(June 18, 2015) As of Friday, June 19, 2015, Mayor Pedro E. Segarra will join mayors of cities from across the country for the U.S. Conference of Mayors 83rd Annual Meeting. Mayor Segarra will participate in a Mayors and Police Chiefs Task Force to discuss implementing recommendations from the 21st Century Policing report released by the White House, he will co-chair a meeting of the Immigration Reform Task Force, he will take part in the Jobs, Education and Workforce Committee meeting where U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Tom Perez will speak and he will participate in a My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) meeting where Mayor Segarra will outline Hartford’s efforts in establishing the program. Mayor Segarra will brief Jerry Abramson, Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, on Hartford’s priorities during a one-on-one meeting; will speak to representatives from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development about Hartford’s housing priorities; and will discuss income inequality with the Cities of Opportunity Task Force.
(June 18, 2015) The City of Hartford and the Department of Health and Human Services invite Hartford families to the Second Annual Kids Fest at City Hall on Thursday, June 25, 2015 to celebrate 30 years of the Maternal and Infant Outreach Program, a free case management and home visitation program with the goal of reducing infant mortality and low birth weight rates in the City.
The event will feature community providers, face painting, balloon art, a bounce house, a petting zoo, along with many more activities.
For more information contact Lourdes Burgos at (860)757-4808.
(June 16, 2015) – The City of Hartford is pleased to announce that 12 artists and business owners from Hartford were the recipients of $100,000 in funds from the 2015 Business Development Grant for Artists & the Creative Industry. The winners are:
“We are honored and humbled for the opportunity to continue our vision with the support of the city. It is such a beautiful feeling knowing that Hartford recognizes the need for women to have a place where they can collaborate, learn and express themselves through the art of beauty. It is our commitment to serve and meet the needs of women by teaching them how to express their inner beauty on an external level,” Andrea Cortez, founder of Tainted and co-founder, Dimari Flores said.
Tainted offers makeup application, private classes and other beauty services. The grant will help the business expand its studio in order to service more women at one time and boost the quality and professional grade of makeup products.
The Business Development Grant for Artists & the Creative Industry is funded through a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and is meant to support Hartford based artists and microenterprise businesses.
(June 16, 2015) City Council President Shawn T. Wooden welcomed Juan Hernandez this week to City Hall as the new Executive Assistant to the Council President, a position he started on Monday, June 15, 2015. Juan has a wide range of responsibilities to lead the operations for the City Council President’s office, including managing legislative affairs, constituent services, scheduling, and community engagement. These responsibilities will fit his special interests in policy design and implementation, education law and policy, social justice and community development.
Juan completed his Master of Arts in Public Policy this year from Trinity College, where he was most recently employed as a Graduate Assistant in the Office of Multicultural Affairs. In this capacity, he managed programming for Black History Month and Hispanic Heritage Week, helped to supervise Promoting Respect for Inclusive Diversity in Education (PRIDE), and assisted in planning and leading staff training.
He also attended Trinity as an undergraduate on a full-tuition leadership scholarship from the Posse Foundation, an organization that helps high school students with extraordinary academic and leadership potential access college. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History in 2013.
“Juan is an impressive individual with a bright future in government. I am excited that he will be joining us and look forward to utilizing his talents to serve the City,” said Council President Wooden.