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(June 3, 2015) City Councilman Larry Deutsch and representatives from local and regional organizations, including the North Central Regional Mental Health Board, invite Hartford residents to a community conversation on mental health on June 10, 2015 at the Alfred E. Burr Community School. The event, part of a national initiative started in 2013, is meant to raise awareness about mental health issues, reduce the shame and secrecy associated with mental illness, find community-based solutions to mental health needs and help communities develop steps to address mental health needs.

“Many times people don’t get the help they need and this has to change. We want to help residents get the proper training to recognize and assist when someone in their neighborhood is having a mental health crisis or continuing issues. This is important for our community and our families,” said Councilman Deutsch.

For more information contact Shelly Jackson at (860)757-9560.


WHO: Councilman Deutsch, representatives from local and regional mental health agencies

WHAT: Community conversation on mental health

WHEN: Wednesday, June 10, 2015; 6:00 p.m.

WHERE: Alfred E. Burr Elementary School; 400 Wethersfield Avenue, Hartford


The Capital City’s Rally for Peace & Progress

Mayor Pedro E. Segarra & City Council Cordially Invite Everyone to Join Parents, Hartford Public Schools, Hartford Communities That Care, Mothers United Against Violence, Urban League Greater Hartford, Community Solutions, Peacebuilders, Southside Institutions Neighborhood Alliance, Hartford2000, Spanish American Merchants Association, Hartford Police Department, Hartford Fire Department, Members of Hartford Clergy and Community For


“The Capital City’s Rally for Peace & Progress”


Wednesday, June 3, 2015

John C. Clark Elementary School Playground

Corner of Barbour Street and Nelson Street

Hartford, CT

4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Attendees are Encouraged to Wear Orange. Pins will be Provided First Come First Serve.

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(May 29, 2015)Today, Mayor Pedro E. Segarra was joined by U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Jay Williams, U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal, U.S. Senator Chris Murphy and U.S. Congressman John Larson to announce the six winners of the Strong Cities, Strong Communities (SC2) Hartford Challenge, a contest funded by the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) to spur creative economic development strategies that grow business. A grand prize of $500,000 was awarded to Hartford Health Works for plans to create an FDA-approved, ISO-certified medical device prototyping and manufacturing plant in North Hartford and to implement targeted programs to improve access to expertise, capital and markets. Hartford Health Works’ goal is to bring manufacturing back to Hartford and create long-term, well-paying careers for residents.

“I applaud all the teams who participated in this challenge and brought provocative game-changing ideas to the table. It’s not easy to start or grow a business. It’s not easy to bring a new idea to market or disrupt the status quo. We are rewarding your courage, your hard work and your vision, which will help us move Hartford forward,” said Mayor Segarra. “We look forward to working with our winning teams to implement their strategies. We look forward to using the lessons learned from SC2 to enhance Hartford’s reputation as a great city for entrepreneurs.”

Director of Development Services Thomas E. Deller said, “The City of Hartford and the EDA will jointly own not one, but six winning economic development plans that may be implemented both in Hartford and in other cities around the country. It is a unique approach with a big yield, and in line with Development Services’ mission to create a vibrant, livable and sustainable Hartford.”

“Health care is a complex industry. You need specialized expertise and equipment to develop products and services for this industry and we’re going to bring those resources here to Hartford. This is a decade-long project that we’re undertaking, but there are educational programs that we’ll have up and running within a year. We think we will be able to bring a manufacturing company to Hartford and that means real jobs,” said Mark Borton, team leader at Hartford Health Works and a founder of Rising-Tide Health Care. Other partners in the team include Beacon, a medical device trade association, and Movia Robotics.

The remaining winners are:

  • Made-at-Swift, second place with a $100,000 cash award for a plan to reuse the Swift Factory as an economic anchor for the northeast neighborhood and the City of Hartford through food and entrepreneurship.
  • Entrepreneurship Foundation, third place with a $75,000 cash award for a program to help Hartford residents open new businesses, thereby creating wealth and jobs for themselves and their neighbors.
  • It’s All Here, fourth place with a $50,000 cash award for an asset based economic development model which will build wealth and raise incomes in all of Hartford’s neighborhoods by giving access and visibility to new markets and service providers using an interactive website, a multilingual call center, physical market locations and turnkey digital street signage.
  • Hartford Rocks, fifth place with a $50,000 cash award for low cost interventions that promote economic development, foster social interactions and support changing transportation dynamics including, open streets with popup markets, food trucks, a bike share system and microloans to grow small business.
  • Team FotoFiction, sixth place with a $25,000 cash award for a plan to create an urban community where people live, work, dine and shop in a dynamic, trend-setting environment constructed entirely of modified shipping containers. 

Phase I of the SC2 Hartford Challenge officially kicked off in February of 2014. It began with a call for multi-disciplinary teams to form and develop proposals for a transformative economic development strategy for the City of Hartford—one that would establish Hartford as the city where entrepreneurs come to start and grow their businesses. Of the 58 teams who participated, 25 submitted qualified proposals. A panel of community leaders reviewed the proposals and the top three teams shared $100,000 of grant funded prize money from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA). The top 10 teams were invited to participate in Phase II of the SC2 Hartford Challenge to develop full-blown economic development plans for the City of Hartford, which they submitted on April 20, 2015.



(May 28, 2015) Mayor Pedro E. Segarra, City Council President Shawn T. Wooden and the Hartford City Council today announced that they have agreed to a $533.8 million budget for Fiscal Year 2016 that includes no mill rate increase, no reduction in essential city services and no reduction in education funding. Mayor Segarra and the Council worked collaboratively to close a more than $40 million budget gap and to continue to fund top priorities in public safety, economic development and infrastructure improvements to streets and sidewalks. 

“We have worked hard to produce a fiscally prudent budget that doesn’t burden taxpayers and protects community safety, public education, job growth, economic development and quality of life for our residents,” said Mayor Segarra. “This budget reflects what we feel are responsible answers to tough decisions that impact the day-to-day lives of residents, including our most vulnerable residents, while protecting our future.”

Council President Wooden said, “Every year we have a really hard budget to produce and extremely difficult choices to make. The Council has been steadfast in avoiding a mill rate increase while maintaining the quality of services to the community. I’m proud that we’ve achieved these goals while incorporating important Council priorities in this budget.”

The FY2016 budget, which takes effect on July 1, funds several important initiatives, including:

  • ·$250,000 for the North Hartford Promise Zone, a federal designation to help create jobs, increase economic activity, improve educational opportunities, reduce violent crime and improve health outcomes.
  • ·$150,000 for My Brother’s Keeper, an initiative by President Barack Obama that calls for community members, local government leaders, businesses and charities to help steer young minority males toward colleges, universities and long-term careers.
  • ·$90,000 for a citywide youth athletics program to be administered jointly by the City and Hartford Public Schools.
  • ·$9 million over 5 years in the Capital Improvement Budget for police body cameras, stun guns, patrol car cameras and street surveillance cameras.

To help balance the budget for FY2016, the City will restructure certain existing debt obligations, use a portion of its health benefits fund balance, and reduce departmental expenses by over $10 million. A portion of the City’s health benefits fund balance will be used to fund $19.3 million of the Board of Education’s Other Post-Employment Benefits (OPEB) future liability. The adoption of a balanced budget is the most significant annual policy action for any level of government.

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