(July 5, 2012) --- Mayor Pedro E. Segarra today announced that he has appointed Hartford resident Floyd W. Green III, Vice President of Community Relations and Urban Marketing for Aetna, and Thomas Deller, Director of Development Services, as the City's representatives to the Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA).
"These two individuals are experienced, talented, thoughtful and capable of properly conveying the expectations and needs of Connecticut's Capital City to the rest of the CRDA, state and other local leaders. I look forward to serving with them as we continue our efforts to expand housing opportunities, continuing to recruit world-class entertainment and sports events and increasing vibrancy and livability in Downtown Hartford," said Mayor Segarra.
As Vice President of Community Relations and Urban Marketing, Floyd is responsible for developing grassroots marketing strategies that assist in maximizing opportunities for new business development, customer retention, health care disparities and strategic partnerships. He also focuses on attracting diverse market segments, enhancing community investment models, and expanding employee engagement in the community. Floyd graduated with honors from Lincoln University in Oxford, Pennsylvania with a B.S. in History/Public Affairs and Pepperdine's Graziadio School of Business and Management with an MBA in Marketing/Strategy. He is a board member for the Center for Disease Control National Partnership Board for HIV/Aids, the Connecticut Forum, the National Parent Teacher Association and is honorary chair for the 105 Voices of History Celebration; he was also recently appointed to Howard University's John H. Johnson School of Communications Board of Visitors.
Thom Deller was named the Director of Development Services in April 2012 after an exhaustive national search. Thom most recently was the Director of Planning and Urban Development in Providence, RI and prior to that was the Deputy Executive Director for the Rhode Island Housing and Mortgage Finance Corporation and as a planner for the City of East Providence. He earned a BA in Urban Studies and an MA in Community Planning from the University of Rhode Island.
Announced by the Governor in January, the CRDA was formally created with the passage of Public Act 147, An Act Concerning the Capital Region Development Authority, which was passed overwhelmingly by both the Connecticut House and Senate and signed by Governor Malloy on June 15, 2012. CRDA was created to simulate new investment and economic growth in Connecticut, with a particular focus on the Hartford region, and will manage the assets in greater Hartford, including Rentschler Field, the Connecticut Convention Center and the XL Center. The 13-member CRDA includes four appointees of the Governor, Commissioners of the Departments of Transportation and Economic and Community Development, the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, the Mayors of Hartford and East Hartford, one appointment each for the state House of Representatives and Senate and two appointees by the Mayor of Hartford.
Both of Mayor Segarra's appointees will serve until July 26, 2015.