to access, our City departments more efficient, and our collaborations with strategic partners more effective. Sharing data allows residents to understand how government works and gives them a chance to play a more active role in it. It will also allow us to come up with data-driven solutions for many of our most persistent problems.”

Mayor Segarra’s Executive Order No. 2014-1 establishes an Open Data Management Team made up of the Chief Information Officer and appointed representatives from each city department.

“Mayor Segarra has made this such a priority, and I'm excited to play a role in modernizing the way our information is shared,” said Sabina Sitaru, Director of MetroHartford Information Services. “Open data exponentially increases the resources available to study how the City works, it encourages public engagement but it also drastically decreases the time it takes to gather information internally. Other cities across the state are looking at this as the truly viable innovative option that it is.”

To implement the online portal the City of Hartford has signed a contract with Socrata, Inc. The open data will include maps, charts, graphs and it will integrate with the City’s enterprise Geographic Information System (GIS). The data will not include any personal or private records or any other personally identifiable information.

The Open Data Management Team will present its first report to the Mayor within 6 months and then yearly progress reports thereafter. Aligning with the State of Connecticut, Hartford is the first municipality to establish an Open Data Portal.

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For Immediate Release: March 27, 2014
Contact: Maribel La Luz
p. (860) 757-9731
c. (860) 539-5485
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City of Hartford Announces First Step Toward Online Permitting System

(March 27, 2014) The City of Hartford’s Development Services Division announced today that it had signed an agreement with Tyler Technology to begin implementing the company’s EnerGov planning, permitting and licensing solution. Once the upgrade is complete, residents and businesses will be able to file and track their applications online.

“I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished with permitting,” said Hartford Mayor Pedro E. Segarra. “A year ago, the chance of you getting a permit within one day was 4% - today it’s 52%. But we need to go further. A new push into online permitting will save money both for citizens and the City by reducing the time and material costs of the permitting process. Users will be able to track the progress of their applications, while more departments will have better access to our permitting records.”

“Streamlining applications and granting of permits will really advance development in this City,” said Thomas Deller, Hartford’s Director of Development Services. “Online permitting not only lowers the cost of doing business in the City substantially, but also sends the message that Hartford is ready for the arrival of the next generation of businesses.”

The new online permitting system is scheduled to be up and running next year.

 

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For Immediate Release: March 27, 2014
Contact: Maribel La Luz
p. (860) 757-9731
c. (860) 539-5485
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City of Hartford Offers Small Businesses an Opportunity for Development

(March 26, 2014) The City of Hartford’s Marketing, Events, and Cultural Affairs (MECA) Division in the Department of Development Services has announced the release of the 2014 – 2015 Business Development Grants for Artists and the Creative Industry. Designed to build jobs through the creative economy, the grants offer Hartford-based artists and small businesses more than $100,000 funded by federal Community Development Block Grants (CDBG). The City’s MECA Division will be accepting proposals through to Friday, May 9, 2014.


Individual grants of up to $10,000 are administered by the City of Hartford, and may be used for business-related operational costs and equipment purchases. These grants are targeted to individuals and businesses that create, promote or distribute the arts, with the goal of creating jobs as Hartford-based artists expand their capacity to produce new work, improve marketing strategies, and grow their businesses.

Hartford’s investment in the local art community has been a powerful economic driver. In 2013, each dollar invested through the Arts and Heritage Jobs Grant brought in $13.18 in audience spending. Since its inception in 2009, the program has become a nationally recognized model for using the arts to stimulate local economy, and create short- and long-term job opportunities.

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For immediate release, March 26, 2014

Media Contact:
Kristina Newman-Scott
860-757-9016
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Grant Inquiries:
Andres Chaparro
860-757-4895
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