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iConnect Storefront Revitalization Program Kicks Off in Downtown Hartford

(October 9, 2013) - On Friday, October 11 the City of Hartford will host the grand opening of its storefront revitalization program, iConnect, in Downtown Hartford. Along with the opening of Hartford Prints! first retail store, Naturally Dogs and Cats will be showcasing and selling some of their products, WNPR's Catie Talarski will host *The Ear Cave* along with a silent auction of John Lennon prints curated by National Exhibitions and Archives. There will be a street fashion show by Urban Natured Clothing, pop-up shopping with Hartford Denim, Vaz, Blaze and Bloom, street performers, a light installation by artist Dustin DeMillio of CreateHereNow Light Artists Making Places (L.A.M.P.) and lots more.

WHO: Mayor Segarra, Tamara Dimitri, DECD
WHAT: Grand Opening of iConnect, storefront revitalization program
WHEN: Friday, October 11, 5:00pm – 10:00pm
WHERE: 421/2 Pratt Street and Trumbull Street, Hartford

The iConnect program 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. The City’s Marketing Events and Cultural Affairs Department, who administers the project, received over 40 applications from which a total of 5 businesses were selected. Selected businesses receive up to $2,000 for build-out and set up assistance and free rent in a Downtown storefront for 6 months. iConnect has received commitments from two property owners including Northland Investment Corporation and Lexington Partners for approximately 6,000 square feet of retail space. Hartford Prints!, a letterpress studio owned by three sisters born and raised in Hartford will be located on 42 1/2 Pratt Street. WNPR will broadcast both The Colin McEnroe Show and Where We Live with John Dankosky from their satellite space at 231 Trumbull Street at least once a month. National Exhibitions & Archives and State of Makers stores will open in early winter.

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For Immediate Release: October 9, 2013
Contact: Kristina Newman-Scott
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c. (860) 986-1439
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Thursday: Mayor Segarra Travels to Washington D.C. to Participate in Discussion on President Obama’s Summer Youth Employment Initiative

(September 25, 2013) - Tomorrow, Mayor Pedro E. Segarra will travel to Washington D.C. where he will join President and CEO of Capital Workforce Partners (CWP), Thomas Phillips for a discussion on President Obama’s Youth Jobs+ Champions initiative. This summer, over 1,600 Hartford young people ages 14-18 were hired through CWP’s Summer Youth Employment and Learning Program.

WHO: Mayor Segarra, President and CEO of Capital Workforce Partners, Thomas Phillips
WHAT: Discussion on Youth Jobs+ Champions Initiative
WHEN: Thursday, September 26, 1:30pm – 5:00pm
WHERE: Eisenhower Executive Office Building, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington D.C.

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For Immediate Release: September 25, 2013
Contact: Maribel La Luz
p. (860) 757-9731
c. (860) 539-5485
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Mayor Segarra Announces an $800,000 Surplus for the Close Of Fiscal Year 2012/13; Meets $11 Million Dollar Pension Obligation

(September 23, 2013) – Mayor Segarra and the Office of Management and Budget today announced that the City of Hartford will close its Fiscal Year 2012/13 with a surplus of $803,848 which will be added to the City’s Fund Balance or Rainy Day Fund. Numbers are preliminary and remain subject to review by the external auditors. The city has also made an $11 million payment to the Municipal Employee Retirement Fund (MERF) in response to an “off-budget” agreement between the City and the Pension Fund. The payment covers the entire amount due, fully meeting the City’s obligation to fund the pension for Fiscal Year 2012/13. This represents Hartford’s fourth consecutive year of undesignated General Fund balance growth under the Segarra administration.


The surplus is due in part to continued improvements in overall tax collections, which exceeded the operating budget this year by an estimated $6 million, the result of new approaches and strategies for tax payers to bring their accounts up-to-date.


“It’s becoming increasingly difficult to not raise taxes, remediate multi-million dollar deficits while keeping acceptable or improved level of services for our residents,” said Mayor Segarra. “We’ve continued to increase our Fund Balance and even raised an additional $11 million to meet our pension obligation. It’s tough for cities across the state and the nation and we’ve had to make real sacrifices but I made a commitment to have a balanced budget that would not further burden our tax payers. And that’s what we’ve done.”


The following is a chart demonstrating the annual increase/decrease to the General Fund from Fiscal Year 2005/06 to current.
budget chart


For more information on the FY 2012-2013 Financial Report check here: http://www.hartford.gov/images/budget/FY12-13_financial-transaction-report-memo.pdf



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For Immediate Release: September 23, 2013
Contact: Maribel La Luz
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Tuesday: Mayor Segarra Delivers Keynote Remarks at Greater New England Minority Supplier Development Council Expo; Accepts Small Business Advocate Award

(September 23, 2013) Tomorrow at 12:30pm, Mayor Pedro E. Segarra will deliver keynote remarks at the Greater New England Minority Supplier Development Council Expo at the Connecticut Convention Center. He will also accept the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) & Partner America 'Small Business Advocate of the Year' award.

WHO: Mayor Segarra, Managing Director of USCM Jeffrey Bean
WHAT: Keynote remarks
WHEN: Tuesday, September 24, 12:30pm
WHERE: Connecticut Convention Center, 100 Columbus Avenue, Hartford

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For Immediate Release: September 23, 2013
Contact: Maribel La Luz
p. (860) 757-9731
c. (860) 539-5485
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