"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."
Pedro E. Segarra
(February 26, 2014) – On Thursday, February 27th, at 100 Trumbull St, Mayor Pedro E. Segarra will take part in a grand opening ceremony for Naturally Dogs & Cats, the latest Downtown storefront to open as part of the City's iConnect program.
Naturally Dogs & Cats sells all-natural, US-made, locally sourced pet food and products, and offers an automatic re-order program with delivery to downtown apartments or curbside pick-up. They will also host nutrition and care seminars, weekly social events, and adoption programs through the City of Hartford Animal Shelter and local rescue groups.
"The iConnect program is an example of what Hartford will be like in the future," said Mayor Segarra. "Business owners are very excited to be opening shops in Hartford. This is positive step in bringing more foot traffic to the streets, improving Hartford's economy and encouraging the success of startup entrepreneurs."
iConnect is partially funded through a grant from the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) Office of the Arts for the purpose of converting empty storefronts into mixed use spaces. This program has brought over 3,000 visitors to downtown Hartford for retail and pop up storefront activities.
"The iConnect Program offers great opportunities to entrepreneurs like us who are trying to open their first store," said Bob Marshall, co-owner of Naturally Dogs & Cats. "We are excited to serve the community of pet owners from Hartford and beyond."
"Trumbull on the Park is pleased to be able to provide retail space to spark economic development in the City while providing Hartford residents and visitors with a much needed service," said Maria Lamari, Property Manager.
WHO: Mayor Pedro E. Segarra
WHAT: Naturally Dogs & Cats ribbon-cutting and grand opening
WHERE: 100 Trumbull St, next to Salute
WHEN: Thursday, February 27th, 3:30pm to 8:00pm, (ribbon-cutting at 3:30pm)
For Immediate Release: February 26, 2014
Contact: Kristina Newman-Scott
(February 24, 2014) – The City of Hartford will host a crash course on the basics of zoning at the Hartford Public Library, February 26th at 6pm. Zoning is how the City determines what buildings and businesses can be built in different areas of the city and has a significant impact on how Hartford grows and changes. Over 500 zoning applications are filed each year. Mayor Pedro E. Segarra is encouraging all Hartford residents and businesses to attend Zoning 101, a fun and understandable workshop on the basics of zoning.
“Understanding how zoning works is critical in helping to make Hartford the city we all want it to be”, said Mayor Segarra. “It can protect neighborhood & community character, encourage growing business sectors, or dedicate underused land to new purposes. This workshop is a great first step for residents and businesses that want to know more about the process, and for anyone curious about our future plans for developing our City.”
“This will be a great opportunity for Hartford residents, both renters and homeowners, to learn why zoning is so important,” said Jackie McKinney, Co-Chair of Hartford 2000. Bernadine Silvers, her fellow Hartford 2000 Co-Chair added, “Understanding zoning empowers you to make economic and design changes in your community.”
The workshop will be interactive and includes sketches from HartBeat Ensemble, a Hartford -based award-winning theater company. The City plans to rewrite the zoning regulations over the next two years. Zoning 101 is presented by the City of Hartford’s Department of Development Services, in partnership with Hartford 2000 and the Hartford Public Library.
WHO: City of Hartford Development Services, HartBeat Ensemble
WHAT: Zoning 101, workshop on the basics of zoning
WHEN: Wednesday, February 26, at 6:00pm
WHERE: Hartford Public Library, Downtown Branch, 500 Main Street
For Immediate Release: February 24, 2014
Contact: Maribel La Luz
(February 14, 2014) Hartford Mayor Pedro E. Segarra will present comedian and actor John Leguizamo with the Key to the City at a comedy event to benefit the Burns Latino Studies Academy. The show, “A Night of Comedy With John Leguizamo will be held at the Burns School’s auditorium, and proceeds from the performance will help pay for improvements at the school. Tickets are $60 per person and are only available for purchase at at http://leguizamoatburns.eventbrite.com. Seating is limited to 450, and tickets will not be available at the door.
“It’s great that John Leguizamo has chosen to invest his time in support of Hartford’s youth,” said Mayor Segarra.
The event is being presented in partnership with the COMPASS Youth Collaborative Inc., a not-for-profit child and youth service organization that provides after-school enrichment, academic and recreational programs to Hartford school children.
WHO: Mayor Pedro Segarra, Actor John Leguizamo, COMPASS Youth Collaborative
WHAT: A Night of Comedy With John Leguizamo, Fundraiser for Burns Latino Academy
WHEN: Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 5:00pm
WHERE: Burns Latino Studies Academy, 195 Putnam Street, Hartford
For Immediate Release: February 14, 2014
Contact: Maribel La Luz
(February 23, 2014) On Monday at 9:30am, Mayor Pedro E. Segarra will join United States Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez, United States Senators Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal and Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman for a roundtable discussion with ten local workers on raising the minimum wage.
WHO: Mayor Segarra, U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez, U.S. Senators Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal, Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman
WHAT: Roundtable discussion on raising the minimum wage
WHEN: Monday, February 24, 2014; at 9:30am
WHERE: Hartford Public Library,Downtown Branch, 500 Main Street
For Immediate Release: February 23, 2014
Contact: Maribel La Luz
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(February 13, 2014) As a severe winter storm continues to bear down on the region, Hartford Mayor Pedro E. Segarra is extending the existing snow emergency parking ban until 4pm tomorrow, Friday, February 14th. All Hartford Public Schools will be closed. All City offices, Board of Education Central Offices and City of Hartford Early Learning Centers will open at 10am.
"This storm is not over yet, more snow is expected tomorrow morning,” said Mayor Segarra. “Snow clean-up continues but I want to remind residents not to throw snow back into the streets. The parking ban will remain in effect until 4pm. I urge everyone who has used a school parking lot to make arrangements to move their cars as soon as possible after 4pm tomorrow.”
Mayor Segarra added, “I also want to personally offer a huge thank-you to all the residents who’ve moved their cars and kept off the road today. Hartford Police Traffic Division Supervisors with 18 years’ experience report the streets are as empty as they’ve ever seen for a snow storm. This is a critical help for the DPW crews working to keep roads clear. Special thanks are also in order for the media and to community leaders, who worked to make sure the word got out.”
For Immediate Release: February 13, 2014
Contact: Maribel La Luz
Maribel La Luz
Office of the Mayor
550 Main Street, Room 200
Hartford, CT 06103
8:00am - 5:00pm