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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
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Tuesday: Mayor Segarra Participates in CareCentrix Ceremony

(March 17, 2014) On Tuesday afternoon, Mayor Pedro E. Segarra will join Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) Commissioner Catherine Smith and CEO John Driscoll for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at CareCentrix headquarters in Downtown Hartford. CareCentrix is expanding their office space in Hartford to prepare for the hiring of new employees. 

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WHO: Mayor Segarra, DECD Commissioner Catherine Smith, Jim Driscoll, CEO of CareCentrix
WHAT: Ribbon cutting ceremony for expansion of CareCentrix
WHEN: Tuesday, March 18 2014 at 1:00pm
WHERE: CareCentrix; 20 Church Street, 12th Floor, Hartford

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For Immediate Release: March 17, 2014
Contact: Maribel La Luz
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City of Hartford Launches Economic Development Competition to Spur Job Growth

(March 12, 2014)  Today, Mayor Pedro E. Segarra announced the launch of Strong Cities, Strong Communities (SC2) at the Colt Gateway. SC2 Hartford is a two-phased competition that offers cash prizes—totaling $900,000—to encourage teams to create economic development plans for the city.

 

The overarching goals of SC2 Hartford are to position Hartford as the city where entrepreneurs start and grow companies, and to capture ideas that spur job growth and drive urban revitalization. Hartford is one of only three cities to win this highly competitive grant from the Obama Administration; Greensboro, NC and Las Vegas, NV are the other honorees.

“Hartford has an incredible community of entrepreneurs who are pushing the envelope on ideas, innovation and product design,” said Mayor Segarra. “City government must feed innovation, and this is a tremendous opportunity to promote new ideas and focus that creative energy on developing Hartford into one of the Best Capital Cities in America.”

Participants must register by July 24, 2014 for the two-phased competition. Proposals, due September 22, will be reviewed by a panel of community leaders who will award cash prizes of $60,000, $30,000 and $10,000 to the top three proposals. These three teams, and other selected finalists will advance to Phase II, where they will further develop their proposals into detailed, actionable plans. Six cash prizes totaling $800,000, including a top prize of $500,000, will be awarded to the winning plans. 

Additional community outreach events will be announced. The first one is scheduled for Tuesday, March 25 at 5:00pm at Colt Gateway. For more information or to begin registering a team, go to:http://sc2hartford.com or download here:  http://www.hartford.gov/images/mayors/sc2_press_kit.pdf.

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For Immediate Release: March 12, 2014

Contact: Maribel La Luz

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Mayor Segarra: Restoration of Goodwin and Keney Park Golf Courses Fully Underway

(March 12, 2014)  Today, Mayor Pedro E. Segarra announced that the Goodwin Park Golf Course would be open and ready for play by spring of this year. On February 24th, the City of Hartford authorized a contract with the Connecticut Chapter of the Professional Golf Association (CT PGA) to manage operation and maintenance of the course.

The Knox Parks Foundation (KNOX), a Hartford non-profit focused on fostering civic engagement through horticulture, will also play a major role in the restoration, including securing a local workforce.

“Delivering the services Hartford residents expect and deserve is critical to us becoming one of America’s Best Capital Cities,” said Mayor Segarra. “Restoring these golf courses is a step in that direction and I’m pleased to be working with experts like the CT PGA to make sure best practices are followed every step of the way. Our parks serve the region however, whenever possible, major projects should be leveraged for the direct benefit of Hartford residents which is why KNOX’s involvement is so important.”

“We have a contract drafted and we’re ready to go,” said Superintendent of Public Works Director Tom Baptist. “CT PGA will help direct KNOX work on the course, and oversee the day-to-day work of running the facility. These efforts, as well as substantial work on the trees of the parks, are part of Mayor Segarra’s comprehensive plan to improve the attractiveness of the City’s parks, increase their use by City residents, and enhance their ecological value.”

“As the Municipal Golf Course Consultant, the Connecticut Section PGA will be serving as the Director of Golf Operations for the City of Hartford in 2014,” said Tom Hantke, executive director for the PGA section. “It is our objective and mission to provide a scope of golf services in both scale and standard that will be representative of our partnership with the City.”

Mayor Segarra also released details on continuing work at Hartford’s other City-owned golf course at Keney Park. The City has partnered with Dusenberry Design, Inc., to create a draft repair and restoration master plan, and has filed permits with the City and neighboring Windsor, CT, to begin work. Leonardo Rodriguez Cross, of Bridgeport’s Rodriguez Associates, has been hired to design structural repairs for the clubhouse, maintenance facility and cart barn.

Keney Park as a whole is currently undergoing substantial maintenance work, including tree removal, underbrush clearing and trash pickup. The efforts, along with work on the golf facilities, will continue throughout 2014, with the course scheduled to open for play by spring of 2015.

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For Immediate Release: March 12, 2014

Contact: Maribel La Luz

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