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HARTFORD PURSUING DEVELOPMENT OF PARCELS SURROUNDING DUNKIN’ DONUTS PARK

HARTFORD PURSUING DEVELOPMENT OF PARCELS SURROUNDING DUNKIN’ DONUTS PARK

HARTFORD, CONN (July 18, 2018) – Today Mayor Luke Bronin and City Council President Glendowlyn L.H. Thames announced that the City of Hartford is pursuing the development of land surrounding Dunkin’ Donuts Park with RMS Companies of Stamford, Connecticut.  No development deal has been agreed to and there will be substantial discussion with the City Council as well as with the public as the process moves forward.  In November of 2017, the City issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for city-owned properties around Dunkin’ Donuts Park.  In March of 2018, the RFP window closed, and RMS Companies was the sole bidder.  Over the last several months the City reviewed the proposal from RMS Companies. 

“After the RFP process, the city began discussions with RMS Companies about the future of parcels around Dunkin’ Donuts Park,” said Mayor Bronin.  “RMS has a sound reputation, a strong track record, and a serious plan for development, and our discussions thus far have been productive and positive.  We will continue to do our due diligence and work to negotiate a responsible agreement for the development of these key parcels, and we look forward to involving the community directly as the process continues.”

“There is real community and economic development momentum building in our city driven by the private market and I am encouraged by RMS Companies’ plan to develop the Downtown North area and see the vision through,” said Council President Thames.  “I look forward to working with my Council colleagues and the Mayor toward a deal that is a win-win for Hartford.”

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HARTFORD WINS $25,000 GRANT TO REMEDIATE BLIGHT IN FROG HOLLOW

HARTFORD WINS $25,000 GRANT TO REMEDIATE BLIGHT IN FROG HOLLOW

HARTFORD, CONN (July 17, 2018) –Yesterday Cities of Service announced Hartford as a winner of its Cities of Service City Hall AmeriCorps VISTA Love Your Block competition.  Love Your Block enables local governments to engage residents in neighborhood revitalization efforts benefiting low-income communities.  Hartford will receive $25,000 to be used for mini-grants and resources to support the efforts of citizen groups and local nonprofits to prevent or eliminate property blight through home repairs, lot transformations, and community clean-ups in the Frog Hollow neighborhood.  In addition, two AmeriCorps VISTA members will be working with the city’s Blight Remediation Team to support Love Your Block projects in Frog Hollow.

This year’s Love Your Block competition was targeted specifically to “legacy cities” — older, industrial cities that have faced substantial population loss.  The winning cities were selected based on potential for impact and clarity of vision for their proposed projects.

“Arecent studyfrom the Urban Institute has shown us that the impact of Love Your Block goes beyond cleaning up neighborhoods and creating more park space,” said Cities of Service Executive Director Myung J. Lee.  “It is also bringing neighbors together and strengthening communities. We are excited to help Hartford revitalize neighborhoods and build trust between city hall and residents as part of these efforts.”

The Urban Institute study found that the connection that Love Your Block forges between city leaders and citizens at the neighborhood level can be an essential catalyst for collective action by neighborhood residents.  This connection between city officials and citizens boosts the social capital exercised by citizens who plan and implement Love Your Block projects and strengthens social cohesion.  Love Your Block volunteers believe their efforts also positively influence public safety and community ownership of public spaces.

“Over the last year and a half, we’ve taken a systematic approach to fighting blight around Hartford, and this grant will help us accelerate that work in the Frog Hollow neighborhood,” said Mayor Luke Bronin.  “We’re grateful to Cities of Service for their support and for choosing Hartford for the Love Your Block program.”

Since 2009, Cities of Service has helped dozens of cities implement Love Your Block.  More than 10,000 volunteers have been engaged to remove over 480,000 pounds of trash, clean up nearly 600 lots, and create more than 180 art displays, in addition to numerous other community projects.

Using the Cities of Service Love Your Block blueprint, city leaders will engage citizen volunteers and local nonprofits in co-creating solutions to urban blight.  Cities of Service will provide expert technical assistance to winning cities for two years.  Cities of Service City Hall AmeriCorps VISTA Love Your Block is made possible with support from Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).

The other winning cities are: Buffalo, New York; Gary, Indiana; Hamilton, Ohio; Huntington, West Virginia; Lancaster, Pennsylvania; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Newark, New Jersey; Richmond, Virginia; and South Bend, Indiana.

About Cities of Service

Cities of Service is an independent nonprofit organization that helps mayors and city leaders tap the knowledge, creativity, and service of citizens to solve public problems and create vibrant cities.  We work with cities to build city-led, citizen-powered initiatives that target specific needs, achieve long-term and measurable outcomes, improve the quality of life for residents, and build stronger cities.  Founded in 2009 by New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Cities of Service supports a coalition of more than 250 cities, representing more than 73 million people across the Americas and Europe.  Visit us atcitiesofservice.orgor follow us on Twitter @citiesofservice.

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HARTFORD INSURERS MAKE $10 MILLION PAYMENT AS PART OF CITY'S FISCAL RECOVERY

HARTFORD INSURERS MAKE $10 MILLION PAYMENT AS PART OF CITY'S FISCAL RECOVERY

 

HARTFORD, CONN (July 9, 2018)– Today Mayor Luke Bronin, Alan D.Schnitzer, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Travelers, Christopher J. Swift, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Hartford Financial Service Group, and Mark T.Bertolini, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Aetna, announced that Hartford's three major insurers have made a combined payment of $10 million toward the City of Hartford’s 2018-2019 Fiscal Year budget.

This funding was built into the budget already adopted by the city. In March of 2017, the three companies pledged $10 million a year for five years to support the Hartford Public Library, city law enforcement, and recreation. The initial $10 million recently provided by the three companies covers the first year of the commitment, with support in subsequentyearscontingent on continued fiscal discipline and progress consistent with the plan for fiscal sustainability.

"Last year, Travelers, The Hartford, and Aetna and made a strong and generous commitment to the future of our Capital City, pledging $10 million per year for five years as part of a comprehensive response to Hartford's fiscal crisis,” said Mayor Bronin. “Along with deep cuts to municipal spending, big contributions by our labor unions, and a new partnership with the State of Connecticut, the commitment of these three companies allows us to project fiscal stability for the next five years.  We nowhave touse that period of stability to focus on growth and true long-term sustainability for our Capital City.  Travelers, The Hartford, and Aetna contribute a great deal to Hartford already, and I am deeply grateful to the leadership of each company for their generosity – and even more importantly, for their belief in Hartford's future."

"Travelers has been proud to call Hartford home for more than 160 years," said AlanSchnitzer, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Travelers. "We are committed to doing our part to support the community that does so much to support our company and employees. We applaud the efforts made by Mayor Bronin and state leaders to stabilize Hartford's finances for the time being, and we'll continue to work with them towards a long-term, comprehensive, and sustainable financial solution to the city's economic challenges."

"We are committed to being part of a comprehensive and sustainable plan to address the city's financial challenges and believe that supporting the city and MayorBronin'sstrategy is the right thing for The Hartford to do," said The Hartford's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Christopher Swift. "The Mayor has achieved very positive progress through a broad and balanced set of actions. We recognize that completing a comprehensive and sustainable plan to ensure the city's fiscal health will take additional time and work. We are confident in the city's ability to find a long-term solution, and we will remain in close contact with the Mayor and will continue to monitor and evaluate progress on the long-term solution."

"Aetna has been committed to the City of Hartford for 165 years," said MarkBertolini, Aetna Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "We are continuing this commitment and making good on our promise to support the city, providing the first year of the five-year funding commitment. We hope that this support will help make Hartford a more vibrant community forall ofits residents, including our employees. We appreciate the efforts made by Mayor Bronin, in cooperation with the state government, to stabilize Hartford's finances. We will monitor and evaluate the progress being made toward a comprehensive and sustainable financial solution on an annual basis, and will continue to work with the mayor to support these efforts."

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