(July 14, 2015) Today, during the 50th anniversary celebration of AmeriCorps VISTA, Mayor Pedro E. Segarra announced the launch of the North Hartford Promise Zone AmeriCorps VISTA project to assist in achieving the goals of the newly-designated North Hartford Promise Zone, including improving the quality of life for residents through increased economic activity, improved educational opportunities, reduction of serious and violent crimes, improved health and wellness, job creation, and improved home ownership and rental housing assistance programs.
“The North Hartford Promise Zone will be strengthened by the addition of five AmeriCorps VISTA members who will help achieve Promise Zone goals in job creation, affordable housing, crime reduction, economic development, education, health and wellness for North Hartford,” said Mayor Segarra.
Hartford was awarded a Promise Zone designation for North Hartford – a 3.11 square-mile area encompassing the Clay Arsenal, Northeast and Upper Albany neighborhoods – making Hartford the first City in New England to have been selected as a Promise Zone community by the Obama Administration. The Promise Zone is a White House initiative designed to support high need, high capacity communities across the country with implementing neighborhood revitalization strategies focused on job creation, increased access to quality, affordable housing, expanded educational opportunities, improved public safety and improved health outcomes.
AmeriCorps VISTA, a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, helps build the capacity of nonprofit organizations, addresses underlying causes of poverty, and engages the local community in developing sustainable solutions to end poverty. Hartford was the first city in the country to place VISTA members, who arrived in February 1965 to spend a year improving the lives of some of the poorest residents of Connecticut’s capital city. Today, AmeriCorps VISTA engages nearly 8,000 members nationwide in service at more than 1,000 projects. In Connecticut, more than 60 AmeriCorps VISTA members are currently serving at 45 sites.
“Hartford has so many great summer venues, events and activities to offer residents of all ages. This contest is a great way to capture summer in the City and I encourage all residents to participate,” said Mayor Pedro E. Segarra.
The Hartford Summer Instagram Challenge is open to all Hartford residents with no age restrictions. For more information about the contest and prizes, visit: http://bit.ly/1HqbGl1
Everyone Is Invited To A
PUBLIC INFORMATION MEETING
Project No. 63-699
Rehabilitation of Bridge Nos. 03160A, B, C, D, 03301 and 03303
I-84 over Amtrak and Local Roads
TO BE HELD
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
At 7:00 p.m. at the
Greater Hartford Transit District
Multi-Purpose Conference Room
1st Floor North
1 Union Place
Hartford, CT 06103
Resident, business owners, commuters, and other interested individuals are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to learn about and discuss the proposed project.
PLEASE JOIN US ON
WEDNESDAY, JULY 22, 2015
STATE OF CONNECTICUT
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Location is ADA accessible. If languege assistance is needed, please contact the Department of Transportation's Office of Communications at (860) 594 - 3062.
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(July 10, 2015) Today, Mayor Pedro E. Segarra was joined by members of the North East Revitalization Association, the Blue Hills Neighborhood Revitalization Zone (NRZ), the Upper Albany NRZ and Friends of Keney Park at a ceremonial ribbon-cutting for a newly-installed sidewalk on the north side of Tower Avenue. The sidewalk was installed in the winter and spring on a 3,000-foot stretch of road between Barbour Street and Mayfair Road that previously did not have a sidewalk. The City invested $380,000 in the project.
“Tower Avenue is a busy street and the new sidewalk makes it more accessible to pedestrians walking through Keney Park,” said Mayor Segarra. “I want to thank all the community groups who advocated for and supported this project. This is an example of what can happen when the community and the City come together to make change.”
“This new sidewalk is not just about safety, it is also about promoting the beauty of the park inside and out,” said Henry Hester, Vice President of Friends of Keney Park.
"There are very few things more important to our seniors than public safety and this new walkway has addressed one of them. I am very thankful that Mayor Segarra signed off on this project to be completed because we love our seniors and want them to be safe,” said Evelyn R. Richardson, representing the North East Revitalization Association.
“Public Safety has always been a passion of mine and I am happy that Mayor Segarra has listened to the community, especially the seniors, by completing the sidewalk on Tower Avenue,” said Donna Thompson-Daniel of the Blue Hills NRZ.