CITY OF HARTFORD RECOGNIZED AS A LEADER ON SOLAR ENERGY BY THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY
HARTFORD, CONN. (SEPTEMBER 27, 2016) – Today, Mayor Luke Bronin announced that the City of Hartford is being recognized as a national leader by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for solar energy growth and advancement. Connecticut’s capital city is one of only 14 municipalities nationwide to receive a Gold designation from the DOE’s SolSmart program.
“We are thrilled that Hartford is being recognized for our hard work and commitment to increasing solar access for the entire community,” said Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin. “We are excited about the new opportunities for solar expansion this Gold designation may afford us.”
SolSmart, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative, is a national recognition and a no-cost technical assistance program for local governments designed to drive greater solar deployment. The program makes it possible for even more American homes and businesses to access affordable and renewable solar energy to meet their electricity needs. As part of the SolSmart program, all participating communities are eligible to request no-cost technical assistance from a team of national solar experts to help them achieve the designation.
“This designation highlights Hartford’s commitment to clean energy,” said Bryan Garcia, CEO of the Connecticut Green Bank and a member of the City’s Climate Stewardship Council. “We at the Green Bank have been proud to work hand in hand with the City on a variety of solar initiatives, and investors in the solar field should continue to see Hartford as a promising investment opportunity.”
“Making a commitment to solar energy on a municipal level is a huge step for Hartford,” said Commissioner Rob Klee of the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection. “This SolSmart Gold designation will help the City to achieve critical climate goals and to keep up its tremendous momentum in the area of sustainability.”
Several steps have been taken by Mayor Bronin and others to promote clean energy production and development in Hartford. In January 2016, the city’s zoning code was overhauled to allow for solar energy in all zoning districts. In the spring, PosiGen and the Connecticut Green Bank announced that its “Solar for All” program, bringing solar to low-income and moderate-income property owners, would be coming to Hartford. And recently, Hartford’s Court of Common Council passed an ordinance – submitted and signed by Mayor Bronin – that established an Energy Improvement District (EID), helping the city to manage local energy projects. Also, a Climate Stewardship Council was launched to undertake long-range planning for sustainable energy initiatives, including solar.
SolSmart is a national designation and technical support program that recognizes leading solar communities and empowers communities to expand their local solar markets. Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative, SolSmart strives to cut red tape, drive greater solar deployment, and make it possible for even more American homes and businesses to access solar energy to meet their electricity needs. Learn more at SolSmart.org. The SolSmart designation team, led by the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), evaluates communities and awards them points based on the actions they take to reduce soft costs and other barriers to solar. Communities that take sufficient action are designed either gold, silver, or bronze. The SolSmart technical assistance team is led by The Solar Foundation.
About the SunShot Initiative
The U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative is a national collaborative effort that aggressively drives innovation to make solar energy fully cost-competitive with traditional energy sources before the end of the decade. Through SunShot, the Energy Department supports efforts by private companies, universities, and national laboratories to drive down the cost of solar electricity to $0.06 per kilowatt-hour. Learn more at energy.gov/sunshot.
STATEMENT: MAYOR BRONIN ON CITY COUNCIL APPROVING THE REAPPOINTMENT OF POLICE CHIEF ROVELLA
HARTFORD, CONN. (SEPTEMBER 26, 2016) – BACKGROUND: This evening, Hartford’s City Council approved the reappointment of Police Chief James Rovella to a term of up to two years. In response, Mayor Bronin made the following statement:
“Chief Rovella has been a strong and steady leader in challenging times, and he has earned the trust of our community through his commitment to transparency and engagement. Under his leadership, the police force is recruiting and training the next generation of Hartford police officers, while at the same time making significant strides in modernizing policing through smart technology. I’m pleased that the City Council has approved Chief Rovella’s reappointment, and I look forward to continuing to work closely with him.”
MAYOR BRONIN KICKS OFF YOUTH SERVICE CORPS WITH RIVERFRONT CLEANUP
“Today’s announcement is exciting because the single most powerful tool for building a better future for Hartford is to help give Hartford’s young people opportunities for meaningful employment.” – Mayor Luke Bronin
HARTFORD, CONN. (AUGUST 9, 2016) — Today, Mayor Luke Bronin kicked off the first phase of his signature initiative, Hartford’s Youth Service Corps, with a cleanup effort at the riverfront. The first step of Hartford’s Youth Service Corps includes giving two hundred of Hartford’s opportunity youth yearlong, part-time employment with flexible scheduling, and engagement in community service-based projects designed to visibly impact Hartford neighborhoods.
Hartford’s Youth Service Corps projects are addressing unmet needs in the City, such as blight remediation, home repair, and environmental stewardship. By completing these projects, Hartford’s Youth Service Corps Members will restore and protect Hartford’s natural, cultural, and historic resources and build safer, stronger neighborhoods.
“Today’s announcement is exciting because the single most powerful tool for building a better future for Hartford is to help give Hartford’s young people opportunities for meaningful employment,” said Mayor Bronin. “I believe that unemployment for young men and women in our cities is one of our greatest and most urgent challenges, and I’m incredibly grateful to our partners for stepping up in a huge way to meet that challenge. Giving young people a chance to earn a paycheck while contributing to their community is a powerful way to build safer, stronger neighborhoods.”
The City of Hartford’s Department of Families, Children, Youth, and Recreation (DFCYR) is leading Hartford’s Youth Service Corps. Our Piece of the Pie (OPP) serves as the implementation partner, providing full-time staff to develop and implement projects and manage Youth Service Corps member teams.
The City and OPP are working to ensure that Hartford’s Youth Service Corps boosts access to economic opportunity by serving as an on-ramp to workforce development programming, career-level professional placements, and permanent employment.
“Hartford’s Youth Service Corps is a unique and exciting opportunity for the youth of Hartford to create an opportunity for both their communities and for themselves,” said Bob Rath, CEO of Our Piece of the Pie, Inc.
The Connecticut Department of Housing (DOH) has provided $1 million in funds for Youth Service Corps projects through an Urban Revitalization Pilot Program grant.
"Strategic partnerships that produce great results like the one here between the Connecticut Department of Housing and the City of Hartford are an excellent example of the types of communities we're proud to play a role in building," said Connecticut Department of Housing Commissioner Evonne M. Klein. "Together, we're building a state, rich in diversity and inclusion, where everyone will have a welcoming and safe place to call home."
The kick-off event today was preceded by Mayor Bronin’s announcement earlier this summer that his administration secured $2.2 million in private funding for the first phase of the program. Five organizations donated the overwhelming share of funding for phase one, including The Hartford, Barbara Dalio and the Dalio Foundation, Aetna Foundation, Travelers Foundation, and Newman’s Own Foundation.
“Mayor Bronin’s Youth Service Corps offers an incredible opportunity for Hartford’s young people to make a difference in their community,” said Barbara Dalio. “We are deeply committed to the Youth Service Corps because it empowers hundreds of young people with jobs, caring adults, and opportunities to inspire us all.”
“The Hartford is committed to building safe, strong, and successful communities, and, as part of that effort, we contributed $500,000 to the Hartford Youth Services Corps,” said Diane Cantello, The Hartford’s Vice President of Corporate Sustainability. “Beyond funding, The Hartford’s creative services team provided their expertise to design the logo for the Hartford Youth Services Corps, and we are excited to see it proudly displayed around the City as the program comes to life.”
"The Aetna Foundation is committed to building a healthier world, and helping people achieve better health – it’s at the heart of our mission," said Garth Graham, MD, MPH, president of the Aetna Foundation. "We work with local, national and select international organizations to spark innovative ideas and programs, like Youth Service Corps, for improving health. We are proud to be a part of this program and investing in our Hartford youth to ensure a brighter tomorrow.”
“Supporting Hartford’s Youth Service Corps is a natural extension of the Newman’s Own Foundation commitment to empowering people and communities,” said Bob Forrester, President, and CEO of Newman’s Own Foundation. Through our grant making, we continue Paul Newman’s legacy of giving and creating opportunities. Youth Service Corps is a very special way to engage city youth in employment, while at the same time providing experiences and support for their continued development as productive and contributing members of society. We are pleased to be a part of this special public/private partnership and are hopeful that its success will also be a model for other cities nationally.”
Read more about Youth Service Corps on the Mayor’s website: www.hartford.gov/youth-service-corps.
STATEMENT: MAYOR BRONIN ON REAPPOINTING POLICE CHIEF ROVELLA
HARTFORD, CONN. (AUGUST 8, 2016) – BACKGROUND: Mayor Luke Bronin submitted a resolution to the City Council to reappoint Police Chief James Rovella as the top cop in Hartford. Regarding Chief Rovella’s reappointment, Mayor Bronin made the following statement:
“Chief Rovella has managed the department with a steady hand in challenging times, and I’m proud to reappoint him as the top cop in Hartford. He’s earned the trust of our community by serving as a strong voice for transparency and community engagement, he’s made significant strides in modernizing policing in Hartford through the use of technology, and he is focused on recruiting Hartford’s police force of the future. Chief Rovella has dedicated his career to keeping Hartford safe, and I know from working with him every day that nothing is more important to him than the safety and success of Hartford.”