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HARTFORD AND EAST HARTFORD SELECTED AS AN INNOVATION PLACE

HARTFORD AND EAST HARTFORD SELECTED AS AN INNOVATION PLACE

 

HARTFORD AND EAST HARTFORD, CONN (June 7, 2017) – The communities of Hartford and East Hartford, led by The Hartford/East Hartford Innovation Places Planning Team, have been selected as an Innovation Place, announced yesterday afternoon by the CTNext Board of Directors.  The Hartford/East Hartford Initiative will receive up to $2 million in Implementation Grant funds in fiscal year 2018 to begin implementing the team’s vision for making Hartford and East Hartford a hub for innovation, entrepreneurship, and business growth.

 

The selection of The Hartford/East Hartford Initiative concludes a process that began last summer and culminated last month with a site visit and pitch.

 

“With a strong presence in the insurance, healthcare and aerospace and advanced manufacturing industries, Hartford/East Hartford is already one of the State’s – and the region’s – strongest economic center points,” said Glendowlyn Thames, Executive Director of CTNext.  “As a designated Innovation Place, we are excited to see the impressive leadership team bring together its existing resources and assets, many of which have been underutilized to this point, and take the Hartford/East Hartford communities to the next level.”

 

Innovation Places is a CTNext-run program created to help the state’s communities become centers for entrepreneurship and innovation, magnets for talent, and launching points for growth-stage companies.  The program will distribute $6.9 million in fiscal year 2018 to selected Innovation Places communities to support implementation of their strategic plans.

 

Senator John Fonfara (D-Hartford), who was instrumental in designing a comprehensive law to help Connecticut embrace the innovation economy, joined other leaders in applauding the decision by CTNext to invest in the Hartford area.

 

“I’d like to congratulate the core team that made this happen, in particular Michelle Cote of the Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation,” Sen. Fonfara said.

 

“I am incredibly grateful to the dozens of entrepreneurs, education and business leaders, and city staff who developed a powerful vision for Hartford and East Hartford as a hub of innovation,” said Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin.  “Our proposal focused on Greater Hartford’s strengths in the insurance, aerospace, and medical technology fields, and this is exactly the kind of effort that will change the game for our region and for the state.  The entire Hartford-East Hartford Innovation Places team should be proud of their winning proposal, and I look forward to working together, in partnership with CTNext, to make the Greater Hartford region a truly vibrant ecosystem of innovation.”

 

"We are very excited to partner with Hartford on this regional initiative which will further strengthen our communities as a hub for innovation and growth,” said East Hartford Mayor Marcia Leclerc.  “Together our communities provide many benefits to innovators and entrepreneurs looking for a central location at the crossroads of New England with easy access to collaborative partnerships with first class universities, other pioneering businesses, and established manufacturing and research centers of excellence.”

 

"It has been remarkable for me to watch our community come together in service of creating the right conditions for entrepreneurs and innovators to thrive, and attract top talent to our community,” said Michelle Cote, Managing Director of the Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at UConn.  “We have received commitments and investments from both Hartford and East Hartford, as well as the community's anchor companies, educational institutions, and civic organizations. The strength of our strategy comes from cooperation, coordination, and collaboration in pursuit of a shared goal.”

 

A summary of The Hartford/E. Hartford Initiative’s proposal and application is available on the CTNext website at http://ctnext.com/innovation-places/.  For more information, please contact Michelle Cote, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

The Hartford/East Hartford Innovation Places Planning Team includes leaders from the following organizations: UConn, Goodwin College, Trinity College, University of Hartford, Metro Hartford Alliance, Travelers, The Hartford, Phoenix, Hanover Group, CIGNA, XL Catlin, Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, Hartford Healthcare, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, City of Hartford, Town of East Hartford, reSET, Connecticut Small Business Development Center, Upward Hartford, MakerspaceCT and several entrepreneurs. 

 

Each of these community stakeholders will play a role in the execution of the group’s strategy, and in making Hartford and East Hartford visible centers of entrepreneurship and innovation.

 

About CTNext

 

CTNext is Connecticut’s go-to resource for entrepreneurial support.  The goal of the program is to build a more robust community of entrepreneurs and to accelerate startup growth by providing access to talent, space, industry expertise, services, skill development and capital to foster innovation and create jobs for people in Connecticut. CTNext launched in 2012 and has more than 1,700 members in its network.  Visit www.ctnext.com for more information.

 

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HARTFORD CITY HALL LIT GREEN IN SUPPORT OF PARIS CLIMATE AGREEMENT

HARTFORD CITY HALL LIT GREEN IN SUPPORT OF PARIS CLIMATE AGREEMENT

 

HARTFORD, CONN (June 3, 2017) –  At the direction of Mayor Luke Bronin, Hartford City Hall was lit green last night to signal Hartford's opposition to the federal government’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement and to underline Hartford’s significant efforts in the area of climate change.  Earlier today, Governor Malloy added Connecticut to a coalition of states committed to upholding the Paris Climate Agreement.  
 
“The decision to abandon the Paris Climate Agreement is an unforgivable surrender of American leadership on one of the most important issues of our time,” said Mayor Bronin.  “In virtually every other country in the world, the debate is about how to confront climate change responsibly – not the absurd idea that it’s a ‘hoax’ created by China.  Not only do we have a moral responsibility to reduce carbon emissions, we should also be seizing the opportunity to build a robust green jobs economy by investing clean energy.”
 
The Mayor continued, saying, “I’m proud to join with cities and states around the country to commit to filling the void on environmental responsibility that this decision leaves.  In Hartford, we are on the path toward becoming a more sustainable city through the dedicated work of City employees, the business community, neighborhood leaders, and environmental activists through our Climate Stewardship Initiative.”  

 
Last year, Mayor Bronin and the Climate Stewardship Council initiated Hartford’s Climate Stewardship Initiative, an inclusive, community-wide effort that aims to improve quality of life through environmental stewardship, while advancing the economy, improving public health outcomes, and promoting social equity.  More about the Initiative is online at www.hartford.gov/climate.  Hartford has made significant progress in a variety of areas, including the area on which the Paris Climate Agreement focuses:  the reduction of greenhouse gases.  To that end, Hartford has retrofitted existing buildings with energy efficiency improvements, constructed a fuel cell microgrid in the Parkville neighborhood which will reduce carbon emissions by 40% in connected buildings, launched a 1-MW solar array atop the former landfill in North Meadows, and embarked on an ambitious conversion of all 8,400 street lights to LEDs (which will save $1.8 million in energy costs per year).  For its efforts in clean energy, the City was recognized as an inaugural Department of Energy “SolSmart” City and received an award in 2016 from the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities.  In addition, the city’s new, award-winning zoning code, online at www.hartford.gov/landregs, promotes solar and wind energy, as well as electric vehicle charging stations and green roofs.  

 
The 30-member Climate Stewardship Council, which includes stakeholders from a cross-section of nonprofits, businesses, and government agencies, is in the process of finalizing a Climate Action Plan, which will chart the path towards further emissions reductions.  The City recently hired a 100% grant-funded Sustainability Coordinator to assist in those efforts.  

 

 

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MAYOR BRONIN RELEASES STATEMENT ON AETNA

MAYOR BRONIN RELEASES STATEMENT ON AETNA

 

HARTFORD, CONN (May 31, 2017) – This afternoon Mayor Luke Bronin released the following statement on Aetna:

 

“Based on multiple conversations with Aetna’s senior leadership, I think it is clear that Aetna decided a long time ago to relocate their corporate headquarters out of Connecticut.  They have said that Aetna remains committed to its Connecticut workforce, and that the Hartford campus will continue to be a substantial employment base for thousands of Aetna employees.  But losing Aetna’s flag is a hard blow for the state and for the greater Hartford region.  As a state, we need to act boldly to change the things that need to change.  Across the country, companies are locating in places where they can recruit top talent.  We don’t have to be New York or Boston to be competitive, but we have to recognize that strong, fiscally-sound, culturally-vibrant metropolitan areas are key to economic growth.  Connecticut has the opportunity to be one of those places, but we need to marshal the full strength of our region and our State to invest in a strong, vibrant Capital City – not at the expense of our suburbs and small towns, but for the sake of Connecticut’s economic future, because we’re all tied together.”  

 

 

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