(January 12, 2015) Today, Mayor Pedro E. Segarra applauded USA Cycling’s decision to hold the 2017 Cyclo-cross National Championships in the City of Hartford.
“I am thrilled that USA Cycling has recognized Hartford as a destination for this popular, national sporting event, one of several drawn to Hartford this year and in the coming years,” Mayor Segarra said. “An event like this will shine a light on the many things Hartford has to offer, as well as the City’s legacy of bicycle manufacturing. I want to thank the Connecticut Cycling Advancement Program, Riverfront Recapture and the Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau for pulling together to make this happen.”
The CCAP mission is to better the lives of youth and young adults through the sport of cycling. Their goal is to provide opportunities in cycling both in and out of schools, through high school cycling clubs, parks and recreation programs, and youth travel teams. The 2017 USA Cyclo-cross National Championships are to take place in January 2017 at Riverside Park. It is one of several national sporting events taking place in the capital city, including the American Athletic Conference Championships happening in March at the XL Center and the 2016 USA Gymnastics Championships.
Contact: Hilda Muñoz
(January 12, 2015) Today, Mayor Pedro E. Segarra joined James Morton, CEO of the YMCA, Patricia Kelly CEO of the Ebony Horsewomen, Reverend Henry Brown and Police Chief James C. Rovella to release the City’s 2014 year end crime stats, which show a steady reduction in crime in Hartford, particularly violent crime, when compared to previous years. Certain parts of the city particularly in the North Policing District that includes Clay Arsenal, North Meadows, North East, Blue Hills and Upper Albany showed steep declines.
“Maintaining a safe city takes leadership, collaboration, innovation and resources. Access to resources is a constant challenge, but this hasn’t deterred us from achieving results. In 2014, homicide was down by 17 percent compared to the previous year and 30 percent since 2011. All serious crime, especially gun violence, was significantly down in the capital city. I credit this accomplishment to our focus and to collaboration between the city, the police department and the community. I’m proud of our work together,” Mayor Segarra said.
“Certainly, the city and the police department’s efforts are to be commended, as well as community based organizations that have been doing a better job of reaching out to young people, keeping them occupied and giving them hope. This has been an all-hands-on-deck situation with everybody working to make the City of Hartford a safer community for all of us,” said James Morton, President and CEO at the YMCA of Greater Hartford.
Contact: Hilda Muñoz
(January 8, 2015) Today, Mayor Pedro E. Segarra announced the soft launch of the “Hello Parkville” campaign promoting businesses, restaurants and events in the Parkville neighborhood. Part of a larger business and community development strategy and funded by a Community Development Block Grant, the campaign includes a new app for iPhones and Androids, the use of colorful banners and new smart phone technology known as beacons. In addition to restaurants and retail, the app will list events, entertainment and a “Deal of the Day,” a daily discount to local stores and restaurants.
“The diversity of our city, where 68 languages are spoken, is visible in Parkville and is part of what makes Hartford special, said Mayor Segarra. “From pizza to Brazilian food to hand-stitched shoes to art exhibits, Parkville has a lot concentrated in one area that you don’t often come across in our state. The idea is to make it easier for people to discover our neighborhoods, support our local businesses, and enjoy more of what the capital city has to offer.”
The campaign includes new smartphone technology, or beacons, that detect when smartphones are nearby in order to send push notifications to phones that have downloaded the app. The city will manage 30 beacons and 70 will be given to those who purchase banners. For $250 business owners, and nonprofits can have their names printed on a banner and use of a beacon for a year. Banners will be hung along the neighborhood’s major arteries starting in January and will remain year round through the lifespan of the banner. One hundred beacons will be deployed around Parkville by the end of January.
A demonstration of the new beacon technology will take place, tomorrow, Friday, January 9, 2014 at 5 p.m. at Real Artways, 56 Arbor Street. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact: Stephen Cole at (860) 757-9071.
“Using the beacons and the app, small businesses can receive and transmit messages, deals, limited-time offers in real-time to their customers,” said Thomas Deller, Director of Development Services.
The Hello Parkville app is still in development stages but will grow as users increase. It can be downloaded on iTunes and Google Play. For more information, click here.
The city is considering ways to implement a similar program in other neighborhoods.
Contact: Hilda Muñoz
To participate Hello Parkville:
Contact: Stephen Cole
p. 860 -757-9071
(December 15, 2014) Today, Mayor Pedro E. Segarra announced that the City of Hartford has accepted the My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge, an initiative by President Barack Obama that calls for community members, including local government leaders, businesses and charities, to help steer young minority males to colleges, universities and towards long-term careers.
“It is vital for us to address the challenges that some of our young men face and to break down any barriers keeping them from achieving success,” Segarra said. “Investing in the futures of our young men of color, is an economic necessity critical to maintaining a competitive workforce.”
Of the six major issues identified by the My Brother’s Keeper initiative, as challenges to adolescent minority males, the City of Hartford will focus on two: ensuring all youth out of school are employed and ensuring all youth remain safe from violent crime.
Mayor Segarra named Councilman Kyle Anderson as the program’s point person.
“I would like to thank Mayor Pedro Segarra for his confidence in me and appointing me to lead this life changing project for so many,” Councilman Anderson said. “Being an African American male myself and currently the father of three children, two of whom are boys in the target range, this is both a deeply personal and professional issue. As elected leaders we should engage other stake holders to come up with recommendations and sustainable strategies to make sure these young men have the support they need to become responsible contributing members of society."
A summit was held recently where representatives from Hartford Public Schools, the board of education, the Hartford Police Department, St. Francis Hospital, It’s a Gee Thang Barber and Beauty Salon, Office of State Representative McGee, Office of State Representative McCrory, the Board of Education, Hartford Public Schools, Hartford Police Department, Wilson Gray YMCA, Phillips Metropolitan CME Church, Greater Hartford NAACP, Hartford Community that Cares, Mother’s United Against Violence, It’s a Gee Thang Barber and Beauty Salon, Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, 5th Assembly District Town Committee, Northeast NRZ, along with other community stakeholders to determine priorities and set goals. In the coming months, the group will review existing policies, programs and practices in order to produce recommendations.