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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
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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
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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

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Grant Inquiries:
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Mayor Segarra Announces Selection of Chief Operating Officer

(March 19, 2014) Today, Mayor Segarra announced the selection of Mr. Darrell Hill as Chief Operating Officer for the City of Hartford.

Most recently Mr. Hill served as Assistant City Manager for the City of Norfolk, Virginia where he was directly responsible for the executive management of several departments including, Development; General Services; Recreation, Parks & Open Space; Human Services; the Community Services Board (Mental Health and Substance Abuse) and the Office to End Homelessness. Mr. Hill joined the City of Norfolk in 2009 when he served as Director of Finance & Business Services managing the city’s $1.2 billion financial operation. He has significant private sector experience and a background in finance. Mr. Hill began his career in public service in 2006 as the Executive Director of the Virginia Resources Authority, the state’s pooled credit agency for local governments, overseeing a debt portfolio of over $1 billion as an appointee of then Governor, now U.S. Senator Mark Warner.

In addition to a long-standing commitment to community service, Hill is a member of the Governmental Finance Officers Association (GFOA), the National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA) and a graduate of Hampton University.

“Darrell is uniquely qualified because of his strong background in public finance, economic development/redevelopment and his knowledge of the specific challenges that come with managing an urban area,” commented Mayor Segarra. “He is smart and known as a straight shooter. I look forward to having him on my team.”

“It is clear that Hartford is poised for tremendous growth and development due to its physical assets, rich culture and historic sites. Everyone I have met is extremely knowledgeable, passionate and I am eager to be immersed in the energy of the City. I am grateful for the Mayor’s support and look forward to rolling up my sleeves, working with City Council, residents and the business community to drive Hartford into the future.”

The appointment requires City Council approval and will be on the Agenda for their March 24 meeting.

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For Immediate Release: March 19, 2014
Contact: Maribel La Luz
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