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MAYOR BRONIN ON ARCH SELECTING A COMPLETION CONTRACTOR FOR THE DUNKIN’ DONUTS PARK

STATEMENT: MAYOR BRONIN ON ARCH SELECTING A COMPLETION CONTRACTOR FOR THE DUNKIN’ DONUTS PARK
 
HARTFORD, CONN. (SEPTEMBER 28, 2016) – Tonight, Arch Insurance announced that it has chosen Baltimore-based Whiting-Turner Contracting Co. – which has extensive experience in building sports venues – to finish Dunkin’ Donuts Park, according to the Hartford Courant. In response, Mayor Luke Bronin made the following statement:

“We’re very pleased that Arch has selected a completion contractor with extensive construction experience, including the construction of sports facilities and stadiums. I appreciate the Arch’s commitment to moving this project forward quickly, and we look forward to working closely with Whiting-Turner Contracting Co., with the Yard Goats, and with the Eastern League in the months ahead.”

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CITY OF HARTFORD RECOGNIZED AS A LEADER ON SOLAR ENERGY BY THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

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.
 
About SolSmart
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.

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MAYOR BRONIN ON CITY COUNCIL APPROVING THE REAPPOINTMENT OF POLICE CHIEF ROVELLA

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.”

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