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Wednesday: City of Hartford Development Services Hosts Community Event in Bushnell Park for Smarter Cities, Smarter Communities Challenge

(May 13, 2014) In an ongoing effort to recruit and connect team members, the Smarter Cities, Smarter Communities Challenge, SC2 Hartford, will host an outdoor happy hour on Wednesday, May 14th at 5:30pm at "The Spot," located in Bushnell Park. The SC2 Hartford Challenge is an EDA grant-funded opportunity where qualified teams create economic development plans that spur job growth and drive urban revitalization. Cash prizes totaling $900,000 will be awarded to finalists in the two-phased competition.

Attendees will hear from an array of city project and community leaders who are working to make Hartford a more accessible city for entrepreneurs. Featured topics will include results from housing, parking, cooperative workspace and EB5 for foreign investment initiatives, among others. Anyone interested in participating in the challenge is encouraged to attend, learn more and ask questions. Current team members and those looking to join a team are encouraged to mingle and learn from one another. Guests will enjoy live music, a cash bar and a beautiful outdoor venue at Bushnell Park.

SC2 Hartford invites all of the city’s bright minds who aren’t afraid to think big, to register at


WHO: Current and Prospective SC2 Hartford Participants
WHAT: SC2 Hartford Challenge Outdoor Happy Hour
WHEN: Wednesday, May 14, 5:30pm-7:30pm
WHERE: "The Spot," located in Bushnell Park, adjacent to the Pump House at Pulaski Circle. Rain location: In the Pump House


For Immediate Release: May 13, 2014
Contact: Stephen Cole
p. (860) 757-9071
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Friday: Mayor Segarra to Host Lunch Disucssion with Local Business Owners, Attends Restaurant Ribbon-Cutting

(May 8, 2014) Tomorrow, Friday, May 9th from 11:30am-1pm, Hartford Mayor Pedro E. Segarra, and Oz Griebel, President and CEO of the MetroHartford Alliance, will host the annual Access City Hall discussion with local business owners in Council Chambers at City Hall.

Later, at 6pm, Mayor Segarra will attend the ribbon-cutting of Ted's Montana Grill, the latest business to open in the City's Front Street development district.

WHO: Mayor Segarra, MetroHartford Alliance President and CEO Oz Griebel, Management and Budget Director Jose Sanchez, local businesses
WHAT: Access City Hall lunch
WHERE: Council Chambers, City Hall, 550 Main St
WHEN: Friday, May 9, 11:30am-1pm

WHO: Mayor Segarra
WHAT: Ted's Montana Grill ribbon-cutting
WHERE: Ted's Montana Grill, 35 Front Street
WHEN: Friday, May 9, 6pm


For Immediate Release: May 8, 2014
Contact: Maribel La Luz
p. (860) 757-9731
c. (860) 539-5485
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Thursday: Mayor Segarra Kicks Off Community Renewal Team Head Start Parade; Speaks at Sister Cities International Day; Attends Maple Avenue Revitalization Group Meeting

(May 7, 2014) Tomorrow morning, Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra will kick-off of the 6th Annual Community Renewal Team (CRT) Head Start Parade in Bushnell Park. More than 1,300 three-to-five-year-old children, along with their parents, grandparents and siblings will celebrate a successful year and transition to kindergarten.
At 5:30pm, Mayor Segarra will read a proclamation at the Sister Cities International Day reception in City Hall.
Shortly after, Mayor Segarra will attend the monthly meeting of the Maple Avenue Revitalization Group (MARG) in St. Augustine Church.

WHO: Mayor Segarra, CRT, Hartford families
WHAT: Annual Head Start Parade
WHEN: Thursday, May 8, 10:45am, parade begins at 11:30am
WHERE: Bushnell Park, Stage Area, Hartford, CT


WHO: Mayor Segarra
WHAT: Sister City International Day reception
WHEN: Thursday, May 8 at 5:30pm
WHERE: Hartford City Hall, 550 Main Street, Atrium

WHO: Mayor Segarra
WHAT: Monthly MARG meeting
WHEN: Thursday, May 8, meeting starts at 6:00pm, Mayor will arrive at approx. 6:30pm
WHERE: St. Augustine Church, 10 Campfield Avenue, Hartford


For Immediate Release: May 7, 2014
Contact: Maribel La Luz
p. (860) 757-9731
c. (860) 539-5485
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City of Hartford Chosen to Kick Off National 'raise The Caliber' Campaign to End Illegal Gun Violence

(May 7, 2014) The City of Hartford has been selected as the kick off site for "Raise The Caliber" a national advocacy campaign to end to illegal gun violence. Central to the campaign will be the unveiling of a public art piece by internationally renowned artist Michael Kalish. The work, a 60-foot high sculpture created from 2,000lbs of shredded illegal guns bought off the streets through voluntary gun buybacks, will be unveiled in Hartford in July and stay for nine months.

"In cities across the country, gun violence is impacting too many families, and cutting too many lives short. We're doing everything possible to combat that in Hartford and we welcome anyone willing to stand alongside us to help raise awareness of this issue that affects everyone in our community," said Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra.

"This monument is truly the most powerful piece I have ever created and I am really honored to hear about Hartford's enthusiasm for it," said artist Michael Kalish.

Raise The Caliber was founded by CEO of Jewelry for a Cause NYC, Jessica Mindich, and has several partners including, furniture designer Joseph Jeup, women's clothing brand Tibi, and retired Connecticut Police Detective and FBI Task Force Agent, Charles Grady.

"I am humbled and inspired every day by the outpouring of support that we've received from people around the world who are sick and tired of the devastation created by the illegal use of guns," said Jessica Mindich, CEO and founder of Jewelry for a Cause and the Raise The Caliber campaign. "On behalf of all the great people and conscientious brands behind the Raise The Caliber campaign, we deeply appreciate the welcome and support we've received from Mayor Segarra, Police Chief Rovella and the citizens of this great American city. I grew up in Hartford, my father has always worked downtown and both of my parents are very involved in this community. I am honored to be working with all of you to help make illegal gun violence in Connecticut's Capital a thing of the past."

"Having spent my career in Connecticut law enforcement, I have seen firsthand the devastating effect illegal gun violence has on individuals, families and communities," said Charlie Grady, retired Police Detective and FBI Task Force Agent. "Jewelry for a Cause has created an inspiring and effective platform that provides a way for communities, concerned citizens and socially responsible brands to join forces and make our streets safer."

Jewelry for a Cause partners with cities to fund local gun buyback programs through The Caliber Collection, a series of bracelets and cufflinks engraved forged from illegal guns and shell casings. Joseph Jeup and Tibi support the campaign through a Raise The Caliber-branded lighting collection and t-shirts, respectively. Mr. Kalish will create limited edition, small-scale, versions of his sculpture, and the proceeds from all branded pieces will be used to fund public safety initiatives designed to reduce illegal gun violence nationwide.

For more information about Raise The Caliber or to purchase pieces from The Caliber Collection, please visit


For Immediate Release: May 7, 2014
Contact: Kristina Newman-Scott
p. (860) 757.9016
c. (860) 986-1439
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