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2009 Economic Recovery Resources A collection of resources about the economic recovery package, from federal to state to business resources. Published by HartfordInfo.org
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2010 Facts and Figures: How Does Your State Compare This booklet is designed help inform state legislators with fiscal choices. It is designed to give taxpayers and their lawmakers a simple guide to how their states rank on tax rates, collections, burdens, spending and many more. (PDF document, 42 pages) Published by Tax Foundation ; Publication Date: June 2010
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Taxes/2010_Facts_and_Figures.pdf

2011 Set Records For City Venue Attendance at Connecticut Convention Center events in Hartford increased by 50 percent in 2011, compared with the previous year -- setting a record for the venue that opened in 2005. More than 333,570 visitors attended events at the convention center last year, the Capital City Economic Development Authority announced recently. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 19, 2012
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A Big Help To Hartford Hartford has its challenges, as is obvious, but also its strengths. One of those is the good number of small businesses along the city's major avenues. An agency that has played a key role in this positive development is quietly celebrating its 35th anniversary this year. The Hartford Economic Development Corporation, known as HEDCo, was started by the Hartford Chamber of Commerce in 1975 to retain and develop small business and other economic activity in the city. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 23, 2010
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A Big Hole In Hartford? Should preliminary reports prove true, MetLife will purchase the South Building on the CIGNA campus in Bloomfield to house its 2,000 Greater Hartford employees, ensuring that the company remains in the area. That beats a move out of state. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 12, 2007
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A Bold Gambit For Apartment Tower Downtown Say this much about Abul Islam, the businessman and developer who wants to transform the old WFSB property in downtown Hartford into 15 stories of apartments; he is resilient. He has overcome stereotypes about his culture and religion in making the transition from left-leaning socialist sympathizer as a kid in Pakistan to unapologetic American capitalist — and real estate investor. Islam is emerging as "one to watch" on the Connecticut business and real estate development scene. One of his personal investment plans is developing the former Broadcast House site downtown into The Residences at River View, a 195-unit apartment building. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 25, 2012
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A Building Products Company Joins State's First Five Program A new international construction technology and materials firm will bring 408 jobs to the state, filling a North Haven building emptied when a Canadian printing company closed operations in 2008. Sustainable Building Solutions becomes the sixth company in Connecticut's First Five program, which offers aid packages to businesses adding at least 200 jobs and investing at least $25 million. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 18, 2012
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A Business Incubator With Many Community Aims Downtown Hartford needs that vibe of a business incubator badly, and the new “community co-working space” of the Social Enterprise Trust is designed to bring it, for new firms born with a goal of helping the world in addition to making money. The space, launching as a fee-charging business, couldn’t be better situated. In the second floor of a classic, old office building, its massive picture windows open out onto the corner of Trumbull and Pratt streets. The reSET space offers open office cubicle space with wired or wireless Internet access, printing, coffee, tea and other office amenities. Most important, what the entrepreneurs can’t find at home, is the working camaraderie of the shared space. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 01, 2013
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A Career Gets A Trim Queen City Barber Shop closed at the end of June, 2006. The owner, Luigi DeMarco has cut hair for more than 60 years, but will be retiring since the building his shop is in, the former Hastings Hotel and Conference Center, will soon be the Connecticut Culinary Institute. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 29, 2006
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A Center Of Attention A year after the ribbon was cut, the Connecticut Convention Center has begun to do what it promised -- put feet on Hartford's streets, lay heads on Hartford's hotel beds and inject the city's downtown with new life. Bringing fencers and robotics teams, corporate lunches and groundskeepers, boaters and veterinarians, the center has hosted more than twice as many events as anticipated. Demand for city hotel rooms and the prices for those rooms increased at significantly higher rates than in previous years; and even though the center lost more money than anticipated, that was largely due to rising energy costs. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 5, 2006
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A Circulator Bus for Convention Center A downtown circulator bus is likely to be running for two of the convention center's busiest months this fall, an effort that could be a jump-start to a permanent bus service. The downtown Hartford circulator would be a free service and would hit the city's major cultural and hospitality sites. Under a tentative plan, the route would include stops at the Connecticut Convention Center, the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, the Civic Center, the Goodwin Hotel, the Holiday Inn Express, Union Station, the Church Street parking garage, the Hartford Hilton, the MAT Garage, the Crowne Plaza Hotel, the Morgan Street Garage, the Marriott Downtown and the convention center. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 3, 2005
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A City Without Sunshine? Sunshine Laundry’s plans to build a new facility in Hartford after a disastrous fire last October were moving right along until just a few weeks ago. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: May 07, 2009
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A Clash Over Pay Between the Union and the Schoolbus Companies School bus monitors and drivers are making a living wage because of her union, CSEA SEIU Local 2001 and because of Hartford’s living-wage ordinance, strengthened by the city council in March 2010 to bring more companies under its umbrella. Yet before the school year started this year, two subcontractors moved 130 nonunion bus drivers out of the Hartford bus yard to a facility in East Hartford not covered by the city’s living-wage law. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: September 08, 2010
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A Crucial Game At Travelers, Golf Aside To some folks along Corporate Row, the networking is the Travelers Championship golf tournament that really matters. For one week out of the year, a golf course 15 minutes south of the capital city brings the sort of low-pressure, spontaneous business interaction that Hartford desperately needs, and other cities take for granted. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 27, 2009
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A Downtown Believer To The End On May 12, 2007, Joanne Douglas will bid farewell to her longtime Hartford store, The Unique Antique, and turn over the keys to a new owner. For more than 20 years, Douglas, 65, has owned and operated the shop, buying and selling such rarities as 100-year-old cameo brooches and Civil War-era mourning jewelry fashioned from the braided hair of fallen loved ones. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 20, 2007
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A Downtown Grocery In this editorial, the Courant expresses the opinion that Hartford has taken major steps in recent years to turn downtown into a thriving mix of residential, retail, dining, office and cultural uses. One gaping hole has been the absence of a grocery store to serve a growing number of downtown residents. But that might change soon, after the encouraging news that a grocer could open for business by summer 2010 at 410 Asylum St. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 11, 2010
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A Future That Colt Should Shoot For The success of Hope Artiste Village, in Pawtucket, RI, should hearten Hartford as it strives to remake itself as New England's rising star. Lance Robbins, whose company, Urban Smart Growth, has made rehabilitation and reuse of historic buildings its specialty, has taken over the development of the Colt factory complex in Hartford. He hopes to restart the restoration of this National Historic Landmark and do for it what he did for the hulking Pawtucket anachronism — make it a cool and prosperous place to be. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 05, 2009
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A Gift Of Wigs Helps The Sick When the economy pushed Jangwon Son, a graduate of Pratt Institute, back to Connecticut to work full-time in the family's business, Son made the redesign of Hair City, their north Hartford shop, his special project. The bulk of their clientele is African American and Hispanic, says Son. Recently, the business donated wigs to the DIVAS Latina cancer support program at the Hispanic Health Council. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 03, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/htfd_courant_030310.asp

A Good Match When Joe Black's closed March 29 after $4.1 million in renovations and just two years in business, many brides who had booked wedding receptions there were left without a hall. But, within weeks, The Riverhouse at Goodspeed Station, a catering business with a facility in Haddam, negotiated a temporary lease with the building's owner. They began operating a venue now called The Society Room of Hartford. There was even business in place — events initially booked with Joe Black's. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 30, 2008
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A Good Sign For Hartford With so many corporations merging, downsizing and bailing out of the city, it's always encouraging when a company reaffirms its place in the local economy. And nothing says "We're here!" louder than 7-foot-high freestanding letters atop your roof. Over the past year, Aetna has added four such signs - complete with the company logo's somewhat whimsical dancing figure - to its headquarters on Farmington Avenue. The signs' brushed metal reflects the sun nicely and they are quite visible from I-84. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 18, 2006
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A Good Time To Eat, Drink And Be Wary Downtown Hartford's restaurant scene is hopping, and the theories on why are as varied as the cuisine. Some say that diners from the suburbs are getting more comfortable with downtown Hartford. Others say that regulars who work downtown and the convention center are giving the eateries a boost. And some say it's simply the good food. What they do agree on is this: It's not because of a spike in people living downtown. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 25, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/DowntownDevelopment/htfd_courant_022507_a.asp

A Grand Opening A long-awaited amenity for downtown Hartford became a reality this past week with the opening of a new downtown grocery store, The Market at Hartford 21, on Asylum Street. The stylish store has become something of a rallying point for the city's business-center residents. Some 200 downtowners packed the Zula Restaurant and Bar on a Tuesday evening earlier this month to hear from the store's owners, Ryan and Kelleanne Jones. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 21, 2011
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A Guru And A Vacant Hotel At its opening, the hotel on Constitution Plaza in downtown Hartford was described as almost too luxurious for the city. Today, its owner is marketing the vacant, decaying structure as worth $10 million - but there are no takers. Hartford's mayor says the building should be torn down. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 25, 2006
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A Hartford Blue Jean Empire Hidden behind frosted glass in Parkville, Leigh Martin runs an empire that cranks out a million pairs of jeans a month and makes $130 million a year. Axis, a blue jeans designer and manufacturer, does business in New York, Connecticut and China. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: November 09, 2007
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A Hartford Oasis Two Hartford eateries, Sully's Pub and Lena’s First and Last Pizzeria recently celebrated 25 year anniversaries. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: June 14, 2007
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A Life Of Risk, Reward Juan C. Andrade gets up at 4 a.m. on weekdays to run, swim, and bike. He enters Ironman triathlons and marathons, skydives, skis and flies Cessnas. He thrives on risk and reward in his day job, too -- running The Hartford's claim operations. It's all about competition to the Colombia native, who finds his pastimes make him more effective as executive vice president of property and casualty insurance claims at The Hartford Financial Services Group. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 3, 2007
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A Little Showtime Before Go Time Until recently, the only foreign cities regularly served nonstop from Bradley International Airport were in Canada. Bradley's first-ever daily trans-Atlantic flight, Northwest Flight 98 departed on July 1, 2007. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 2, 2007
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A Loser of a Policy Mayor Perez criticizes the state's economic policy. He says the recent insurance job losses in Hartford shows that Connecticut needs a clear policy to foster and preserve employment, and he provides recommendations. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 17, 2005
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A Man Who Knows Benefits This profile is of Robert Patricelli, once president of the health care group at Cigna, founder of Evolution Benefits, a health-benefits payment vendor and currently chairman and chief executive officer of Women’s Health USA, which provides administrative and back-room business services to a branded network of obstetricians and gynecologists in New York and Connecticut. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: October 03, 2011
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A Merchant, Student Exchange The Micro Business Incubator Program, explained in this article, is a collaboration of Upper Albany Main Street, the University of Hartford's Barney School of Business and the MetroHartford Alliance that matches university students with Upper Albany merchants for individualized, on-site business assistance. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 8, 2004
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A Misinformed Senate Fears A Minimal Minimum Wage Hike A small group from New Haven called Mothers for Social Justice, which is among the many groups pushing for the state Senate to pass the modest minimum wage bill adopted by the House recently. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 01, 2012
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A Native Son Of Hartford Returns With A Big Charge Thomas J. May, recently became the CEO Northeast Utilities. May was raised in Hartford. He now heads what is now one of the nation's largest electricity and natural gas delivery firms. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 17, 2012
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A New Arena In Hartford? Mayor Eddie Perez spoke to The Courant's editorial board recently about his major initiatives and how they were going. Third on his list, after education and health care, was an update on a downtown arena. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 17, 2008
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A New Boom For Warehousing Space Office buildings capture a lot of attention, soaring above cities and dominating skylines. But in Greater Hartford, there is another, seemingly unlikely slice of commercial real estate increasingly competing for the spotlight. Industrial properties are drawing more attention as Greater Hartford emerges as a key center for warehousing and distribution, and investors still have plenty of cash to put to work. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 20, 2007
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A New Force: Hartford Firm's Robotics System Helps Children Manage Autism Timothy Gifford isn't looking to cure childhood autism. But he does want to improve the quality of life for children who struggle with it. His company, Movia Robotics LLC, integrates systems in the field of robotics, particularly in the fields of education and therapy. Movia's multifaceted computer program enables a robot to use information from external sensors in a room to provide social cues to a child. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 13, 2012
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A New Insurance Kid In Town Hartford is getting a brand-new company to support its nickname as the Insurance City: SPARTA Insurance Co., a business insurer with a twist. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 3, 2007
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A New Look for the North End Several groups and Hartford city officials have been meeting weekly for three months about improving the appearance and accessibility of northern Main Street from Terry Square to the Windsor town line. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 6, 2005
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A New Player For Grocery Store Downtown Three years ago, downtown Hartford appeared to be on the verge of getting a grocery store at Hartford 21. Today, the space is still dark. But while all eyes have been on Hartford 21, another plan for a grocer has been quietly percolating at a spot that's a two-minute walk closer to Bushnell Park, with the target of opening in the summer of 2010. Common Ground, a nonprofit group, has renovated the historic building at 410 Asylum St. for mixed-income housing in a $22 million project. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 23, 2009
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A New World for Colt Nearly $1.3 million in unpaid taxes may finally shake the old gun factory loose for a new developer. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: March 03, 2009
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A Parking Lot At Constitution Plaza? No Way! One year ago today, demolition began at Broadcast House on Constitution Plaza, the former home of WFSB-TV, Channel 3, in downtown Hartford. Lots of people are wondering what will happen to the hole in the ground that remains. Will it become a parking lot, like so many other prime parcels in the capital city? Abul Islam, the owner of AI Engineering in Middletown, declares he's unwilling to turn it into a parking lot as he seeks financing for his project, a 12-story office tower. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 16, 2010
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A Plan For Mass Transit Mass transit advocates recently unveiled a $309 million plan aimed at comprehensively enhancing commuter bus service statewide over five years. Transit for Connecticut, a coalition of 20-plus business, social service, environmental and transportation organizations, said at a state Capitol news conference that a fairly modest state investment could boost bus ridership by 80 percent. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 20, 2007
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A Proposal To Build Our Future On Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has big plans for the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington. He wants the state to ante up $254 million in new bond money, part of an $854 million public/private enterprise to renovate research facilities, construct a new patient tower and ambulatory care center and kick-start a program to incubate fledgling bioscience companies, among other things. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 29, 2011
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A Proposal To Raise Connecticut's Minimum Wage Stirs Debate You could work full time, every week of the year at Connecticut's $8.25-per-hour minimum wage and come up with a pre-tax annual income of $17,160. That's more than $5,700 below the federal poverty level for a family of four. When you adjust for inflation, it's also way below what a minimum wage worker was making in Connecticut 40 years ago, according to a study done for the liberal advocacy group Connecticut Voices for Children. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: March 06, 2012
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A Rebirth For Hartford's "Plaza Mayor"? A city corner that's been called the gateway to Hartford's Latino community is now a series of empty lots -- and efforts to develop them failed a few years back. But, city officials say they're ready to try again. Published by Capital Region Report, Jeff Cohen @ WNPR ; Publication Date: December 07, 2012
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A Second Suitor: Brewery Interested In Hartford Times Building In the dozen years that the landmark Hartford Times building has stood vacant, there has been only one serious proposal to redevelop the property. And that one didn't work out. Now, in the space of a few months, there are two more. The Thomas Hooker Brewing Co. is looking to move from Bloomfield to Prospect Street, which would allow the company to expand its operations, a source familiar with the plans said recently. The proposal has formidable competition from another, by Front Street developer HB Nitkin Group, which wants to move the University of Connecticut's Greater Hartford campus in West Hartford to downtown Hartford. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 13, 2013
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A Shift Toward Service Jobs Food service workers are part of the fastest-growing employment group in the state, what the U.S. Census Bureau calls the service occupations. They account for nearly half the total growth in Connecticut workforce from 2000 through 2006, according to new census figures. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 23, 2007
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A Short, Sad History Plaza Mayor was supposed to be the grand gateway to Park Street. Plaza Mayor, as this proposed gateway to the Hispanic community centered on Park Street is known, was to be filled with shops, condominiums, town homes and a main square facing the South Green from an expanse elevated above Park Street. However, the project has run into funding problems. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: October 02, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/economicdevelopment/htfd_advocate_100208.asp

A Sign Of Bold Ideas On One Downtown Hartford Corner The 12-foot “for sale” sign on the parking lot at Ann Uccello and Asylum streets in downtown Hartford is big and bold, and the same can be said about Paul Khakshouri’s ideas for this corner of the city. His half-acre parking lot, he told me, is the perfect spot for an apartment tower, with as many as 800 apartments and a million square feet. The apartments, Khakshouri says, are just the revitalizing spark downtown needs and would attract national retailers back to the city. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 08, 2013
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A Small Problem At the August 13, 2007 city council meeting, the council approved a resolution that would set up a task force to review and recommend property tax reform options. The task force members will be appointed by the mayor and will include representatives from small businesses in different sections of the city, homeowners, renters, someone representing large taxpayer interests, as well as economists and real estate professionals. However, the Hartford Small Business Alliance, which has been the most vocal organization in opposition to the mayor’s phased-in tax plans, reacted with surprise and disappointment when they weren’t included in the mayor’s task force plans. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: August 20, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/taxes/hbj_082007.asp

A Study In Contrasts If you have a good job and money, Connecticut is truly marvelous. But if you don't have a decent income, life can be tougher here than in communities around the country where expenses are lower, the middle class is broader-based and amenities are not so difficult to attain. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 26, 2011
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A Study Report for the Aetna Viaduct - Excerpts from the Final Version, Project 63-616 This document is the structural study for the first phase of the CT Department of Transportation reconstruction of the I-84 Viaduct. (PDF document, 11 pages) Published by Capitol Region Council of Governments
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Transportation/Viaduct_report.pdf

A Third Alternative In this editorial, the Hartford Courant expresses the opinion that the question of whether to expand the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington or move it to Hartford has been, to the extent it was discussed at all, presented as an either/or - all in Farmington or all in Hartford. But there is a possible third option, one that would use both Hartford and Farmington. The ideas are worth serious consideration. The choice now is whether to reinforce the mistake of locating the school in Farmington, or leverage the investment into a bigger vision. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 05, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_courant_060511_1.asp

A Very Elusive Embrace Hartford 21 is a shot of hope for downtown, but residents need retailers, and retailers need shoppers. Most of the retail space that fronts Asylum and Trumbull streets at the heart of downtown's hoped-for rebirth is empty. Lawrence Gottesdiener, the developer is losing $2 million a year in rent, but he doesn't want to sign the wrong retail tenant, or the right one who won't stay open weekends. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 02, 2008
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A Vision Takes Shape In Park Street Revival Along Park Street, you'll see new sidewalks and curbs almost finished from Pope Park to Main Street; new housing with shops on the first floor near Squire Street; and new facades on some blocks. The Gitano Food Warehouse is about to open in the former Carlton Supply plumbing building. More is coming. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 1, 2006
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A Wager On Hartford: New York State Firm Buys 23 Apartment Buildings In $30 Million Investment Real estate experts say Hartford is becoming a more attractive market for apartment investors, especially from New York, where properties are much more expensive. The most recent and largest sale is of 23 buildings in and near Asylum Hill. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 4, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/economicdevelopment/htfd_courant_010405.asp

A Working Partnership One of Hartford's most successful neighborhood revitalization efforts celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Southside Institutions Neighborhood Alliance, known as SINA, a partnership of Trinity, Hartford Hospital and the Connecticut Children's Medical Center, continues to transform the south-central part of the city. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 14, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/htfd_courant_081408.asp

Abolish Old Ways In Schools Rick Green expresses the opinion that Steven Adamowski's gift to Hartford could be the end of high school as we know it. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 25, 2007
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Abul Islam's Towering Plan While most of us worry about the recession and faltering 401(k)s, people like Abul A. Islam get busy. Mr. Islam, a Glastonbury resident and owner of AI Engineering Inc. in Middletown, has plans to build a 12-story, $40 million office tower on the site of the former WFSB studios on Constitution Plaza in Hartford. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 08, 2008
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Action On The Ice On the day after Thanksgiving, children donned festive hats as crowds gathered amid the white lights to used the newly extended 100-foot by 100-foot ice skating rink at Bushnell Park for its Winterfest, pose for photos with Santa and ride the carousel. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 24, 2012
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Activists Make Another Push For State Sick Leave Law A coalition of advocacy groups, led by Connecticut Working Families, is pushing for a change in laws that cover sick leave. Arguing that 40 percent of Connecticut employees don't get sick days, it wants lawmakers to require every business of 50 employees or more to grant workers one hour of paid sick time for every 40 hours of work — with a cap of 6.5 paid days a year. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 10, 2009
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AEG, Bushnell Among Bidders, Stress Local Ties As the state looks for potential new managers of the XL Center and Rentschler Field, the performance of both venues in recent years has been mixed. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: November 12, 2012
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Aetna CEO Ron Williams To Retire; Bertolini Named Replacement Ronald A. Williams, Aetna's chairman and chief executive officer, recently retired after almost a decade with the Hartford-based health insurer, and was replaced by longtime heir apparent Mark T. Bertolini, Aetna's president. Williams, 60, stepped down Nov. 29, 2010 as CEO, and remain as executive chairman until his retirement in April 2011, when Bertolini will add the chairmanship to his duties. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 20, 2010
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Aetna Expects To Cut Jobs Aetna has been doing better than many competitors, but it told employees recently that some job cuts are likely as the company acts to protect its competitive edge in a deteriorating economy. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 13, 2008
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Aetna Moving 3,600 Workers In more good news for Hartford and its insurance industry, Aetna said recently it will bring about 3,600 workers to the city from its Middletown office by 2010 as part of a $219 million renovation and consolidation project. Aetna, which has about 2,800 employees in Hartford now, expects the transfers to increase its workforce in the city to as many as 6,400 people by 2010. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 29, 2006
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Aetna Project A Bold Statement The shortage and expense of parking in downtown Hartford and surrounding areas has long made it difficult to attract and keep businesses in the city. But in Asylum Hill, a $27 million project now underway will bring nearly 1,150 parking spaces to the corporate campus of health insurer Aetna Inc. The nine-level parking garage now rising above Flower Street is a prelude to the transfer of about 4,000 workers from the insurer's Middletown campus by the end of 2010. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 24, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/EconomicDevelopment/htfd_courant_072407.asp

Aetna To Eliminate 650 Jobs Aetna Inc., the Hartford-based health insurer, said recently it is cutting 650 jobs nationwide - 280 in Connecticut - as it seeks to keep costs down, remain competitive and invest in businesses that will foster future growth. In Connecticut, Aetna will shed 3 percent of its workforce, including about 160 employees who work in Hartford. Aetna now employs about 7,700 in Connecticut, about 150 more than a year ago. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 13, 2006
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Aetna To Impose Parking Fee On Employees In City Aetna, for the first time, will charge employees for parking in Hartford, an unwelcome prospect for workers in the city and the thousands being moved up from Middletown offices by 2010. Aetna won't tell employees how much it will cost them until the end of August, 2006, and the company plans to phase in the charges next year for garage parking, and in 2008 for those who use the company's parking lots. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 1, 2006
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Aetna's $220M Move To Hartford Enters Home Stretch Health insurer Aetna Inc. recently began moving the first groups of its remaining 3,000 or so workers in Middletown to its renovated midtown Hartford office complex. When the move is complete, Aetna will employ about 6,400 workers in its two buildings located between Farmington Avenue and Interstate 84, which is nearly double its current count. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: August 24, 2009
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Aetna's Middletown Employees Will Move To Hartford In Next 6 Months Three years of renovations at Aetna Inc.'s Hartford headquarters have come to fruition recently, when the health insurer began moving 3,600 Middletown employees to its Asylum Hill campus. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 29, 2009
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After A Decade Of Delays, Front Street Beginning After a decade of delays, three developers and downsized plans, Front Street — the restaurant and entertainment hub of Adriaen's Landing in downtown Hartford — is finally rising from a long desolate lot on Columbus Boulevard. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 11, 2009
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After A Trim, State Finances Looking Better The huge deficit that was staring us in the face on January 1, 2011, is gone. At that time, outgoing Gov. M. Jodi Rell predicted that in the year ahead we would have $16.5 billion in revenue against $19.7 billion in spending, for a whopping deficit of $3.2 billion or 19 percent of our revenue. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy encouraged an approach of shared sacrifice. By the time the budget was finalized last summer the largest per capita deficit in the nation was closed, leaving a small surplus. This was accomplished by roughly equal measures of new taxes, spending reductions and employee give-backs. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 10, 2012
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After City Decision, Tastease Owners Still Plan To Close Doughnut Shop The two seating tables at Tastease can stay. But the husband-and-wife owners of the Parkville mini-doughnut and sandwich shop still plan to close June 30, 2012 when their city food license expires. Another potential buyer, a caterer in West Hartford, informed them in recent days that there would be no deal. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 17, 2012
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After Spinoff, Phoenix Division Staying In Hartford Phoenix Investment Partners will be renamed Virtus Investment Partners when it is spun off by The Phoenix Cos. and has decided to stay in downtown Hartford, the company said recently. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 01, 2008
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Age of Regions Urban Expert David Rusk Outlines The Merits - And Limitations - Of Regional Cooperation in this interview with Tom Condon of the Hartford Courant. This interviewed first appeared in the August 8, 2004 edition of the Courant. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 8, 2004
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Agenda 2013: Bringing Tourists, Commuters To Hartford If all goes well, 2013 in Hartford will be the year of the 'ville — as in Coltsville and Parkville. Dare to hope. Coltsville, the landmark 19th-century industrial village built by Col. Samuel Colt in the city's South Meadows, awaits National Historic Park designation. Parkville, one of the city's most stable and varied neighborhoods, invites transit-oriented development. The CTfastrak busway between Hartford and New Britain has a stop in the neighborhood. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 04, 2013
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Agenda 2013: State Should Push New Industries Economically speaking, Connecticut is not poised to spike the ball in the end zone in 2013. With wages flat, unemployment still high and Europe floundering, most economists see little improvement here until the second half of the year, if then. One way to respond is to build the industries of tomorrow, the new economic engines that will add jobs and rekindle prosperity. In 2013 the state needs to become one big incubator, growing as many kinds of 21st-century businesses as we can. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 28, 2012
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Agenda For Hartford In 2011 The most important project in Hartford — for what it is doing and how it is doing it — is taking place at a building most people in the region have never seen. The former M. Swift & Sons factory, once internationally known for its work in gold leafing, is tucked deep in the North End. The Swift family has given it to the highly regarded nonprofit Common Ground, which is in the process of turning it into a mixed-use workspace, which could include craftsmen and craftswomen, small manufacturing, small business start-ups and, on the surrounding land or the roof, urban agriculture. Two historic homes on the property could become homes for teachers. This points to what Hartford must do in 2011 — creatively use its existing assets to create jobs for city residents. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 16, 2011
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Agreement Reached To Buy Capitol West Building The dismal sight of the abandoned Capitol West building off I-84 that has become an unwanted city landmark will soon be gone. Under a negotiated settlement approved by a judge, the city will pay $1.7 million to buy the multi-story building at a key gateway to both downtown and the Asylum Hill neighborhood. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 17, 2011
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AI Tech Center Aims to Revive City’s Technological Prominence The announcement by Abul Islam, President/CEO of AI Engineers, Inc. located in Middletown, Connecticut of his plans to build a brand new, scientifically advanced Tech Center at Constitution Plaza in Downtown Hartford took many people back to the early 1960's, when the Plaza itself was new and considered one of the greatest urban renewal projects in the country. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: February 18, 2010
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Air Taxi, Anyone? Two Hartford businessmen want to fly you to your next weekend getaway. Arian Prevalla and Tony Cresswell of the Connecticut Flight Academy at Brainard Airport want you to think of their Piper Arrow 4-seater airplane as a taxi cab, ready to whisk you off to Block Island or New York in a flash. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: June 09, 2009
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Albany Avenue Rising Albany Avenue is making a comeback. Comparing today with 1990 or even 2000 is to see measurable and remarkable progress. At a recent community meeting on "the Ave," the talk was about parking, streetscape improvement and group health care. The neighborhood has a strong and growing portfolio of small and medium-sized businesses. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 6, 2005
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Albany-Homestead Corridor Besides hosting rundown buildings, vacant structures and lots, this corridor experiences the wear-and-tear of traffic; the Urban Land Institute says 17,000 vehicles travel on Albany Avenue and 13,000 on Homestead Avenue, daily. While there are plenty of institutions, restaurants, and other vendors along this corridor, navigating on foot or bicycle can be unpleasant, as the existing infrastructure favors motorized vehicles. Published by Real Hartford ; Publication Date: April 03, 2013
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All-Night Problems Hartford city leaders are out to clean up the 24-hour convenience stores they say are all-night drug establishments and a plague on Hartford's neighborhoods. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: June 14, 2007
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Allianz Invests $2.5 Billion In The Hartford A $2.5 billion helping hand for The Hartford, announced on October 5, 2008, after a battering week in stock market hell, marks a dramatic attempt by the homegrown insurer to restore investor confidence. But the investment from German financial powerhouse Allianz means that the independent Hartford Financial Services Group Inc. will give up a piece of itself in return — and still face major business challenges. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 07, 2008
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Allyn Street Property Proposed For UConn Relocation A two-acre parking lot on the north side of Allyn Street — the proposed location for a 42-story office tower in the 1980s — is another of the 13 proposed sites for relocating UConn’s Greater Hartford campus to downtown Hartford. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 06, 2013
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Amazon Strikes First Amazon.com sent notices recently to the owners of Connecticut websites saying the online retailer was ending cooperative sales agreements, effective immediately, because the newly enacted state budget would require the online retailer to collect sales taxes. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 11, 2011
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American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 A March 2009 presentation to the city council of the plans for stimulus funds that Hartford expects to receive. (PDF document, 12 pages) Published by City of Hartford
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Amtrak To Put $130 Million Into Work On Connecticut Bridges Amtrak will pump about 10 percent of its entire $1.3 billion stimulus aid into repairing or replacing bridges along the eastern Connecticut shoreline. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 27, 2009
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An Assessment of Connecticut’s Tax Credit and Abatement Programs The Connecticut General Assembly mandated that the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) should, in consultation with the Department of Revenue Services (DRS), prepare a report every three years in order to assess the economic and fiscal impact of the state’s tax credit and abatement programs. In this report DECD examines these programs from 1995 through 2007. (PDF document, 170 pages) Published by Connecticut Department Of Economic And Community Development ; Publication Date: December 31, 2010
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An Earful On Arch Street Stan Simpson expresses the opinion that the now undefined role of the Hartford Times building may actually end up being a positive one for downtown development. The need for more hotels and shops has always been pressing. This fledgling convention city might well put its attention to providing more lodging and retail for its visitors. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 06, 2007
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An Example Of Drive There was a time when Jay Blake could see and smell and taste, but those days are 10 years gone. Today, he is blind. But blindness hasn't kept him down. Blake now manages a drag-racing team sponsored by Permatex Inc., a Hartford-based producer of adhesives, sealants and lubricants for the automotive industry. He and his car came to the Alfred E. Burr School on Wethersfield Avenue in Hartford recently. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 9, 2007
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An Old, Feeble Future In its annual report to the legislature in December 2007, Gov. M. Jodi Rell's budget office warned that unless we make quick changes, Connecticut as we know it will disappear within two decades simply because young adults are vanishing from Connecticut and the rest of the state is getting very old. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 20, 2008
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An Open Letter to Suzanne Hopgood, Chair of CDRA Hartford citizens appreciate the massive investments in Hartford over the last 15 years or so. The jobs, activities and sense of pride all have paid dividends. However, it is the author’s contention that the various facilities in the city of Hartford, now the responsibility of the Capital Region Economic Development Authority (CRDA), should reach out to the citizens of Hartford in a more aggressive manner. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: November 01, 2012
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Analyst Doubts The Hartford Will Be Able To Stay Intact The Hartford Financial Services Group, grappling with financial losses and ratings downgrades that can affect sales, is reportedly negotiating a possible sale of its life insurance and annuity operations to a major Canadian company. The Hartford is currently in talks with Toronto-based Sun Life Financial Inc. and had separate discussions with MetLife Inc. that ended last month. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 05, 2009
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Analysts: Bailout For The Hartford Could Keep Firm Intact With $3.4 billion in government aid in its back pocket — or at least promised — the pressure is off The Hartford to sell one or more of its businesses to raise additional capital. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 16, 2009
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Angel Tax Credit Helps Companies Soar The state's urgent need to nurture and keep homegrown startup firms, long a weak area of economic development here, is showing some signs of progress with aggressive policies that started in 2010. Thirty companies have gotten investments since a law took effect 18 months ago allowing investors who put at least $100,000 into young, small Connecticut firms in certain technology and science fields to deduct a quarter of that investment from their state income taxes. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 23, 2012
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Another Lift For Park Street Gov. M. Jodi Rell visited Park Street recently to deliver more funding for the ongoing improvement of that bustling Latino commercial strip. Ms. Rell visited the offices of the Spanish American Merchants Association to announce a grant of $1 million for Phase II of the Park Street Streetscape Project. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 6, 2005
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Anti-Business Cloud Still Hangs Over State Ever since Gov. Dannel P. Malloy lit up the business community with his proclamation that “Connecticut is open for business,” the line has been both a touchstone and a punch line. An alphabet soup of business-conscious interests — from CBIA to NFIB and GOP — have asked the rhetorical question of whether the state is truly open for business each time a bill that hurt business advanced. They made their points but won few victories. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: June 13, 2011
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Antique Arms Show Moving To Convention Center The New England Antique Arms Society brought its guns to the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford for its annual convention over the weekend of August 4-5, 2012. This will be the society's first year having the gathering at the convention center, after previously holding the event at the Connecticut Expo Center. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 03, 2012
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Architectural Firm to Stay in City After almost 70 years in Hartford, the architectural firm of Jeter, Cook & Jepson has planned a move to Prospect Street that will guarantee it another generation in the state's capital. Firm President Peter N. Stevens says that young professionals see Hartford as having turned the corner. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 21, 2005
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Are the Dominoes Falling? Foreclosure is stalking some of Hartford's biggest downtown properties. First, it was the iconic Bushnell on the Park, the curvy condominium project built in 1969 overlooking Bushnell Park. Next, two major office towers downtown, Metro Center One and CityPlace II, both owned by Northland Investment Corp., fell under foreclosure actions. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: December 22, 2009
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Area Hotel Occupancy Rates Decline Occupancy rates for Greater Hartford hotels continue to lag and there are mixed feelings about when a turnaround might occur for the state’s hospitality industry. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: August 31, 2009
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Area Restaurant Closings Are Called Signs Of The Times In late 2005, Texas Roadhouse opened at the Charter Oak Marketplace in Hartford, bringing its frontier fort look and fall-off-the-bone ribs to a new shopping center that created some excitement when it replaced a troubled public housing complex. But three weeks ago the casual-style restaurant, part of a national chain, closed, and the building was boarded up. The closing comes amid a shakeout in the restaurant industry as the country — and Connecticut — face the strong possibility of a recession and lost jobs. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 18, 2008
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Arena Talk Shifts Focus To North End A new sports and entertainment arena on the northern fringe of downtown Hartford is more talk than anything else right now, but the chatter is putting the spotlight back on efforts to undo the geographic and economic isolation of the city's North End. Cut off by I-84, the North End is seeing a small wave of investment as city officials seek to pull the downtown development boom across the highway. A new public safety complex, new housing, and new retail are all in the works. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 30, 2005
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Art Venture Born In City That Needs It Hammered & #38; Nailed HAS exploded on the Hartford scene, simple in concept: a salon-style art exhibition in rent-free space, open to anyone, unjuried, uncensored, at no cost to the artists. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 28, 2011
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Artist As Businessman For Joe Young, a nationally recognized cartoonist and founder of the Hartford Animation Institute, business comes first. He may don an artist's beret on cold days and wield a mean felt-tip marker when he's teaching children to draw, but the daily planning and production schedules he creates shout businessman, time manager and stickler for detail, said Geannetta Bennett, the institute's planning coordinator. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 24, 2007
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Arts and Economic Prosperity This report on the national study shows the economic impact of nonprofit arts organizations and their audiences. For example, the arts contribute more than $250 million annually to Greater Hartford's economy and nearly 5 million people attend arts and heritage events each year in Greater Hartford. (PDF File, 171 pages) Published by Americans for the Arts ; Publication Date: 2003
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Arts Center Funding Increased The Connecticut Development Authority approved $2.5 million in funding for the University of Hartford's proposed performing arts center on Albany Avenue, $750,000 less than the university had hoped for. CDA staff and commissioners expressed concern that the university still had significant hurdles ahead in both public and private fundraising. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 16, 2005
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Arts Groups in Connecticut Struggle with Slashed Budgets It sounded wonderful when Gov. Dannel Malloy talked last week about how much economic activity can be generated through public spending on the arts. Unfortunately, the reality of public funding of the arts in these days of lingering recession and public fiscal crisis is harsh. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: August 25, 2011
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Arts, Culture Nonprofits Are Economic Drivers, Study Says New England’s nonprofit arts sector is a job-generating, financially robust piece of the economy, despite stereotypes to the contrary, according to a new report released by the New England Foundation for the Arts. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: October 31, 2011
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As CT Unemployment Rate Falls To 7.8 Percent, More Stories Of Job Success Emerge A statewide trend of job growth in February, according to a report from the Connecticut State Department of Labor estimates that the state added 4,900 jobs in February and that unemployment fell from 8 percent in January to 7.8 percent. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 29, 2012
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As Doctor Use Increases, Insurers Look To Raise Rates, Too Health insurers say Connecticut residents are visiting their doctors more frequently and, perhaps not surprisingly, those insurers are asking to raise their rates on average 10 to 12 percent next year, meaning medical premiums continue to grow much faster than other consumer goods. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 24, 2012
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As Jobs Vanish, Fears Grow Recently, hours after a report showed that the recession claimed 533,000 U.S. jobs in November, Connecticut politicians convened with frightened employers and workers around the state to talk about saving jobs at their companies. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 06, 2008
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As Texas Gov. Perry Raids Connecticut, Smugness Won’t Work Governors visit businesses in other states all the time, usually in low-key meetings that aren’t publicized. But that’s not how they roll in Texas, and Gov. Rick Perry let everyone know he was on his way to New York and Connecticut to raid companies — complete with a $1 million TV ad campaign. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 10, 2013
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Assessing Lawmakers' Wisdom As Connecticut Faces Economic Shock The author asks whether Connecticut has finally reached a tipping point where too much piling on of good, smart measures that add up to make Connecticut unfriendly to business. The legislature has passed quite a few new measures that make the business climate more challenging. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 07, 2013
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Assets and Opportunity Scorecard The Assets and Opportunity Scorecard measures the financial security of families in the U.S., ranking the 50 states and the District of Columbia on 31 performance and 38 policy measures in the areas of Financial Security, Business Development, Homeownership, Health Care, Education, and Tax Policy. Published by CFED ; Publication Date: May 17, 2005
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Asylum Hill Rehab Project Another Plus The Ashley Cafe at the corner of Garden and Ashley streets in Hartford was a tough joint, a gin mill of low repute, a poor advertisement for a neighborhood trying to revive itself. The operative word is "was." The cafe is gone and the blond-brick, three-story apartment building in which it stood is being done over into a mixed-use structure that will be an asset to the Sigourney Square/ Asylum Hill neighborhood. The Northside Institutions Neighborhood Alliance Inc. (NINA), which has been rehabilitating Victorian homes in the area for nearly a decade, acquired the building about two years ago. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 23, 2012
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Asylum Hill's Resurgence A group headed by the Northside Institutions Neighborhood Alliance is restoring homes on Sargeant, Garden, and Ashley streets in hopes of attracting new homeowners and strengthening the Asylum Hill neighborhood. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 29, 2005
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At 2012 Hartford Boat Show, Optimistic Signs For State's Marine Industry Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's proposed budget included a "luxury tax" on new and used boat purchases, a 3 percent surcharge on the value of vessels over $100,000 — beyond the proposed 6.35 percent retail sales tax. Malloy's proposal brought marine industry leaders to the state's Capitol in protest. A compromise was reached. New and used boats selling for less than $100,000 are taxed at the going sales tax rate of 6.35 percent. Vessels selling for more than $100,000 are taxed 7 percent on the entire amount. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 27, 2012
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At Front Street, Movies Soon And More Good News To Come Front Street is the retail and entertainment district the state built in the center of Hartford's downtown. But since its completion, the space has been empty. That will soon change. A movie theater will soon open, and more tenants are on the way. Published by Capital Region Report, Jeff Cohen @ WNPR ; Publication Date: September 06, 2012
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At Hearing, Hartford Residents Express Frustration Over City Budget Mayor Pedro Segarra opened a public hearing recently by saying his proposed budget for 2012-13 was the most difficult he’s had to prepare in all his years at city hall — including his roughly four years on the city council and nearly two years in the city’s top job. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 25, 2012
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At Holiday Party, Economy Is Scrooge Restaurants and caterers that host holiday parties have seen their revenues fall 10 percent to 30 percent for the season from a peak two years ago. Companies are often spending more per person on their seasonal soirées this year than they did during last year's panic, but because there are fewer people at the office these days, overall party spending is flat in 2009 compared with 2008. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 16, 2009
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At La Paloma, A Goodbye To Hartford's Coffeehouse The cappuccino milk steamed for one last day in the coffeehouse known to patrons as Hartford's living room. After a tribute party with a medley of performers and poets — the kind of event that would only happen at La Paloma, customers said — people came back to Capitol Avenue's laidback café to say goodbye to the "third place" in their lives, after work and home. La Paloma officially ceased operations on June 27, 2013. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 27, 2013
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At Long Last, Hartford-New Britain Busway In Gear It took more than 15 years and spanned the terms of three governors, but CTfastrak, nee the Hartford-New Britain busway, is now under construction. Officials broke ground in Hartford's Parkville neighborhood for the 9.4-mile bus rapid transit link from downtown New Britain through Newington and West Hartford to downtown Hartford. The busway also will serve express buses coming from west of New Britain. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 22, 2012
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At Marriott, 409 Rooms With a Positive View The luxurious $81 million 409-room Marriott Hotel is open for business. The hotel is designed to attract more business travelers and tourists to the city with its upscale amenities. The Marriott has 38,000 room nights reserved for groups so far, with 70 percent, or 26,600, in the first 18 months. A guest room going for $189 on a weekday is about $10 to $20 a night higher than most competitors in the market. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 26, 2005
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At The Hartford, 200 Layoffs In '09, And More To Come The Hartford has laid off about 200 employees in the Hartford region so far this year, and more job cuts are coming locally and companywide, CEO Ramani Ayer said in an interview recently after the annual shareholders' meeting. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 28, 2009
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Atlantic City's New Deal Brings Money, Marketing Atlantic City is profiled in the current issue of Governing Magazine, a piece that suggests the city is up against some of the same challenges that Hartford and Connecticut face. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 01, 2011
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Atlas of Minority and Low-Income Populations in the Capitol Region A series of maps identifying minority populations throughout the Capitol Region. Published by the Capitol Region Council of Governments (CRCOG) as a result of the award of an Environmental Justice and Title VI Challenge Grant. Published by Capitol Region Council of Governments (CRCOG) ; Publication Date: January, 2003
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Attendance At Hartford's Winterfest On The Rise The city's annual Winterfest celebration is gaining popularity, with a roughly 50 percent increase in visitors so far this season. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 21, 2012
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Austin Organ Builds To Its Own Beat Its small, white sign off Woodland Street, just past Saint Francis Hospital is the only clue that there’s a 115-year-old company quietly cranking out organ after organ a few feet away. Once occupying the massive brick building at 158 Woodland St., the Austin Organ Company moved to an adjacent building – at 156 Woodland St. -- more than 70 years ago. Although out of sight, it is not out of business. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: January 28, 2008
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Automobile Dealers Prepare For Centennial Celebration On May 15, 2008, representatives of Papa's Dodge and Mitchell Auto Group and other central Connecticut dealers attended the centennial celebration of the Greater Hartford Automobile Dealers Association at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 08, 2008
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Availability of Skilled Workers in Connecticut: 2008 Survey The Connecticut Business and Industry Association (CBIA), Capital Workforce Partners and the United Illuminating Company conducted this Availability of Skilled Workers in Connecticut Survey in order to determine the perspectives of Connecticut businesses on the current and future workforce issues facing the state. (PDF document, 18 pages) Published by Connecticut Business and Industry Association ; Publication Date: 2008
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Ayer Remains Confident The Hartford Will Prevail Ramani Ayer, who announced recently that he will retire from The Hartford by the end of 2009, is working to heal the company. Shareholders have seen shares of The Hartford Financial Services Group plummet 85 percent since the end of 2007. worries about the company continue because it has laid off at least 325 employees since late last year. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 15, 2009
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Back to the NHL Howard Baldwin, chairman of Whalers Sports & Entertainment in Hartford, writes that Winnipeg’s success in luring the NHL back to town proves Hartford’s strategy works. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: June 06, 2011
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Back9 Deal an Eagle for Hartford The fledgling Back9Network media company, whose investors include Hollywood star and director Clint Eastwood and NBA pro Ray Allen, is finalizing a deal to open a $7 million TV network studio in Constitution Plaza in downtown Hartford. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: July 23, 2012
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Back9Network Moving Into New Downtown Headquarters Hartford's Back9Network, a startup golf lifestyle network, said that soon it will have three locations in the Capitol City as it wraps up construction on its new corporate headquarters. The 13,000-square-foot headquarters takes up the entire 10th floor of the Phoenix Building at One American Row. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 29, 2013
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Bad-Mouthing Your Home State? It's Not Just Boorish; It's Bad For Business Rick Green comments that Governor M. Jodi Rell should condemn self-serving, profit-mad corporate executives, such as United Technologies Corp. executive Louis Chênevert, who go to New York and insult Connecticut for all the world to hear. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 19, 2010
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Bank Of America Tower For Sale Another skyscraper in downtown Hartford is for sale: the former Bank of America Tower on Main Street. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 06, 2011
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Bank Of America's Corporate Offices Moving To CityPlace In Hartford Bank of America is changing its corporate address in downtown Hartford. The bank will move within a year from its iconic skyscraper at 777 Main St. to CityPlace I on Asylum Street, a bank spokesman said recently. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 13, 2010
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Bank's Move Creates Void In Downtown Hartford There wasn't a lot of fanfare a couple of months ago when Bank of America closed its Windsor Street data processing center in Hartford and moved 630 workers across the river to East Hartford. Nor was there much squawking from downtown boosters about the loss of revenue to nearby restaurants. But the move certainly got Jeff Herrick's attention. Herrick manages the Goodyear Auto Service Center around the corner on Market Street. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 26, 2008
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Banking at Bulkeley Hartford's Bulkeley High School is the first in the city to open a Franklin Trust Federal Credit Union branch, but it won't be the last Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: April 26, 2007
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Banking On Downtown At the end of June 2008, Sovereign Bank moved from one downtown location on Trumbull Street to another. The bank moved its 100 Pearl St. branch north to the corner of Trumbull and Asylum. The new space — located where the former Bar with No Name operated — features a full-service branch on the ground floor. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: May 12, 2008
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Banking On Park Street Park Street's continuing revitalization took another step last week thanks to one man's single-minded intention to fulfill his dream. Alfonso Lopez arrived on Park Street more than 20 years ago from his native Colombia to open a bodega on nearby Broad Street. He later expanded into a small supermarket called El Gitano, and now has opened a larger food warehouse at Park and Lafayette streets. The store has sections for Argentine, Colombian, Dominican, Jamaican, Mexican, Peruvian and Puerto Rican products found in few other places. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 03, 2008
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Banks Remain Cautious As Rental Market Blossoms While developers continue to take an interest in apartment housing projects in downtown Hartford, finding the financing to get developments off the ground remains a challenge, as banks remain cautious about making big bets on speculative projects. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: February 27, 2012
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Bar Beer B-i-n-g-o Bingo. The word calls to mind glitzy casinos and folks with snowy-white hairdos gathered in a church basement. At the Half Door in Hartford, it's a different scene. Every Monday and Thursday nights, patrons in their early 20s and 30s flock to this Irish pub to drink, socialize and mark those bingo cards. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 07, 2008
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Baronet Coffee Still Growing Amid Competition Like his father and grandfather before him, Bruce Goldsmith, president of Baronet Coffee Inc., knows his company can't be content to sit still. The 78-year-old coffee roasting and supply company in Hartford has had to constantly reinvent itself to remain competitive, Goldsmith said. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 14, 2008
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Basketball A Driving Force In Bringing Traffic To Downtown Businesses The Big East Tournament, the women’s basketball tournament attracted many people from out of town to downtown Hartford, boosting business. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 07, 2009
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Battle Over Historic Structure Not much except routine permits stands between The Hartford and its plans to demolish all but the oldest portion of the former MassMutual building on Asylum Hill. But there is still a flicker of opposition that won't be snuffed out: those who want to see a greater part, or even all the historic building in Hartford preserved. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 29, 2008
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Beautifying Upper Albany: Breaking Ground Moving Forward An advertising supplement to the Hartford Courant, put together by Upper Albany Main Street (UAMS), which spotlights the growth and success of a variety of development projects and neighborhood businesses in Upper Albany. (PDF file, 6 pages, 6 MB) Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 10, 2006
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Behind Closed Doors Conceived and curated by Brooklyn artist Chris Doyle and shot by 45 artists at 30 Connecticut hotels and motels, "50,000 Beds" attempts to convey the isolation, change, absurdity and intimacy that take place in the state's beds for rent. Displayed by three of the state's leading institutions: Ridgefield's Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, New Haven's Artspace and Hartford's Real Art Ways, the show is a collaborative video project. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 22, 2007
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Behind The Curtain… The ‘Governator' Has Arrived On This (Imaginary) Day, And Everything Falls Into Place Just As Planned, With The Help Of Integrated Fiber Optics, Uplinks, Downlinks, And A Nice Grand Piano The Connecticut Convention Center features many opportunities integrated into the building for events, including wireless internet in every room, a kitchen capable of feeding thousands, and an energy conservation system connected to the adjoining Marriott Hotel. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 29, 2005
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Benchmarking Connecticut 2006: Determinants of Economic Growth This report presents the key findings from the 2006 Edition of the Connecticut Benchmarks study – a report that identifies some of the forces impacting economic growth in Connecticut, and recommends five priority areas for sustainable growth: globally competitive education and training, dynamic and vibrant cities, quality affordable housing, integrated cost-effective transportation infrastructure, and growth in business investments. (PDF file, 80 pages) Published by Connecticut Economic Resource Center ; Publication Date: 2006
Document Link: /issues/wsd/economicdevelopment/Benchmarking06.pdf

Benchmarking Connecticut's Economy: A Comparative Analysis of Innovation and Technology This report is an assessment of Connecticut's capacity related to competitiveness and innovation in the knowledge economy. It examines the state in five different areas (technology, finance, entrepreneurial and business vitality, human capital, global links). The report reveals a state that is at a critical juncture. The goal is to serve as a catalyst to inform discussion, provoke dialogue, and lead to thoughtful and effective policies and programs that can help Connecticut’s economy remain strong and competitive. Published by Connecticut Economic Resource Center ; Publication Date: September 2005
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Best Of The East: China Is The Inspiration For Carol Silvestri's Decorating Panache Carol Silvestri typically dresses in jeans, sneakers, a turtleneck and fleece vest. No makeup. Yet she is responsible for many of the most high-style accessories and furnishings at the Design Center on Park Street in Hartford. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 18, 2009
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Best Western For City's North End Plans are underway for a multimillion-dollar, eight-story Best Western Inn & Suites on a not-quite-downtown site just north of I-84, a deal that Hartford Mayor Eddie A. Perez said requires no city money. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 20, 2007
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Better To Put Health Center In Hartford Tom Condon expresses the opinion that he loves Gov. Dannel Malloy's proposal to expand the UConn Health Center and make it an incubator for the bioscience economy. "Bioscience Connecticut" is the kind of bold, entrepreneurial investment the state must make to compete in the 21st-century economy. It's an investment that protects and strengthens the medical and dental schools. But the state should find a way to build it in Hartford. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 22, 2011
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BID … Why Not? Mike McGarry reviews the discussion of a business improvement district (BID) for Downtown Hartford and part of Asylum Hill. Over 1000 cities nationwide have used the BID model to add juice to downtown areas, local examples include Manchester, New Haven and Stamford. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: May 3 - 10, 2006
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Big Crowds Expected For Women Of Faith Women of Faith, a two-day conference, is expected to bring 10,000 women from across the state to the Hartford Civic Center when it returns for the sixth consecutive year. Women of Faith is a nondenominational Christian organization that focuses on women and their needs at different stages of their lives. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 10, 2006
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Big Deals Tank The sinking economy is claiming another victim: big real estate deals. According to the region’s major brokers, leases and acquisitions of commercial properties exceeding 200,000 square feet are in a free fall as companies take a wait-and-see approach to leasing and acquiring new space. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: November 20, 2008
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Big Downtown Hartford Deal: CityPlace I Sale Closes Hartford’s CityPlace I office tower — the tallest building in Connecticut — has been sold in a $99 million deal that is downtown’s biggest since 2007. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 01, 2012
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Big East Packs Hotels As Restaurants Prepare For Crowds Hundreds of fans in Syracuse University orange attire and others in Providence College gear walked over a red carpet and through an archway of blue, red and white balloons recently to the basketball court at the XL Center in Downtown Hartford. The Syracuse-Providence game started the Big East tournament, the nation's largest Division I conference in women's college basketball, which has come to the XL Center each year since 2004. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 02, 2012
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Big H Business Profile: Glander Associates Glander Associates is a full service event management company located in the heart of downtown Hartford since 2003. Over the years, they have worked on several successful events in Hartford including The Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz and for the past five years, they participated in organizing part of First Night Hartford. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: July 18, 2013
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Big H Business Profile: The Tobacco Shop The Tobacco Shop, established in 1920, is Connecticut's leading pipe and cigar store. They specialize in pipes and pipe tobacco, offering the finest pipes. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: July 18, 2013
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Big Tax Hikes Threaten Small Stores Hundreds of small-business owners across Hartford are facing dramatic increases in their bills because of a new tax system, the result of a long-delayed revaluation, that is taking effect this year. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 20, 2007
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Big-City Mayors Snub Malloy The big-city mayors of Hartford, New Haven, and Bridgeport have all worked with Dannel Malloy, who was mayor of Stamford for 14 years. But instead of supporting their fellow city-dwelling Democrat in the upcoming gubernatorial primary, all three mayors have turned away from Malloy to throw their support to Ned Lamont. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 10, 2010
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Biggest Deals Taking More Time Not only are big real estate deals in the Hartford area becoming scarcer, they also are getting tougher to negotiate. Take, for example, Winstanley Enterprises’ recent 25-year lease of the former Advo building to Metal Management in Hartford’s north end along West Service Road. Winstanley’s journey began when it purchased the building and adjacent10-acres for $6.6 million in 2005. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: November 20, 2008
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Bill Would Create Business Zone Around Bradley Airport Business leaders, legislators and town officials say that creating a special business zone near Bradley International Airport would be vital for the region, and the state, to compete for development when the economy improves. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 17, 2010
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Billings Forge A Success Story In Urban Redevelopment Over the past four years, the Melville Charitable Trust has undertaken a series of initiatives to tackle homelessness and poverty in one of the poorest sections of one of the poorest cities in America. When Melville bought Billings Forge — a former factory complex a block from the state Capitol that had been converted into apartments — in 2005, urban redevelopment was still largely a synonym for displacing neighborhoods to build malls or offices. But rather than start from scratch, the foundation aimed instead to invest in what was already available. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 10, 2009
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Billings Forge Opens New Cafe Billings Forge, a fixture in the Frog Hollow neighborhood, has expanded into the city's downtown with a new cafe in the Hartford Public Library. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 29, 2013
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Bills Would Worsen State's Climate For Business In this editorial, the Hartford Courant expresses the opinion that on top of higher taxes and everything else that makes Connecticut a hard place to do business, Democratic lawmakers at the state Capitol have introduced legislation to make it even harder. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 08, 2011
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Black Bear Preys On Coach’s Bar Coach’s Sports Bar & Grille, a Hartford fixture for nearly 15 years, is just weeks away from closing its doors to make way for a Black Bear Saloon, according to a player in the deal. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: March 17, 2008
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Blood, Sweat And (Sometimes) Tears Ann Flynn, founder and president of IQ Telecom in downtown Hartford, often starts her day by repeating the words "information overload.'' IQ Telecom scrutinizes and manages the telecommunication expenses for nearly 30 other businesses. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: December 21, 2009
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Board Approves 4 New Schools Hartford's school board recently approved a plan create four new schools, reviewed a proposal to break Hartford Public High School into four academies and got a preview of big changes planned for Weaver and Bulkeley high schools, which could include tearing down Weaver and building a new school. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 19, 2007
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Boat Race Called Off Professional powerboat racing won't be returning to Hartford, even though its debut last year drew promising crowds. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 27, 2007
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Boosting Metrohartford's Economic Performance In The New Millennium The MetroHartford Millennium Project, in collaboration with the University of Connecticut’s Center for Economic Analysis, has undertaken a long-term research initiative to track the Hartford region’s economic progress over time. This report proposes a series of specific policy recommendations that would help lay the foundations for MetroHartford’s emergence as a truly effective regional, national, and global competitor. (PDF document, 9 pages) Published by MetroHartford Alliance ; Publication Date: July 13, 2008
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Bosnian Refugees Build Niche Computer Firm High school friends Zermina “Nina” Velic and Belma Ahmetovic are no longer chasing the American dream of owning a business. The two 17-year-old immigrants from Bosnia have already achieved that success and secured an opportunity to meet President Barack Obama after their company, Beta Bytes, placed second last month in a national business plan competition for aspiring entrepreneurs. Beta Bytes, the foreign language and cultural-based computer repair service Velic and Ahmetovic started through a Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) program at their high school, will also receive $5,000. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: November 01, 2010
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Bradley - Europe, Now Boarding Commencing Bradley International Airport’s first-ever daily passenger service overseas, a Northwest Airlines flight recently departed for Amsterdam. It is a momentous development for the region. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 1, 2007
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Bradley Losing Nonstop Flights To Los Angeles Bradley International Airport will lose its only direct, nonstop service to the West Coast this fall, the first major blow to the airport amid a mounting crisis in the airline industry. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 26, 2008
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Bradley Renewal Isn't Grounded Yet Bradley International got the one-two punch recently: It will lose its much-ballyhooed nonstop flights to Los Angeles and Amsterdam this fall. But those setbacks aren't enough — at least not yet — to make the airport scrap any part of its long-term redevelopment plans, including a replacement for Terminal B and a new parking garage. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 01, 2008
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Bradley Seating Capacity Dives Passenger traffic at Bradley International Airport reached record heights last year, but airlines are now cutting the number of seats those passengers can sit in, airport officials announced recently. Passenger traffic at the airport has fallen by about 5 percent compared with the same time last year, mainly a result of the switch to smaller planes and reduced service. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 17, 2006
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Braza To Open Restaurant On Constitution Plaza In Hartford Churrascaria Braza, a Brazilian restaurant in Hartford's West End, is expanding to a new location in downtown Hartford in the space formerly occupied by Spris on Constitution Plaza. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 31, 2011
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Brazilian Consulate To Open In Hartford Monday A little piece of Brazil recently came to Hartford with the opening of the Consulate General of Brazil at One Constitution Plaza. The initial impact will be more convenience. Brazilians who need to obtain passports and other government documents, and Americans seeking travel visas, will no longer have to go to the consulate in New York, which often took a day or more. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 09, 2010
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Breaking The Pattern In this commentary, Christine Palm discusses the benefits that Thomas W. Raftery Inc., whose world headquarters is at 1055 Broad St., have accrued from its presence in the Frog Hollow neighborhood of Hartford. In a building built at the turn of the last century and once used by the Bond Bread Bakery, T.W.Raftery manufactures draperies, bedspreads, fabrics (4,500 patterns), theatrical curtains, window blinds and solar shades. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 10, 2006
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Bridging Park Street Carlos Mouta’s company, Westside Property Management, has a plan to turn 1200 Park St. into a upscale mall called Pope Commons, raise the building height by 10 feet and build a second floor that would house a court of locally owned stalls serving international foods. And, Mouta wants the city to reduce Park Street from four lanes to two and add on-street parking on both sides. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: December 7, 2006
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Bridging The Digital Divide In this editorial, the Courant expresses the opinion that Broadband company Comcast deserves credit for teaming with the educational nonprofit One Economy to bridge the digital divide in communities like Hartford by teaching teenagers skills that go beyond texting and e-mail. Their project, Digital Connectors, will help 40 lucky students here prepare for the 21st-century economy by training them in, for example, video editing and PowerPoint. Hopefully, the new skills will go viral. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 25, 2010
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Bring National Hoops Team To Hartford Hartford has a chance to cement its reputation as the nation's hottest center of women's basketball competition, but it will take a united civic push. The city has been prominently mentioned as a contender to host the U.S. women's national basketball team as it trains and plays exhibition games to prepare for the 2010 World Championships in the Czech Republic and then for the 2012 Olympic Games. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 07, 2009
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Brokers Closely Watching Broadcast House Redevelopment Project When Abul A. Islam revealed his plans earlier this month for redeveloping Broadcast House in downtown Hartford into a 12-story, $40 million office tower, he was faced with a very different economy than when he bought the property just five months earlier. Islam marched forward undeterred, however, and announced plans on a bitterly cold day at a press conference on Constitution Plaza. Experts say he has his work cut out for him. He'll need to line up leases to get financing and will probably face hard questions from lenders. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 16, 2008
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Budget Battle In the spring of 2007, Hartford’s small businesses joined to protest dramatic tax increases caused primarily by the property revaluation process. They formed a group known as Hartford Small Business and Taxpayer Alliance (HSBTA) and, while no long-range solution was found to the city’s tax woes, the City agreed to phase in the increase due to the revaluation over a five year period as a stop-gap measure. While the HSBTA worked with City and State leaders over the past year to develop a long-range solution, it was never found. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: May 08, 2008
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Budget Coaching Pays Big Benefits Sherry Coelho, vice president/relationship management at Prudential Retirement recently became a volunteer budget coach with Co-opportunity Inc., a Hartford-based nonprofit that helps move working families toward economic stability. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 09, 2008
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Budget Crisis The state's budget crisis continues, despite tax hikes, wage freezes, a spending slowdown. This calls, sadly, for painful cuts and another look at what state employees can do to help. Most other options are gone. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 17, 2012
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Budget Survey Is A Warning To State While the economy is boosting most states' fiscal pictures, Connecticut's budget health is precarious according to a national survey. The 2004 Fiscal Survey of the States found that Connecticut's year-end budget balance is well below what's considered adequate to withstand an economic downturn or runaway spending. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 17, 2004
Document Link: /issues/documents/economicdevelopment/courant_121704.asp Related Link(s): The 2004 Fiscal Survey of the States (PDF document; 59 pages)

Build In City? Talk Arises Prudential Retirement, which already employs nearly 800 people in downtown Hartford, is talking with state officials about a deal that could lead to the construction of an office building in the city and the addition of an unspecified number of new jobs. While officials declined to comment publicly on the talks, high-level sources in state government and others familiar with the negotiations confirmed that talks are underway, and said the critical issue is the level of funding state economic development officials are willing to provide. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 23, 2006
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Builder, Designers Chosen For Science Center The Connecticut Center for Science and Exploration moved another step closer to reality recently when the builder and exhibit designer was selected. Architect Cesar Pelli & Associates also produced a re-vamped design that reduces cost by 10%. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 22, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/htfd_courant_042205.asp Related Link(s): Science Center Scaled Back ; Connecticut Center for Science & Exploration ; Science Center: Special Report

Building Assets & Financial Security: Mapping Opportunities in Hartford The Connecticut Association for Human Services created this guide in an effort to increase access and awareness of existing community programs that help families save and invest money. Published by Connecticut Association for Human Services, Inc. ; Publication Date: 2006
Document Link: /issues/wsd/FamiliesandChildren/BuildingAssets_Hartford.pdf

Building Booming: November Permits Keep State On Pace For Busiest Year Since 1989 November's housing construction in Connecticut was the strongest in 16 years, boosted by lower-than-expected mortgage rates and weather warm enough to sink foundations Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 29, 2004
Document Link: /issues/documents/economicdevelopment/courant_122904.asp Related Link(s): Department of Economic & Community Development

Building for the Future: Foundations for a Springfield Comprehensive Growth Strategy This report analyzes the city’s social and economic conditions of Springfield, MA as they relate to future growth and development. To provide useful context, in addition to comparing Springfield with national averages, the city is contrasted with 16 peer cities such as Hartford, CT. The peer cities are similarly sized communities located in the Northeast and Midwest, regions where the same fundamental forces, such as higher labor costs, cooler climates, and a shortage of developable urban land, limit growth. The report includes quite a bit of information about Hartford. (PDF document, 60 pages) Published by Massachusetts Institute for a New Commonwealth ; Publication Date: June 30, 2009
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Region/building_for_the_future_report.pdf

Buildings Are Major Piece Of Hartford Revival In this editorial, the Hartford Courant expresses the opinion that since taking office in mid-2010, Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra has taken action to remove the city's two leading eyesores — the former H.B. Davis building, which didn't earn its "butt ugly" nickname until it was neglected, and the Capitol West building, which was never an architectural gem. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 07, 2012
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Bushnell Condo Owners Want Answers Nearly two dozen Bushnell on the Park condo owners have been granted the right to join the ongoing foreclosure case involving the signature downtown Hartford property. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: January 18, 2010
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Bushnell Eyes Debt-free Future The Bushnell has set a financial goal of being debt free within 10 years. And Michael Fresher, The Bushnell's chief financial officer, said it's a realistic target. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: April 02, 2012
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Business Alliance Reaches Agreement With City The Hartford Small Business Alliance, a group of small business owners concerned over their rising tax bills, have reached a settlement agreement with the city over a complaint the group filed last summer with the state's Freedom of Information Commission. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 01, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/taxes/htfd_courant_010108.asp

Business Bankruptcy Filings Tell Sad Tale Business bankruptcy filings reached a 30-year high in Connecticut in 2009, another sign of the economic downturn’s deep impact on the state. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: April 05, 2010
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Business Benefits? Expect A Delay Having celebrated with great fanfare the announcement and departure of the first Hartford-Amsterdam flight, Connecticut's promoters are at once trying to play up the potential of the new connection, while playing down any expectation that it will bear fruit quickly. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 4, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/EconomicDevelopment/htfd_courant_070407.asp

Business Booms, In Spots Hartford's second retail survey yields better news than the data for downtown. Hartford Economic Development Director Mark McGovern provided an update to the downtown survey recently which shows the vacancy rate for retail space is up slightly since last July to 43 percent. The news was much better on Park Street, however, where the retail vacancy rate is just 9.6 percent. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: April 21, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/economicdevelopment/htfd_advocate_042110.asp

Business Closings Reach Record Continuing almost a year-long downward trend, a record number of Connecticut businesses closed their doors during the first half of 2009, while the number of new business starts during that six-month stretch declined. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: July 20, 2009
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Business Closings Reach Record A record number of Connecticut businesses closed their doors during the first quarter of 2009, while the number of new business starts in the state reached their lowest levels in nearly a decade. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: April 20, 2009
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Business Friendly: What Does It Mean For Connecticut? In the mid-1970s, Gov. Ella T. Grasso resisted a strong push by her economic development chief Edward J. Stockton to get on the phone once a week with business executives, just to touch base. Slowly, over the next six to eight months, she warmed to the idea. It later led to breakfasts, lunches and dinners with business executives at the governor's residence. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 27, 2011
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Business Groups: Budget Only Delays Real Pain While Connecticut’s business community didn’t get slammed with many new taxes in the $37.6 billion budget recently passed by Democratic lawmakers, concerns persist about what’s in store for the future. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: September 07, 2009
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Business Improvement District Could Have Huge Payoff In this commentary, Alfred C. Cerullo remarks that this fall, Hartford has a chance to set a new course for itself. If approved by the city council and passed by a special referendum, the establishment of a business improvement district comprising the downtown area and much of Asylum Hill will empower property owners to make a crucial investment in the future of Hartford, setting the city on a path to economic viability. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 6, 2006
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Business Owners Seek Delay Dozens of small-business owners fearing painful tax hikes brought their cause to the city's state legislators recently, asking for a year or two to figure out a better way forward. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 23, 2007
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Businesses Launch $1.2M Improvements By the end of May, downtown and Asylum Hill property owners, are expecting a big bang for the 1 percent tax surcharge they are paying to fund improvements in a newly formed Hartford business improvement district. The results largely rest upon the work of a nine-member security guard unit and a six-member cleaning crew. In addition, 200 new flower planters are being placed throughout the district and a small portion of the budget is being spent for marketing the district. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: May 5, 2007
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Businesses Play Role In Hartford Movie From Oct. 2 -21, 2010, Marty Lang and Gary Ploski shot the independent film, Rising Star, in Hartford. The movie tells the story of an overworked insurance employee who finds online love along an unexpected journey. And Hartford’s business community was invited to play a role. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: September 06, 2010
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Businesses Split Over SustiNet A major divide is forming within the business community over the sweeping health care reform law being proposed in Connecticut. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: January 17, 2011
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Businesses Wary Of State's Fiscal Policies Connecticut's economy has been steadily improving. It's no wonder that other states constantly recruit our companies. We have what others want. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 08, 2013
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Busway Fans, Critics Gather Working to a loudly whooping crowd of construction workers, a half-dozen politicians and labor leaders took turns recently issuing high-energy proclamations that the $569 million busway to Hartford must be built -- and soon. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 12, 2011
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Busway Gains Crucial Federal Funding Declaring that they can deliver thousands of construction jobs and a break from I-84 traffic jams, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and federal officials signed a deal recenty for $275 million in aid for the New-Britain-to-Hartford busway. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 21, 2011
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Busway Key Transit, Economic Link In this opinion piece, the author expresses the opinion that some of the region's largest corporate, educational and hospital employers are investing millions of dollars to improve and expand their operations in Hartford and New Britain. These extraordinary investments demonstrate confidence in the future of Central Connecticut and are critical to job retention and growth in both cities and the region. We must take advantage of these major investments by moving forward with two long-standing transit projects, the Hartford-New Britain busway and the Springfield-Hartford-New Haven rail initiative. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 02, 2010
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Busway's Promise Shown In Cleveland As continued opposition to the Hartford to New Britain busway shows, there is no shortage of skeptics when it comes to mass transit projects. Perhaps Connecticut can better relate to the success of transit in a nearby city that has suffered significant economic decline: Cleveland. In the past few years, however, Cleveland's Euclid Avenue, which was decimated by the social unrest and acute disinvestment of the 1960s, has experienced an improbable rebirth thanks to its new bus rapid transit system, known as BRT. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 11, 2012
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Busway, Rail Line Key Links In Transit Chain In this commentary, Lyle Wray, executive director of the Capitol Region Council of Governments, expresses the opinion that recent commentaries on the New Britain-Hartford busway and the New Haven-Hartford-Springfield commuter rail service present these planned projects as competing alternatives — pick one and drop the other. We need both. These projects, which will serve distinctly different needs, are complementary pieces of a much-needed rapid transit system for the Hartford metropolitan region. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 23, 2009
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Butt Ugly Building First To Go, Capitol West Possibly Next In Hartford, business and civic leaders held a press conference urging the city council to take the eyesore known as the Capitol West building through eminent domain. Published by Capital Region Report, Jeff Cohen @ WNPR ; Publication Date: March 28, 2011
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Butt Ugly Still Standing In the fall of 2008, the Florida-based developer who owns what may be the city's most recognizable eyesore - the Butt Ugly Building at 1161 Main St. -- filed paperwork with the city letting it know of his intent to demolish it. The application for an actual demolition permit could have come in by October. But it never did. In January 2009, a spokeswoman for Robert Danial and his company, Edwards Development, said in an e-mail that the permitting "is being worked on.” Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 19, 2009
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Butt-Ugly Building, Be Gone! The city of Hartford has agreed to sell its parking lot at 1143 Main Street to Providian Builders in the hopes that Providian will enjoin the lot with its next door neighbor, 1161 Main Street, aka the butt-ugly building (formerly the H.B. Davis Store), the six-story white boarded-up behemoth on the west side of Main Street where Main meets Interstate 84. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: November 29 - December 6, 2006
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Butt-Ugly: An End To An Eyesore? The Hartford Courant expresses the opinion that it is with mixed emotions that we greeted the news of the probable demolition of the once-proud structure now unfortunately known as the "Butt-Ugly" building. For the record, the building is not ugly — what happened to it is. The H.B. Davis Building on Main Street in downtown Hartford sits alone, decaying and forlorn near the highway. It was once a serviceable and attractive commercial building, part of a seamless urban fabric stretching from downtown into Clay Hill and the North End. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 26, 2009
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Buyer Closes Purchase For Hartford's Metro Center Office Tower The new owners of Hartford's Metro Center tower have a bullish outlook for the downtown office market, as they take over the 12-story building on Church Street near the train station. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 26, 2013
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Buyers Of Ramada Plaza Are Bullish On Hartford Junny Lee and the group of South Korean real estate investors he represents are bullish on the Hartford market, which is why they purchased the mortgage of the city's Ramada Plaza hotel in 2010. About a year and a half later, after a lengthy foreclosure process, Lee's firm Magilink Group took full control of the property and is planning to invest an undisclosed amount of money to renovate it. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: February 27, 2012
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Buyers Sought For Hartford Steam Boiler The Hartford Steam Boiler and Inspection Co., with its downtown Hartford presence and 383 employees, could be sold as its beleaguered parent company seeks to sell units to repay an $85 billion loan from the federal government. American International Group Inc. hired New York-based investment bank KBW Inc. to find buyers for HSB, said people familiar with the situation. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 09, 2008
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Byword Is: Adaptive Reuse Hartford has half-dozen buildings that could become eyesores if not attended to -- or could become major assets if properly redeveloped. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 07, 2012
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Cabela's Announcement Set For Wednesday Gov. M. Jodi Rell plans to appear with officials from East Hartford, Cabela's and United Technologies Corp.at Rentschler Field to announce an agreement for building the first Cabela's outdoors merchandise store in New England. The officials have been working on the agreement and a financial incentive plan with the state since last summer, when Cabela's said it wanted to build a 200,000-square-foot superstore at Rentschler. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 15, 2006
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Cabela's Hasn't Fulfilled Dreams Cabela's announced recently that it wanted to build its first New England store in East Hartford. The 200,000-square-foot "outdoor experience" store, would be a magnet for tourists and a catalyst for the $2 billion development planned at Rentschler Field, where the University of Connecticut football stadium is already located. However, some question its ability to draw tourists and business based on the experience of another store in Pennsylvania. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 18, 2005
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Cabela's Hiring Riles Labor Chief A union leader recently criticized a decision by Cabela's Inc. to hire an out-of-state company it has used for previous projects to guide construction of its $50 million superstore planned at Rentschler Field in East Hartford. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 20, 2006
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Cabela's To Hire Staff As Opening Nears Looking toward a grand opening in October 2007, Cabela's began interviewing candidates in mid-July for 450 jobs at its new outdoors merchandise store at Rentschler Field. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 10, 2007
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Calculating how much it costs for families to be self-sufficient The Economic Policy Institute has an online Basic Family Budget Calculator. It is calculated for specific metro areas within all states. Currently the data is for 1999, will be updating it soon. Published by Economic Policy Institute ; Publication Date: 2005
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California Developer Breathes New Life Into Troubled Colt Gateway A year ago, Lance Jay Robbins had never even set foot in Hartford. Now, the California developer has taken on the financially troubled Colt Gateway redevelopment project, a massive undertaking that has languished for two years. Robbins, a former real estate lawyer, hopes to finish the $120 million restoration of the former factory complex known for its blue onion dome after the last developer, Homes for America Holdings Inc., ran out of money. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 07, 2009
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Call Ahead To Get A Table Shawn Eddy and his partner, Anne Bell, are trying to turn 24,000 square feet of prime but long dormant downtown Hartford property into a moneymaker. Nine years after the brief run of Corny T's - formerly Spencer's - The Emperor at The Linden restaurant/lounge is open for business at the corner of Main Street and Capitol Avenue in the Linden Building. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 29, 2006
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Can Connecticut Afford to Hand Out $860 Million in Tax Incentives to Businesses Each Year? A new analysis by the New York Times puts the national tab at more than $80 billion a year in state and local taxpayer handouts to businesses. Those include tax breaks, low-interest loans and outright cash giveaways to encourage companies to locate in a particular area or expand there. The NYT estimates Connecticut's share of this "gigantic bill for taxpayers" at a shocking $860 million annually. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: December 11, 2012
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Can Hartford Developer Get Funding? For the past 18 months, developer, Abul A. Islam, has been trying to assemble the financing for the 11-story, 296,000-square-foot, “green” LEED Platinum office/retail building proposed for Constitution Plaza. It is the most promising building project on Hartford's drawing board. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 30, 2010
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Capital and Major Campaigns in Greater Hartford 2008 Report In this document, the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy has compiled information on major and capital fundraising campaigns that are either in Greater Hartford or will be approaching Greater Hartford grantmakers for philanthropic dollars. The report not only provides grantmakers with a picture of what the major development needs are or will be in the community, but also provides an overview for nonprofit organizations contemplating a major campaign. (PDF document, 20 pages) Published by Connecticut Council for Philanthropy ; Publication Date: January 15, 2009
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Capital City Economic Development Authority The Capital City Economic Development Authority's web site contains information and graphics on several downtown development projects that the CCEDA is involved in. The Capital City Economic Development Authority is a quasi-public state agency created in 1998 to manage state investment in the revitalization of Hartford. In conjunction with the Office of Policy and Management and the Department of Public Works, CCEDA oversees construction of the Connecticut Convention Center. CCEDA funded the construction of the University of Connecticut stadium at Rentschler Field, the new downtown campus of Capital City Community College and several downtown housing projects. Published by Capital City Economic Development Authority
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Capital Community College and Hartford Stage: "One Play" Collaborative Continues The Tony award-winning theatre, Hartford Stage, and the city’s only public undergraduate college, Capital Community College, are more than neighbors – they are partners. The two institutions across the street from one another have joined forces to expose students to the world of theatre through a new collaboration dubbed One Play. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: February 02, 2012
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Capital Community College Makes Downtown Come Alive Capital Community College (CCC) is an associate degree and certificate-granting public institution located in the old G. Fox Building on Main Street in downtown Hartford. The College offers 60 degree and certificate programs and workforce training for occupations in demand in Greater Hartford. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: July 18, 2013
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Capital Grille Promises Dining Delights Get ready Hartford, dry-aged steak, premium seafood and a "cellar" full of wine served with top shelf service begins Monday, Sept. 9, 2013. That's when the long-awaited, tony Capital Grille restaurant opens, the newest tenant in Hartford's Front Street entertainment and dining district. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 04, 2013
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Capital Grille To Open Sept. 9 At Front Street The Capital Grille will open at Front Street in Hartford on Sept. 9, the upscale steakhouse chain said recently. The Capital Grille is the second venue to open at Front Street. Last year, Spotlight Theatres Inc. opened a four-screen movie theater. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 15, 2013
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Capitol West Dilemma a Cautionary Exercise In recent years, eminent domain squabbles have become more grandiose, as the government definition of “public use,” or “public benefit,” has expanded to include land-grabs designed to turn over sites to other private parties, who are much prettier and more powerful than the incumbent landowner. The city of Hartford’s initial efforts to flex its eminent domain muscles and snap up Capitol West, the less-than-lovely “office center” in Asylum Hill are in the early stages. What Capitol West represents at the moment is an embarrassment, for city planners and cheerleaders who don’t want a piece of unhappy property on a desirable piece of land, advertising the lack of enthusiasm for development in and near downtown and the Asylum Hill neighborhood. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: May 02, 2011
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Capitol West Eyesore Will Soon Be Gone Under a court-approved settlement announced recently, Hartford will acquire the long-abandoned Capitol West building on Myrtle Street next to I-84 West on the edge of downtown for $1.7 million. The next step will be to tear it down. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 19, 2011
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Capitol West Owner Sues to Block Seizure Attempt The owner of the vacant Capitol West downtown office building has filed suit to block the city of Hartford from seizing the property through eminent domain. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: May 09, 2011
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Carolinas Lead List Of States Wooing Connecticut Manufacturers, Report Says Roughly half of the 211 Connecticut manufacturers answering an industry survey say that at some point they have been invited to move some or all of their business to another state, a report released recently said. The Connecticut Manufacturing Industry Survey said 52 percent of those who participated in the survey reported being approached. The top five states wooing Connecticut companies were, in order, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Florida and Georgia, the survey said. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 03, 2013
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Carrying Carrier For Six Decades In Two Continents Small, family-owned dealerships like the one owned by Ugo DiGrazia are an essential part of Carrier, a $12 billion subsidiary of United Technologies Corp., and for DiGrazia, it's been a 6-decade career on two continents. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 08, 2012
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Cash, Control Spats Meant No Bliss Here The pact to bring Wethersfield’s Bliss Market to downtown Hartford came nearly a year ago amid hoopla, cheers and fanfare. But almost from the very day of the announcement, the deal began its death spiral. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: August 20, 2007
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CCM Analysis of Adopted State Budget for FY 06-07 An analysis of the Connecticut FY 06-07 State Budget by the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM), which focuses on the impact on municipalities, summary of general government aid, summary of education aid, and bonding. (PDF document, 20 pages) Published by Connecticut Conference of Municipalities ; Publication Date: May 15, 2006
Document Link: /issues/wsd/government/budget_analysis_fy06-07_final.pdf

CCM Pushing 5 Key Initiatives For Special Session Wednesday On Jobs In advance of the important special session recently, the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities is proposing five specific intiatives in the hopes of kick-starting the state's sluggish economy. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 24, 2011
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Census Statistics Twisted Recently, statistics on minority-owned businesses have made headlines across the country, creating a picture of progress for Hispanic and African American entrepreneurs. Combined, they seemed to point to the success of scores of government and banking programs designed to help minorities participate in America's economic prosperity. But a close examination of the data reveals that the numbers - while technically accurate - radically contort the picture. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 22, 2006
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CEO Of The Hartford Says Company Is Moving Forward One day after repaying its $3.4 billion federal bailout, The Hartford rolled out a three-year plan to "move forward" with improved brand recognition, efficiency and profits. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 01, 2010
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ChampBoat Grand Prix To Return To Hartford Speed boat racing is set to return to the Connecticut River this summer. The ChampBoat Series said recently that it has reached an agreement with Hartford to return for a weekend of racing in mid-August. The sport drew promising crowds during its first visit in 2006, but the races didn't return the following year. What drew ChampBoat back was the city's riverfront setting and a decision by the Greater Hartford Convention & Visitors Bureau and Riverfront Recapture to take over the event from a private promoter. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 15, 2008
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Chapter Ends For La Paloma The popular coffeehouse and bookstore has closed. The popular neighborhood hangout at the corner of Capitol Avenue and Babcock Street is expected to reopen under new ownership in the spring. Named after an endangered Puerto Rican pigeon, La Paloma failed financially. But in the hearts of Cotto and his three sisters, who shared a dream of opening a place where Latin American literature, culture and artistry could shine, it was a success. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 25, 2007
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Charities Are Hurting in The State; They Are Reorganizing To Survive While state unemployment hovers just under the national average of 9.6 percent, state charities are reorganizing, and sometimes closing altogether. Locally, according to its seventh annual survey of area nonprofit organizations, the United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut's campaign was down by 8 percent — or $2 million — from 2008 to 2009. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 27, 2010
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Charities Want To Launch Businesses Eight local nonprofit organizations, with a common goal of developing a business venture to generate income, are participating in a pilot project funded by the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. Working in partnership with the consulting firm Community Wealth Ventures, the foundation has developed the Hartford Community Wealth Collaborative to teach nonprofit agencies how to develop a business idea into a money-making enterprise. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 14, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/economicdevelopment/htfd_courant_021405.asp Related Link(s): Hartford Foundation for Public Giving

Chasing the American Dream: : Recent College Graduates and the Great Recession This report includes the results of a survey of graduates from four-year colleges and universities from the classes of 2006 through 2011. It documents the difficulties young people encountered as they entered a turbulent labor market and recession. (PDF document, 66 pages) Published by Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey ; Publication Date: May 2012
Document Link: /issues/wsd/EconomicDevelopment/Chasing_American_Dream_Report.pdf

Chasing The Whale To paraphrase Robert Kennedy, others ask why and Howard Baldwin asks why not. Mr. Baldwin, founder and owner of the Hartford Whalers as a young man in the 1970s, has returned to the city to get involved in hockey once again. After years of negotiation, Mr. Baldwin's sports marketing company will take over the business operations of the city's American Hockey League team, the Hartford Wolf Pack. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 25, 2010
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CHFA Chooses Development Team For Downtown Hartford Apartment Project The Connecticut Housing Finance Authority has chosen Lewis and Pearl Street Ventures, a Hartford-based team, to spearhead development for a $40 million project at 95-101 and 111 Pearl St. that would include new apartments and retail space. The team includes: Sanford Cloud Jr., CEO of The Cloud Co., a Hartford real estate development firm; Alan Lazowski, chairman and chief executive of LAZ; Martin J. Kenny, the developer of Trumbull on the Park; and Timothy Henkel, Sr., a Philadelphia-based developer. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 31, 2012
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Cinema City Comes to Parkville CinemaCity, long a favorite of fans of less commercial, foreign and ‘art’ films has moved from the South Meadows neighborhood in Hartford to a new home. CinemaCity filmgoers might be pleasantly surprised visiting the theater’s new home inside the under-appreciated and under-patronized Palace cinema complex on New Park Avenue. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: July 29, 2010
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Cirque del Symphonie Designed To Strike Chord With Young Crowd Like many arts organizations throughout the state, The Hartford Symphony Orchestra has been struggling to stay afloat. But, the symphony will be bursting back into the arts scene with a first of its kind event, Cirque de la Symphonie, aimed at appealing to a demographic it doesn’t normally reach — young people. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: March 22, 2010
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Cirque It to Hartford – Four-Week Run To Fatten Local Wallets Cirque du Soleil isn’t your grandmother’s circus. Its four-week run of Kooza, a performance that blends acrobats and clowns set to unique vocal and instrumental arrangements, is expected to draw more than 85,000 people to Hartford and pour between $1.5 million and $2 million directly into the region’s economy. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: March 31, 2008
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Cities Must Lead Way Back To Prosperity For all of Connecticut's affluence, its economic performance in recent years has been lackluster at best. According to a recent report by the Connecticut Economic Resource Center, the state has fallen far behind in job growth and entrepreneurialism, population growth is slow and young professionals are leaving. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 24, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/Region/htfd_courant_062407.asp

City Construction Increasingly Bad for Business Construction at the Adriaen's Landing site causes financial hardship for existing small businesses on Arch Street. Lack of parking, closed streets and construction vehicles add up to fewer lunchtime patrons. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 17, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/htfd_courant_011705.asp Related Link(s): The Economic Impact of Complementary Components of Adriaen's Landing (PDF Document, 39 Pages) ; Capital City Economic Development Authority (CCEDA)

City Developers Bicker Over Building Two developers, Sam Fingold and Martin J. Kenny, are in debate with city officials over the building on 101 Pearl St. about transforming office building into condominiums. The city maintains that neither developer has legal claim to the building or nearby parking spaces. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 31, 2005
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City Eyesore Prepared for Renovation The Capitol West office building, visible from the westbound Asylum Street exit of I-84, will be renovated and converted to apartments, according to developer Joshua Guttman. Guttman bought the property at a bankruptcy auction last year. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 4, 2005
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City Facing Ten Percent Budget Deficit Next Year The City of Hartford's current budget (2011-2012) is about $547 million, and it's running just a slight deficit. But next year could be much, much worse. As of right now, the city is projecting a $54 million dollar deficit. Published by Capital Region Report, Jeff Cohen @ WNPR ; Publication Date: February 14, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/jcohen_021412.asp

City Government Working for You!, April 2010 A newsletter about city services, Census 2010, and the Plan of Conservation and Development (One City, One Plan), provided by the office of Mayor Eddie A. Perez. (PDF document, 2 pages) Published by City of Hartford, Office of the Mayor ; Publication Date: April 2010
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Government/city_gov_working_for_you_Apr_10.pdf

City Hall Works to Attract Shoppers and Visitors Downtown with Parking Perks With the help of city hall, Hartford is offering several new parking incentives to attract people to businesses and events. But many who park in the city say they are not quite sure what to make of Mayor Pedro Segarra’s initiatives. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: November 02, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/htfd_advocate_110210.asp

City Hopes To Ease Tax Hit When State Buys 2 Buildings The city welcomed the state’s recent announcement that it would buy two Hartford office buildings to consolidate its workforce, but it also is negotiating with the state to lessen the hit on property taxes. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 06, 2013
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City Hotels Are Loss Leaders Convention and tourist business is booming in Greater Hartford. But the city of Hartford is doing worse than ever in capturing those tourist dollars. While hotel occupancy rates skyrocketed in the region, they plummeted in the city. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: July 16, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/hbj_071607.asp

City Landmark Faces Foreclosure The owners of Hartford’s Bushnell on the Park, located in the heart of downtown, have defaulted on a mortgage for part of the landmark property and are currently in the foreclosure process, court documents show. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: August 24, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/economicdevelopment/hbj_082409.asp

City Looks For New Way To Ease Revaluation Pain With Plan A for a one-year tax revaluation delay derailed in the legislature, Hartford officials are scrambling to forge a Plan B that would ease the impact of potentially lethal property-tax increases on the city's small businesses. The city council recently met to discuss a plan that would phase in the property-tax pain on some of the city's business owners over five years. But while the city says its legal interpretation says that such a phase-in would satisfy state law, others are less sure. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 8, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/Taxes/htfd_courant_060807_a.asp

City May Sell Off Parking With limited prospects for filling its estimated $30 million budget hole, the City of Hartford is turning to one of its most reliable revenue generators for a potential solution — parking. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: March 15, 2010
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City Merchants Close Ranks Against Tax Hike In an unprecedented show of solidarity, a coalition of Hartford’s small business owners voted recently to reject a plan that would have saved some – but not all – of them from paying the drastic increase that is expected to be included in their next tax bill. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: June 6 - 13, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/Taxes/htfd_news_060607.asp

City Moves Forward With Plans To Acquire Capitol West The city will move forward with plans to take the long-vacant Capitol West building on Myrtle Street through eminent domain proceedings. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 25, 2011
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City Must Spread Wings Colorful buses will not make Hartford competitive. A new, catchy slogan will not change the business landscape. Successful rebranding and marketing Hartford and its region ultimately demands substance. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, in contrast, is aggressively working to bring new jobs to the state - he has scored three hits on his "First Five" initiative - and change the state's business climate. His commitment to Bioscience Connecticut promises both short-term construction jobs and long-term regional economic expansion. Those initiatives are building a stronger context for Hartford's initiatives. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 07, 2011
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City Negotiating New Location For Homeless Shelter The city of Hartford is negotiating to open a "no freeze" shelter for the homeless in an annex of Center Church in the heart of downtown, but the idea has raised concerns from nearby residents and business owners. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 18, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/homelessness/htfd_courant_111809_1.asp

City Nonprofit Group To Launch Grocery Buying Club Determined to bring grocery shopping to downtown Hartford, the nonprofit group that has renovated the historic building at 410 Asylum St. for housing isn't waiting to find the right operator for a market. Common Ground will soon launch a grocery "buying club" that allows members — primarily downtown residents and workers — to order groceries online and pick them up at a street-level storefront in the building every two weeks or get them delivered. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 13, 2010
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City of Hartford Activity Nodes A map of Hartford showing the locations of activity (e.g. retail, commercial, arts and culture, recreation). (PDF document, 1 page.) Published by City of Hartford, Development Services Department, Planning Division ; Publication Date: May 2006
Document Link: /issues/wsd/economicdevelopment/ActivityNodes18May2006.pdf

City of Hartford Capital Improvement Plan 2009/2010 - 2018/2019 The proposed the ten-year City of Hartford Capital Improvement Plan is presented in to parts: a budget and a description. Published by City of Hartford
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City of Hartford Completed Development Projects 1999 - 2006 A map of Hartford showing the locations of development projects completed from 1999 to 2006. (PDF document, 1 page.) Published by City of Hartford, Development Services Department, Planning Division ; Publication Date: May 2006
Document Link: /issues/wsd/economicdevelopment/Completed2006.pdf

City of Hartford Proposed Development Projects - Public and Private May 2006 A map of Hartford showing the locations of proposed development project, both public and private as of May 2006. (PDF document, 1 page.) Published by City of Hartford, Development Services Department, Planning Division ; Publication Date: May 2006
Document Link: /issues/wsd/economicdevelopment/Metro_Hartford_Alliance_Proposed_20061.pdf

City of Hartford Streetscapes Projects May 2006 A map of Hartford showing the locations of streetscape projects as of May 2006. (PDF document, 1 page.) Published by City of Hartford, Development Services Department, Planning Division ; Publication Date: May 2006
Document Link: /issues/wsd/economicdevelopment/Streetscapes52006.pdf

City of Hartford Transportation System May 2006 A map of Hartford showing the transportation routes - roads, highways, railroads, streets. (PDF document, 1 page.) Published by City of Hartford, Development Services Department, Planning Division ; Publication Date: May 2006
Document Link: /issues/wsd/economicdevelopment/CityOfHtfdTransportationMay2006.pdf

City Plan Goes to the Neighborhoods Over 100 people from the Asylum Hill, Parkville and West End neighborhoods crowded into United Methodist Church on Farmington Avenue recently to hear about – and comment – on the City of Hartford’s proposed Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD 2020). The POCD will guide city planning for the next 10 years. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: February 11, 2010
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City Ready To Pull Plug On Plaza Mayor City officials are about to terminate their support for the stalled $32 million mixed-use Plaza Mayor project intended to serve as the gateway to Park Street unless the developers secure financing and submit final plans for approval. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: July 20, 2009
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City Seeks Buyer For 4-Acre Main Street Parcel Hartford officials announced June 1st that they would like to sell the 4-acre plot of land at 1450 Main Street for roughly $260,000 for “mixed development.” Officials feel the type of development, whether residential, commercial, or retail should be flexible. Responses are due no later than July 29th. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 2, 2005
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City Seeks Time To Ease Tax Burden With hundreds of small businesses facing sharp tax increases, Hartford's city council has asked the state legislature for help. Not for money, but for time. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 22, 2007
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City Starting Over On Park Street The city of Hartford and local developer Carlos Lopez are moving back to square one following the city’s tabling of Lopez’s ambitious $32 million Park Street neighborhood project known as Plaza Mayor. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: October 19, 2009
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City Steam Brewery Cafe Expanding, May Take Brews Wholesale In 1992, veteran Hartford restaurateur Jay DuMond wasn't sure the city was ready for the brew pub craze that was sweeping east from California. So he hesitated for five years before opening City Steam Brewery Cafe in the historic Richardson Building on Main Street with co-owner Wallace Ronald. Eleven years and dozens of designer brands later, having survived the inevitable shakeout that thinned the frothy micro industry, he is expanding his operations. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 07, 2008
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City Steps Into The Future The Connecticut Convention Center officially opened June 2nd with a 1,200 person breakfast, lunch, 550 exhibition booths, and a well-received speech by Governor M. Jodi Rell. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 3, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/htfd_courant_060305.asp

City Tax Plan Resolves Nothing The City Council recently passed a resolution forming a task force to study Hartford's property tax mess and fix it. Small business leaders have already rejected the plan. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: August 30, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/taxes/htfd_advocate_083007.asp

City To Enforce Store Ordinance The city will start cracking down on convenience stores that haven't obtained a permit to stay open between 11:30 p.m. and 5 a.m., city officials said recently. In response to citywide complaints from residents that convenience stores were staying open all night and causing problems — some criminal, some not — the city council unanimously passed an ordinance in May 2007 that a $100 city permit would be required to stay open 24 hours. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 12, 2008
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City to Help Fund Capewell Project In an effort to ensure that the conversion of the historic Capewell Horse Nail Factory into condominiums continues, the city is planning to put up about $2 million while the project's developer assembles the rest of his financing. The city would have first right to take over the property should the current developers fail. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 31, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/htfd_courant_083105.asp

City Wants To Demolish Decayed Building, Site Planned For Redevelopment The crumbling H.B. Davis Building’s days are numbered — finally — city officials said. The city is moving to purchase the five-story structure at 1161 Main St., a parcel declared part of a redevelopment area early in 2009. The designation allows the city to acquire properties and sell them to developers. If talks go smoothly, the structure, known widely as the "Butt Ugly Building," could be purchased by the end of 2009 and demolished soon after. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 21, 2009
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City Will End Tax Break for Bond Hotel Developer The city is so frustrated with the lack of progress in renovations at the old Bond Hotel on Asylum Street that it is moving officially to end the seven-year tax-break agreement it had with the property's owner. The owner is in the process of converting the historic hotel into a Homewood Suites extended-stay hotel, but an agreement signed with the city said he was to have completed the project by March 2005 Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 13, 2005
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City's Budget Shortfall Expected To Grow To $54M In 2012-13 The city is facing a roughly $3.8 million shortfall for the current fiscal year, and a projected $54.4 million deficit for 2012-13, David Panagore, the city's chief operating officer, said during a special meeting at city hall. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 08, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_courant_020812.asp

City's Job Losses 'Urgent' Mayor Perez met with corporate leaders recently because he has grown increasingly troubled by accelerating losses of insurance, brokerage and other financial services jobs in Hartford. He laid the groundwork for beginning to build a plan to stanch the bleeding of financial services jobs from Hartford. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 19, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/economicdevelopment/htfd_courant_111905.asp

City's Starring Role Hartford takes a starring role in a new independent film being made on location in the city. City and state film officials have endorsed the production. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 18, 2011
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City, Businesses Share Vision A plan called Hartford 2010 has goals big and small, from turning huge swaths of downtown real estate into a nationally marketed site for major development to transforming a North End criss-cross of roads into a nexus of neighborhood retail. But just as significant as the details of the vision is the fact that the city and its business leaders share it. Together, they say, they can better sell the city. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 5, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/DowntownDevelopment/htfd_courant_060507.asp

CityPlace I Land Deal Backed By Hartford City Council The sale of city-owned land where downtown Hartford’s CityPlace I tower is located was backed by the city council recently, clearing the way for the sale of the tower. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 28, 2012
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CityPlace I Sale Delayed As City Sells Land The purchase of Hartford's CityPlace I by a Newton, Mass.-based real estate investment trust was expected to close by the end of 2011, but a land deal has held up the sale. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 01, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/htfd_courant_020112.asp

CityPlace I To Receive $49 Million In Financing With the loss of its major tenant, MetLife, last year, the owners of CityPlace I in downtown Hartford faced not only the prospect of a half-empty skyscraper, but other serious problems, as well, including a $2.4 million, past-due property tax bill. The vacancy in the city's tallest tower will be plugged by UnitedHealth Group, and now the building's owners have secured $49 million in financing that has paid the tax bill for the 38-story, marquee tower. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 18, 2009
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CityPlace Office Tower In Hartford For Sale Downtown Hartford's CityPlace office tower — the tallest building in Connecticut — is for sale. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 24, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/htfd_courant_062411.asp

CityPlace Tower In Hartford Is Soon To Have New Owner Hartford's CityPlace office tower — the tallest building in Connecticut — is close to getting a new owner. CommonWealth REIT, based in Newton, Mass., has agreed to pay $99 million for the 38-story building and is expected to close the purchase by the end of this year, according to regulatory filings and a source familiar with the deal. CityPlace went on the market in June without an asking price. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 07, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/htfd_courant_120711.asp

Citywide WiFi Plan Shelved Nearly three years after Mayor Eddie Perez promised with fanfare to provide free wireless Internet access citywide by 2009, city officials have quietly tabled the plan. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: July 14, 2008
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Civic Center's Fate In Focus The effort to build a new sports and entertainment arena in Hartford took a small step forward recently, as a bill to study the matter made its way to a legislative public hearing of the state's commerce committee. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 14, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/DowntownDevelopment/htfd_courant_031407.asp

Civic's Out: Now It's The XL Center XL is no longer just a jersey size in Hartford sports. The two letters will anchor a new name for the Hartford Civic Center under an agreement to sell the naming rights of the landmark venue to XL Insurance. "Hartford" will disappear from the name, and the familiar "Civic Center" moniker will no longer apply. Instead, the facility — including the 16,500-seat arena and an exhibition hall — will become the XL Center under a six-year deal. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 18, 2007
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Closing the Achievement Gap: Early Reading Success and Connecticut’s Economic Future This report provides a close look at what we want children to know and be able to do as young readers and as members of Connecticut’s future workforce. In order to close the gap, state policymakers, school administrators, teachers, and parents must work together to implement coherent educational policies and practices. (PDF document, 32 pages) Published by Connecticut Association for Human Services ; Publication Date: September 2010
Document Link: /issues/wsd/education/CAHS_ClosingGap.pdf

Closure Of Second Southington Office Of The Hartford Will Shift 600 More Workers The Hartford, ramping up the consolidation of its workforce in Connecticut as it cuts costs, will now close a second location in Southington, relocating a total of 1,100 workers to offices closer to the company's Hartford headquarters. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 07, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/economicdevelopment/htfd_courant_100709.asp

Coach’s Sports Tavern Has Closed, Or Has It? Coach’s Sports Tavern on Ann Street in downtown Hartford has closed, if you listen to a message on its answering machine dated Sunday, September 30, 2012. But, John A. Dellafera the permittee on the bar’s liquor permit, said there was a “50/50” chance the bar would remain open. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 02, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/htfd_courant_100212.asp

Coalition Protests Trinity Project A coalition of contractors, union and business leaders have accused Trinity College of not using enough local and minority-owned businesses on a new $20 million sports complex. A Trinity spokeswoman said Trinity went with the lowest construction bidder. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 2, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/economicdevelopment/htfd_courant_080205.asp

Coburn & Meredith Leaves Hartford For Simsbury, Glastonbury Sites After keeping shop at seven different locations in downtown Hartford over a span of 75 years, investment firm Coburn & Meredith is moving out of the city and into the suburbs, where the parking is free but walking-distance lunch spots are much more limited. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 03, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/htfd_courant_110309.asp

Cold In The Shadow Of The Rising Star It's a tale of two cities, and they're both called Hartford. One is a Rising Star with a colossal new convention center; the other is a mecca for porn outlets, drugs and the homeless. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 17, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/Homelessness/htfd_courant_121706.asp

College Promise Turning Schools, Town Around In this editorial, the Courant supports the efforts of State Representative Kelvin Roldan to establish Connecticut Promise Zones, modeled on an innovative program from Kalamazoo, Michigan, which provides full college scholarships to residents who meet requirements. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 27, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/education/htfd_courant_022708.asp

Colleges Offer Lesson In City Revitalization In this opinion piece, the author suggests that UConn can build up its urban image by moving entities such as its urban and community studies program and transportation institute into Hartford, where they'll benefit from being in an urban environment. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 19, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/htfd_courant_041909.asp

Colonials Nudging Hartford Toward Being a Sports City Hartford may be the insurance capital of the world, the third largest metropolis in New England and home to the oldest publicly funded park in America, but there’s one thing it definitely is not. A professional sports town. As the Hartford Colonials prepare to start their second season of UFL football and bring four home games to Rentschler Field, a handful of people from around the state see reason to hope Hartford is on the road to becoming a professional sports town. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: July 04, 2011
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Colt Gateway A historic success after going through a series of developers, the vast area that comprises Colt Gateway is moving along well. With its mix of schools; Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, Two River's High School and the River Street School, businesses like Foley Carrier in the South Armory and Insurity in the Saw Tooth building and its current 50 occupied apartments, there is lots of life in Coltsville. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: August 29, 2013
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Colt Headed for Failure? Critics of Colt Gateway developer Robert MacFarlane say all his projects run aground and his company is in debt. But MacFarlane says his project is on track. An investigation by the Advocate has revealed the money problems at Colt Gateway — the renovation of Sam and Elizabeth Colt's 19th century firearms factory into commercial and residential space — appear to be far worse than the developer has disclosed. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: November 01, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/htfd_advocate_110107.asp

Colt Lives Yet another developer faces the challenge of reviving Hartford's Colt project. When Robert MacFarlane, chief executive officer of Homes for America Holdings, took over Hartford's crumbling Colt factory in 2002, he promised two things. Colt would be reborn as a residential and retail anchor for the city. MacFarlane is 0 for 2. He has been eased out of ownership in Colt by a new developer — Lance Robbins of Los Angeles-based Urban Smart Growth — and Colt is still far from reborn, although MacFarlane at least kept it on life support. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: April 07, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/htfd_advocate_040709.asp

Coltsville Historic District Gains U.S. Designation The Coltsville Historic District in Hartford, where Samuel Colt made industrial history manufacturing firearms, has reached the end of its years-long quest to be included among the country's National Historic Landmarks. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 15, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/history/htfd_courant_101508.asp

Coltsville National Park Visitor Experience Study This study describes the Places, People, and Partners associated with the effort to create a National Park in the National Historic Landmark District in Hartford, Connecticut, known as Coltsville. (PDF document, 61 pages) Published by Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation ; Publication Date: December, 2008
Document Link: /issues/wsd/history/Coltsville_Visitor_Experience_Study.pdf

Coltsville Struggles, But Still On Track In this editorial, the Hartford Courant expresses the opinion that the Coltsville industrial complex in Hartford's South Meadows is showing several positive signs for the restoration and mixed-use development of the complex. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 29, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/history/htfd_courant_082910_1.asp

Coltsville Study A Road Map To National Park Status Although a newly released federal study concludes that the Coltsville Historic District does not qualify now to become a national park, supporters said recently it provides a road map to reach the goal. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 02, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/economicdevelopment/htfd_courant_120209.asp

Coltsville Suffers Setback In Bid To Be National Park The drive to designate the former Colt factory complex as a national park suffered what supporters called a minor setback recently when a bill that would have formally started the process failed in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill, introduced in April 2010 by U.S. Rep. John B. Larson, would have established several criteria for the Coltsville industrial village to become a national park. A member of Larson's staff said that he intends to reintroduce the bill as soon as possible. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 23, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/history/htfd_courant_092310.asp

Coltsville's Big Moment This Hartford Courant editorial expresses the opinion that we should not permit economic jitters to overshadow a momentous achievement. The development became official recently when U.S. Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne signed off on Hartford's Coltsville Historic District as a National Historic Landmark. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 19, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/economicdevelopment/htfd_courant_101908.asp

Coltsville's Big Shot This is a pivotal moment for Coltsville, the former factory town in south Hartford developed by 19th-century industrialist Samuel Colt. It has the momentum to become a major destination for visitors and an economic engine for the region. A new developer, Lance J. Robbins of Urban Smart Growth, is poised to take over rehabilitation of the iconic factory complex, which has been mired in financial uncertainty. At the same time, an extensive study of the feasibility of locating a national park there is ready to be submitted to the National Park Service. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 07, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/economicdevelopment/htfd_courant_120708.asp

Coltsville's Inspiring History Deserves Recognition In this editorial, the Hartford Courant expresses the opinion that the Colt Dome in Hartford represents an important part of Connecticut's rich history. It is a historic opportunity to create a prosperous future. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 24, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/parks/htfd_courant_072411.asp

Coltsville: More Than Just Bricks And Mortar Amid the push by state legislators to establish a National Historical Park in the Coltsville Historic District, local and state officials met the U.S. secretary of Interior to tour the building and grounds and discuss the steps needed to propel the project forward. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 24, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/htfd_courant_092411.asp

Coming of Old Age in America Political, economic, educational and cultural changes in Connecticut, New England and the country are examined based on U.S. Census projections. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 21, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/economicdevelopment/htfd_courant_042105.asp Related Link(s): Population Pyramids by State

Coming Soon: Hartford's Front Street Movie Theater Headed To Early November Opening It's nearly show time at the 4-screen movie theater now under construction at downtown Hartford's Front Street entertainment district. Spotlight Theaters, Inc. of Atlanta, which is planning an opening by early November, is making a $4 million bet that the combination of movies, restaurant and bar will provide all the ingredients for a complete evening out. It also believes its offering of independent, art and mainstream films will be enough to draw not only patrons who live downtown but those from the surrounding suburban area. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 21, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/htfd_courant_092112.asp

Commentary: My 10-Year Plan for Hartford Anton Rick Ossen offers his own 10-year plan for Hartford, and it starts with transportation. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: December 10, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/transportation/htfd_news_121009.asp

Commercial Laundry Destroyed By Fire In Hartford Shortly after 11 p.m. Friday, October 3, 2008, when an employee of the Sunshine Laundry Co. drove by the business at 739 Maple Ave., everything was quiet. About a half-hour later, the building was engulfed in flames, destroyed by the fast-moving fire. On Saturday, October 4, 2008, near the smoldering ruins, the building's co-owner said he and his son plan to rebuild and reopen the business as soon as possible. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 05, 2008
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Commercial Printers Look Back, and Forward, As Another Firm Closes Lebon Press, a Hartford commercial printer since 1924, is closing, another casualty of the decline of the printing industry in a tough economy. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 28, 2013
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Commercial Sites' Costs Boost Economy Erecting a new office tower or shopping center can grab the headlines as construction vehicles crawl over a site for weeks or months, marshaled by platoons of workers. But once they leave, new commercial development can add millions of dollars to the economy just by being there - not even considering the business that goes on inside the buildings. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 3, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/EconomicDevelopment/htfd_courant_070307.asp

Commitment To Kids Society's Support For Child Care Just Isn't Cutting It Compensation for child-care workers is far too low across the country, and the federal budget released this week - with cuts in all domestic social services - is likely to make matters worse. Connecticut's Child Health and Development Institute laid out the issue in a report called "Shaping Young Lives," published in November. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 9, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/FamiliesandChildren/htfd_courant_020906.asp

Common Ground, Inc. and the Former Swift Factory Site: Potential for a Community Land Trust in Hartford This thesis, written by Heather Brandon for the Master of Arts in Public Policy, Trinity College, Hartford, suggests various organizational models for the redevelopment of the former Swift factory, a vacant building on 2.6 acres in the Northeast Hartford neighborhood . (PDF document, 73 pages) Published by Trinity College, Hartford, CT ; Publication Date: May 2011
Document Link: /issues/wsd/EconomicDevelopment/Heather_Brandon_thesis.pdf

Community Colleges Provide Second Chance Rick Green writes that what unemployed Connecticut residents are finding — at a community college — is a lesson for the entire state as Connecticut struggles to maintain a skilled workforce. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 28, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/economicdevelopment/htfd_courant_072809.asp

Companies Put Survival, Workers Ahead Of Competition As he watched news reports of the fire that destroyed Bruce Johnston's Sunshine Laundry on the first Friday in October 2008 in Hartford, Jim Reiner remembered a flood of his family business, Mayflower Laundry & Drycleaning Co. Back in 1979, Sunshine took in Mayflower's work for two weeks. Even as the fire smoldered in October, Reiner invited Johnston to move Sunshine to Mayflower's plant. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 08, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/economicdevelopment/htfd_courant_010809.asp

Competition Heats Up At CT Concert Venues As the rich get richer, Connecticut's entertainment venues are vying for a bigger slice of the summer concert market, trying to broaden their brand with audiences and artists. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: May 20, 2013
Document Link: /issues/documents/artsandculture/hbj_052013.asp

Concert Business Goes South Instead of returning to Hartford, where he played to a sold-out civic center in 2006, Billy Joel struck a deal with Mohegan Sun to play 10 concerts at the casino’s much smaller arena this summer. While Mohegan Sun guaranteed him a take comparable to playing a sold-out XL Center — formerly known as the Hartford Civic Center — there were other incentives too. And a combination of factors helps explain why the older civic center is losing out as the concert industry goes south to the state’s Native American casinos, Foxwoods or Mohegan Sun. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: August 04, 2008
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Conflicting Economic Forecasts for 2011 Recently, two economic forecasts for what will happen in Connecticut in 2011 were announced, one bullish and one bleak. Connecticut's unemployment in 2011 will remain right where it is now, on average, at 9.1 percent, according to Fairfield University economist Ed Deak. University of Connecticut economists disagree, with what they call a bullish forecast for 2011 followed by modest growth in 2012. From October 2010 to October 2012, they believe, there will be 38,500 jobs added in Connecticut, and the pace will be twice as fast in 2011 as in 2012. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 18, 2010
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Confusion Reigns at Colt Colt Gateway developers want $14 million from the state or the Colt project will collapse. They say they are meeting with the state. The state says no meetings have taken place. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: October 04
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Conn. Communities' 2010 Financial Outlook Is Grim The economic nose dive is driving Connecticut communities this year to slash services, lay off employees and raise taxes. By next spring, could these look like the good old days? While they struggle to balance their books through the worst year in memory, municipal and school leaders are also looking ahead to 2010 — and their projections are grim. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 15, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_courant_041509.asp

Connecticut Businesses Closing At Record Pace A record-breaking 6,944 Connecticut businesses closed in the first half of 2009, the largest number of companies to call it quits since the state began keeping records in 2000, according to data released recently by Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 21, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/economicdevelopment/htfd_courant_072109.asp

Connecticut Convention Center Contract Sparks Controversy The Waterford Hotel Group already is a big player in Hartford hospitality: It manages the three largest downtown hotels and the convention center in the city. So when Waterford won a contract late last year to exclusively market events at the convention center, other hotels competing for convention business in an already slow market cried foul: Waterford would get an unfair competitive advantage. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 10, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/htfd_courant_071010.asp

Connecticut Economic Outlook August 2007: Is Connecticut Doing So Well? A Tale of Two Economies Connecticut had a phenomenal first quarter of 2007, as measured by personal income, with growth of $6.1 billion. If you believe that we will continue to enjoy such high growth, the state’s economy will grow strongly and Connecticut’s total employment will finally surpass its levels of seven and eighteen years ago. But that big surge came from financial services, a highly volatile sector, probably driven by mergers, buyouts, and leveraged financial activities. If this is a short-term “blip,” then Connecticut’s economy will enjoy only modest growth and employment will only sneak by its previous highs by the end of 2009. So which economy are we in? (PDF document, 6 pages) Published by The Hartford Courant
Document Link: /issues/wsd/EconomicDevelopment/Quarter_Forecast_8-07.pdf

Connecticut Economic Outlook, August 2009, No Jobs Recovery? In this report, economists from the Connecticut Center for Economic Analysis suggests that the reasonably strong national economic growth created by the federal stimulus package is insufficient to generate new jobs in Connecticut through the forecast period, which ends in the second quarter of 2011. (PDF document, 7 pages) Published by Connecticut Center for Economic Analysis ; Publication Date: August 2009
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Employment/wsd_083109.asp

Connecticut Economic Outlook, February 2010, No Jobs Recovery! This edition of the Connecticut Economic Outlook suggests that there is a "no jobs" recovery in sight. The state’s economy has undergone a critical structural change as the degree of outsourcing—whether to other states or abroad—has grown quickly for more than a decade; the result is that even strong growth in total output may not translate into rapid improvement in employment. Published by Connecticut Center for Economic Analysis ; Publication Date: February 2010
Document Link: /issues/wsd/economicdevelopment/wsd_02_2010.asp

Connecticut Economic Strategic Plan In this document, the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) has formulated an economic plan to promote Connecticut’s industries and help workers successfully innovate and compete in the global economy. Published by Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development ; Publication Date: September 2009
Document Link: /issues/wsd/EconomicDevelopment/wsd_102809.asp

Connecticut Economy: Another Round Of Un-Recovery The next 18 months will be dismal, the executive editor of The Connecticut Economy predicts, headlining his forecast "another round of un-recovery." This forecast is a sharp change of heart for Steve Lanza, who just three months ago projected the state would add jobs at a pace of about 12,000 between the summer of 2012 and the summer of 2013. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 17, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/economicdevelopment/htfd_courant_091712.asp

Connecticut Equestrian and Exhibition Center Project Ebony Horsewomen have proposed the development of an equestrian center at Keney Park in Hartford. Collected here are a variety of documents, plans, and press coverage of the issue. Published by Hartfordinfo.org
Document Link: /issues/wsd/EconomicDevelopment/wsd_ebony_horsewomen.asp

Connecticut Expo Center Has An Interested Buyer The Connecticut Expo Center LLC may soon have new ownership. A spokeswoman for the Expo Center, on Rev. Moody Overpass, said recently that someone has made an offer on the building, which has been for sale for three years. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 13, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/economicdevelopment/htfd_courant_081311.asp

Connecticut Fares Badly In Rise of Working Poor In 2011, there were 83,000 families in Connecticut with children living at home and an adult working — but with income under 200 percent of the federal poverty level, a new report shows. That was 21 percent of the 389,000 families with children and jobs — making Connecticut the fifth-lowest state by that measure of the working poor. But it was up from 16 percent in 2007, making Connecticut one of the nine fastest-growing states when it comes to the percent of working families at 200 percent of poverty, a crucial measure of low income. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 22, 2013
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/htfd_courant_012213.asp

Connecticut Fiscal Facts This brief finds that sufficient revenues are essential to Connecticut's economic future, that Connecticut's revenues are low to average and have room to grow, that tax cuts funded by a temporary surplus should be rejected, and that tax changes should be evaluated in accordance with National Conference of State Legislature principles for a high quality revenue system. (PDF file, 2 pages) Published by Connecticut Voices for Children ; Publication Date: February 8, 2006
Document Link: /issues/wsd/taxes/fiscal_facts_06.pdf

Connecticut Freight Lines See Federal Aid Passing Them By The state won't learn until mid-September whether it will get a slice of $600 million in new competitive federal transportation grants, but the share for Connecticut's freight rail system is guaranteed — zero. State transportation officials said in 2009 that the freight lines need nearly $110 million in federal aid to stay competitive, but they skipped the rail system altogether when recommending projects for a new round of Investment Generating Economic Recovery grants. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 18, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/education/htfd_courant_071810.asp

Connecticut Gained 13,600 Jobs in 2010, More Than Double The Amount Originally Reported Connecticut's economy gained 13,600 jobs in 2010, a new report showed, more than twice the increase that earlier monthly surveys had suggested. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 10, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/economicdevelopment/htfd_courant_031011.asp

Connecticut Hotel and Restaurant Association Show Thousands of industry employees, restaurant owners, hospitality students and a sprinkling of public officials recently attended the annual meeting and dinner of the Connecticut Restaurant and Lodging Association which was recently held at the Connecticut Convention Center. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: November 8 - 15, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/EconomicDevelopment/htfd_news_110806.asp

Connecticut House Sales In 2011: Lowest In A Generation Connecticut's house sales in 2011 sank to their lowest level since at least the mid-1980s, dropping below even the levels of the devastating housing recession that gripped New England in the early 1990s. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 01, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/housing/htfd_courant_020112.asp

Connecticut Housing Trust Fund for Economic Growth & Opportunity Web Site State Treasurer Denise L. Nappier has proposed the establishment of a $100 million Housing Trust Fund for Economic Growth & Opportunity that could result in an additional $1.4 billion in private sector and public funds devoted to creating additional housing throughout the state over the next 10 years. Published by Office of the State of Connecticut Treasurer ; Publication Date: 2005
Document Link: /Issues/wsd/Housing/wsd_2005_b.asp

Connecticut In An Economic Headlock Connecticut’s economy is in trouble according to a report from the Bureau of Economic Analysis which showed that the state was dead last in economic growth in 2012. This was the only state in the nation where the combined value of goods and services produced shrank compared with 2011. Investments in education and transportation will help in the long term. But the state needs creative. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 07, 2013
Document Link: /issues/documents/economicdevelopment/htfd_courant_060713_2.asp

Connecticut Insurance & Financial Services Cluster: Shared Action for Growth This presentation summarizes the missions and strategies of Connecticut Insurance & Financial Services Cluster, which seeks to build a collaboration of business, educational, and governmental agencies to enhance the competitive strength of Connecticut insurance and financial companies. (PDF file, 13 pages) Published by Connecticut Insurance and Financial Services Cluster ; Publication Date: October 2006
Document Link: /issues/wsd/economicdevelopment/IFS_cluster.pdf

Connecticut Job Growth Stalls, According To New State Labor Reports The state Department of Labor's latest snapshot of Connecticut's economy is blurry. Some of the data released recently show the state treading water, with no net job creation in the past year. Other data in the reports seem brighter. Although 147,100 people are still looking for work, their numbers are 25,300 lower than they were a year ago. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 17, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/employment/htfd_courant_051712.asp

Connecticut Job Numbers Fall By 4,100 Connecticut continues to lose more jobs than it adds, as cutbacks at public schools, in city and local government and at the casinos swamp the job growth in retail, restaurants and health care. In June, the number of jobs fell by 4,100, according to a preliminary estimate of job trends from the state Department of Labor. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 21, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/economicdevelopment/htfd_courant_072111.asp

Connecticut Loses 14,300 Jobs In February In February 2009, 14,300 Connecticut workers lost their jobs, the largest monthly drop in nearly 15 years. The decline brings Connecticut's job loses to 52,000 over the past 12 months, or 3 percent of the state's total labor force, according to a report released recently by the state Department of Labor. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 27, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/economicdevelopment/htfd_courant_032709.asp

Connecticut MetroPatterns - English Connecticut Metropatterns contains the analysis and policy recommendations of Myron Orfield and the Metropolitan Area Research Corporation (MARC). Sponsored by the CenterEdge Coalition. (PDF file, 52 pages) Published by Metropolitan Area Research Corporation ; Publication Date: 2003
Document Link: /issues/wsd/SmartGrowth/CT_Metropatterns_English.pdf

Connecticut Must Fix Business Climate Though the nation's economic woes continue to linger, Connecticut residents have been treated to seemingly good news over the course of the last several weeks on the jobs front. Major employers Electric Boat and Frito-Lay have both announced plans to expand in the Nutmeg State, while medical device maker EpiEP Inc. signaled its intention to move to Connecticut from Virginia and East Hartford-based Oakleaf Waste Management is adding 40 jobs as it expands and plans a move to Windsor . Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 10, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/region/htfd_courant_071010.asp

Connecticut Must Get Commuter Rail Service On Track Rick Green expresses the opinion that although Governor Rell is committed to getting commuter rail service up and going in Connecticut, the process needs to be put on the fast track. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 19, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/transportation/htfd_courant_121908.asp

Connecticut Patrones Metropolitanos - en Español Connecticut Metropatterns contains the analysis and policy recommendations of Myron Orfield and the Metropolitan Area Research Corporation (MARC). Sponsored by the CenterEdge Coalition. (PDF file, 52 pages) Published by Metropolitan Area Research Corporation ; Publication Date: 2003
Document Link: /issues/wsd/SmartGrowth/CT_Metropatterns_Spanish.pdf

Connecticut Ready to Go: CCM Survey on Municipal Infrastructure Projects That Are Ready to Go This report compiles the responses so far to a CCM survey in which municipalities were asked for projects that are “ready-to-go” but, because of a lack of funding, are unable to move forward. The projects on this list include a wide range of infrastructure projects that will benefit our state -- from road and bridge projects to mass transit to fiber optic/broadband. (PDF Document, 22 pages) Published by Connecticut Conference of Municipalities ; Publication Date: December 2008
Document Link: /issues/wsd/EconomicDevelopment/ready_to_go.pdf

Connecticut Rebound: Higher-Paying Jobs Start To Stir The strong hiring across the country and in Connecticut last month came as a relief, but the mix of jobs being created shouldn't be forgotten in the glow of the good news. In Connecticut from 2010 until April, the job gains were disproportionately in temp agency hires and retail, which are largely low-wage, and in health care, which carries a mix of pay levels. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 22, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/employment/htfd_courant_052211.asp

Connecticut Science Center Readies For Opening In A Few Weeks The Connecticut Science Center is set to open on June 16, 2009. It's a mad rush to finish the building with the sweeping roof, as exhibits — built elsewhere, assembled here — are taking shape, but aren't yet entirely assembled. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 26, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/htfd_courant_052609.asp

Connecticut Should Boost Biotech In this opinion piece, the author, an economist, writes that “jobs, jobs, jobs” is the political chant of this election season. But Connecticut has a dismal 20-year record on job growth. Fewer people are employed today than in 1989. The Great Recession merely exacerbated an already bad record. We must address this economic malaise with aggressive state action to preserve existing jobs and to drive job creation in strategic areas. None holds more promise than life sciences and biotechnology. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 31, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/economicdevelopment/htfd_courant_103110.asp

Connecticut Vacancies Grow Even as Homeownership Rate Rises In the past decade, when homeownership fell nationally by the largest margin since the Great Depression, from 66.2 percent to 65.9 percent, Connecticut's homeownership rate increased. In 2000, 66.8 percent of Connecticut's lived-in houses and condos were owner-occupied. In 2010, the percentage was 67.5. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 06, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/homeownership/htfd_courant_100611.asp

Connecticut's A Tough Environment For Small Businesses Stan Simpson writes about Pat Robertson's Bloomfield service and gas station on Blue Hills Avenue extension. It has been around for 36 years. But he tells you, point blank, that if he were starting the family business from scratch today, he wouldn't make it. Heck, he's barely making it now. So, no, it's no surprise to Robertson that Connecticut has seen a record number of new businesses shut down in the first half of 2009. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 22, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/economicdevelopment/htfd_courant_072209_1.asp

Connecticut's Clean Economy Behind, But Catching Up Connecticut ranks 29th in the overall size of its clean or "green" economy, according to a Brookings Institution report released recently. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 13, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/environment/htfd_courant_071311.asp

Connecticut's Economic Trend Worst In Nation A report from the Bureau of Economic Analysis shows that Connecticut was last in economic growth last year, the only state in the nation where the combined value of goods and services produced shrank compared with 2011. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 07, 2013
Document Link: /issues/documents/economicdevelopment/htfd_courant_060713.asp

Connecticut's Income Disparity Shows Rapid Growth The income gap between Connecticut's richest and poorest families has grown at a faster pace in the last 20 years than any other state, according to a report issued today by Connecticut Voices for Children. During the same period, income disparity between the state's middle-income and richest families also grew at a faster pace than any other state, the advocacy group's report said. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 09, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/familiesandchildren/htfd_courant_040908.asp

Connecticut's Insurance Industry: Economic Impacts and Contributions This study is part of an ongoing effort to quantify the impact of the insurance industry on the economy and, ultimately, on the quality of life in the state of Connecticut by Insure Connecticut's Future and the Connecticut Insurance and Financial Services Cluster. (PDF file, 48 pages) Published by Connecticut Economic Resource Center ; Publication Date: December 2006
Document Link: /issues/wsd/economicdevelopment/IFS_Impact_Study_12-06.pdf

Connecticut's Jobless Rate Hits 8.9 Percent In December Connecticut's unemployment rate hit its highest point yet in the recession in December 2009, spiking to 8.9 percent, according to a state report released recently. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 22, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/employment/htfd_courant_012210.asp

Connecticut's Open Season On Business In this opinion piece, the author suggests that those of us in the business community can still hear January's echoes as the new administration declared, "Connecticut, open for business." Well here we are just about to enter June and somewhere along the way that message has faded away. You have to wonder whether that grand proclamation was sincere or just a veiled cover for what has become our reality. Because the message we're living now is, "Connecticut, open season on business." Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 28, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/taxes/htfd_courant_052811.asp

Connecticut's Unemployment At 15-Year High The unemployment rate in Connecticut rose to 6.6 percent in November, the highest level in 15 years, the state Department of Labor reported recently. The state lost 5,100 jobs last month, a figure that rivals the monthly losses of August 2000, when the state lost 5,300 jobs, and October 2002, when the state lost 4,800 jobs, both as a result of the last recession, which began in mid-2000 and lasted through 2003. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 19, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/employment/htfd_courant_121908.asp

Connecticut’s Challenge: Preparing Our Workforce – Strengthening Our Community Colleges This report examines the important role Connecticut community colleges play in preparing adult workers for the jobs of the future. It asserts that to stay competitive with other states and other countries, Connecticut’s academic vision must encompass working adults who need basic education, skills upgrading, or an Associate’s degree to improve their ability to meet the demands of a skilled workforce. (PDF document, 44 pages) Published by Connecticut Association for Human Services ; Publication Date: September 2009
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Education/CTsChallenge.pdf

Connecticut’s Rise in Inequality, and What It Means A new report from Connecticut Voices for Children shows that inequality is rising, and not in the good way. From the recession through 2011, high and low earners alike are not doing very well, but those at the top are doing much better than everyone else. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 30, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/economicdevelopment/htfd_courant_083012.asp

Connecting the Dots: Growth, Work and Prosperity The purpose of Connecting the Dots is to illustrate the interconnection among working families, Connecticut’s prosperity, and the state’s economic future. It is also a call for new ideas and policies which foster that interconnection and support the interests of all sectors of society. The key points include the following: To ensure the state’s long-term economic health, Connecticut leaders must address an array of issues that traditionally have not been directly associated with the economy. To solve Connecticut’s economic, workforce, and social problems, stakeholders from business, labor, nonprofits, municipal and state government, philanthropy, faith-based organizations, academia, and communities must be at the planning table. To guarantee success, poverty reduction and revitalization of core cities must be components of our economic development plan. (PDF document, 56 pages) Published by Connecticut Association for Human Services ; Publication Date: December 31, 2007
Document Link: /issues/wsd/EconomicDevelopment/2007KCReportConnectingtheDots.pdf

Conning, The Old-Line Hartford Insurance Consultancy, Looks To Europe, Asia With little public fanfare over the last decade, Conning & Co., a Hartford insurance services firm long known for its research, has tripled the amount of insurers' assets it manages — helping to lead an industry shift toward outsourcing. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 28, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/economicdevelopment/htfd_courant_052812.asp

Conscientious Moneymaker Robert E. Patricelli, 71, has displayed a virtual Midas touch — reaping a fortune for himself and his investors — from three successful health care business startups. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: June 06, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/economicdevelopment/hbj_060611.asp

Conservatory Teaches Recording Arts, Piano Tech John Bolduc, the dean of recording arts for The Hartford Conservatory, prepares students for a variety of jobs ranging from producing music to starting studios to scoring films and television shows. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: November 17, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/artsandculture/hbj_111708.asp

Constant Tax Problems Are Symptoms Of A Broken System Toni Gold expresses the opinion that a permanent, structural shift of the burden off the local property tax and onto other, more broadly based and fairer sources - mainly the state income tax - would be fairer and more efficient than the current system. It would also act as a deterrent to the sprawl that is gobbling up Connecticut's countryside and character and encourage investment in cities that is desperately needed. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 17, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/Taxes/htfd_courant_061707.asp

Constitution Plaza Building Is In Foreclosure The owners of the former Travelers Education Center on Constitution Plaza in downtown Hartford have lost the five-story office building to foreclosure. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 19, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/htfd_courant_011912.asp

Constitution Plaza Tower To Feature 12 Stories Of Office Space, Rooftop Restaurant Designs for a 12-story office tower that would replace the old WFSB, Channel 3, studios in downtown Hartford no longer include curved architectural flourishes meant to mimic the nearby Phoenix "boat building" and Connecticut Science Center. Instead, new plans call for an exterior that is "more square than curvy," an interior atrium soaring from the lobby to the roof and a rooftop restaurant that would be open to the public, according to the builder, Abul A. Islam. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 12, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/htfd_courant_111209.asp

Construction Institute Adds Branches To Knowledge Tree The Construction Institute, the 35-year-old industry non-profit operating out of the University of Hartford, is expanding its mantra of collaboration and education this fall into Fairfield County and then beyond via the Internet. These are the baby steps for the Construction Institute on its way to eventually setting up branches and offices throughout the country, creating a knowledge network to improve the construction industry through enhanced cohesiveness and knowledge, said executive director William Cianci. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: May 24, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/economicdevelopment/hbj_052410.asp

Construction On Front Street Apartments Expected In Early Fall At a recent meeting of the Real Estate Financing Association of Connecticut, a panel of developers and officials focused on the outlook for housing in downtown Hartford in the coming months. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 27, 2013
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/htfd_courant_022713_1.asp

Construction Outlook (North Central Connecticut) This report by Capital Workforce Partners summarizes the current and potential construction activity in North Central Connecticut. (PDF document, 349 pages) Published by Capital Workforce Partners ; Publication Date: September 2011
Document Link: /issues/wsd/EconomicDevelopment/1109ConstructionReportFinal.pdf

Consultant Hired For Civic Center The state agency that operates the Civic Center selected a consultant to study whether the state could better manage the center recently, while making it clear the bigger questions may be beyond its authority. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 4, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/htfd_courant_040406.asp

Consultants At Jobs Summit: Be Like North Carolina Be like North Carolina. That advice emerged as a theme at Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's jobs summit when leaders discussed which road Connecticut should take after 22 years of no net job growth. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 06, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/employment/htfd_courant_100611.asp

Convention Center a Welcome Door to City, State, Center Stage Now that the Connecticut Convention Center will be opening on June 2nd, the state will be able to benefit from convention and trade show industry, which attracts group travelers, bringing a very positive economic impact for the state. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 9, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/htfd_courant_050905.asp

Convention Center Delivers Boat and car shows are growing, average convention attendance is on the rise, and more people have stayed in Hartford area hotels during the first 30 months of operation at the Connecticut Convention Center. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 13, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/htfd_courant_011308.asp

Convention Center Impresses Crowds People of all ages attended the opening of the $271 million Connecticut Convention Center, admiring its architecture, size, and potential. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 6, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/htfd_courant_060605.asp Related Link(s): Connecticut Convention Center Web Site ; Capital City Economic Development Authority

Convention Center: Signs Pointing to Success Despite findings in a recent report by the Brookings Institution, there are positive indicators of a bright future for Hartford's convention center. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 13, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/htfd_courant_021305.asp Related Link(s): The Brookings Institution

Corporate HQs Take A Hit Too Downtown Hartford rental properties aren't the only office buildings that have seen their values negatively impacted by the Great Recession. The city's corporate headquarters have also taken a haircut. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: March 26, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/hbj_032612.asp

Corporate Kindness The Travelers Companies Inc. is a great friend to the Hartford public schools and the charities that benefit from the professional golf event named after the insurance company. Such generosity is a smart workforce investment. But it's also a lifeline to a school system and a city in need of such compassionate rescuers right now. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 25, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/economicdevelopment/htfd_courant_022509_1.asp

Costly Hartford Development Plans Falter Five thousand people. That's how many residents developer Larry Gottesdiener said downtown Hartford needs to have to reach the same density — for a city its size — as New York City. That was the goal. But here's the reality — downtown has roughly 2,000 or so residents and that number won't be growing significantly any time soon. Thanks to the flagging credit market, money for new, big building projects is nearly impossible to get. For now, at least, the building boom is done. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 15, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/htfd_courant_101508.asp

Council Examines Transportation Options The region’s long-range transportation needs and options were the subject of a recent meeting of Hartford City Council’s Economic Development Committee. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: January 07, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/transportation/htfd_news_010710.asp

Councilman Ritter's Hartford Happenings, January/February 2009 A newsletter from Councilman Matthew Ritter, highlighting his activities in Hartford, and including his own "State of the City" statement. (PDF document, 4 pages) Published by Councilman Matthew Ritter
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Government/MR_newsletter6.pdf

Courant’s Parent Is Seen Flirting With Default Tribune Co., a newspaper and broadcasting conglomerate whose holdings include the Hartford Courant, is perilously close to defaulting on its debt by the end of next year if it doesn’t access its bank credit lines. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: April 21, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/economicdevelopment/hbj_042108.asp

Court To Northland: Money By Mid-January Or You Lose CityPlace II Northland Investment Corp. is dangerously close to losing a second office tower in downtown Hartford to foreclosure. CityPlace II, an 18-story tower on the corner of Asylum and Trumbull streets, came under a judgment of strict foreclosure in Superior Court in Hartford — the last step before a building owner loses title to a property. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 02, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/htfd_courant_120211.asp

Cranes & Scaffolds: April '05: Progress Report on Hartford's Development Projects An at-a-glance commentary on selected proposals to rebuild and enhance the city and neighborhoods. Projects are rated as: stalled, creeping, moving along, or rocketing ahead. (PDF document - 1 page) Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 3, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/cranes_scaffolds_0405.pdf Related Link(s): Cranes & Scaffolds: December '04: Progress Report on Hartford's Development Projects (PDF document - 1 page)

Cranes & Scaffolds: April '07 Progress Report on Hartford's Development Projects An At-A-Glance Commentary on Selected Proposals to rebuild and enhance the city and neighborhoods. Projects are rated as: stalled, creeping, moving along, or rocketing ahead. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 22, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/DowntownDevelopment/Cranes_Scaffolds_0407.pdf

Cranes & Scaffolds: August '05 Progress Report on Hartford's Development Projects An At-A-Glance Commentary on Selected Proposals to rebuild and enhance the city and neighborhoods. Projects are rated as: stalled, creeping, moving along, or rocketing ahead. (PDF file, one page) Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 14, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/cranes_scaffolds_0805.pdf

Cranes & Scaffolds: December '04 Progress Report on Hartford's Development Projects An At-A-Glance Commentary on Selected Proposals to rebuild and enhance the city and neighborhoods. Projects are rated as: stalled, creeping, moving along, or rocketing ahead. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 1, 2004
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/cranes_scaffolds_1204.pdf

Cranes & Scaffolds: December '06 Progress Report on Hartford's Development Projects An At-A-Glance Commentary on Selected Proposals to rebuild and enhance the city and neighborhoods. Projects are rated as: stalled, creeping, moving along, or rocketing ahead. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 1, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/Cranes_Scaffolds_1206.pdf

Cranes & Scaffolds: December '07 Progress Report on Hartford's Development Projects An At-A-Glance Commentary on Selected Proposals to rebuild and enhance the city and neighborhoods. Projects are rated as: stalled, creeping, moving along, or rocketing ahead. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 16, 2007
Document Link: /Issues/Documents/DowntownDevelopment/Cranes_Scaffolds_1207.pdf

CRDA Moving Quickly on Housing Mission The newly minted Capital Region Development Authority has met just a few times, but is already off to a fast start in making some key decisions about the future of economic development for Greater Hartford. The quasi-public agency, which was established by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and state lawmakers this year to better coordinate economic development for the region, has already set aside $17.7 million for a major downtown Hartford housing project; targeted a new executive director; and launched a fact finding mission on the future use of major venues, including the XL Center. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: September 17, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/hbj_091712.asp

Create Trust for New Homes The economy has been suffering at the hands of increased housing costs as companies' workers cannot afford housing. State Treasurer Denise L. Nappier's $100 million housing fund, however, has received support and projects nearly 9,000 units over 10 years. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 18, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/economicdevelopment/htfd_courant_051805.asp

Creating A Buzz From California to Connecticut, "themed" barbershops are a new breed of salon that caters primarily to men who are wary of unisex salons and find traditional barbershops old-fashioned. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 3, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/EconomicDevelopment/htfd_courant_090306.asp

Creating A New Generation Of Workers In an effort to grow the city’s work force from within and narrow one of the widest academic achievement gaps in the country, Hartford next fall will open High School Inc., an insurance and finance academy for high school students. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: June 29, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/education/hbj_062909.asp

Creating Jobs in Hartford Though Congressman John Larson was unable to attend, the recent Economic Recovery Panel at Hartford Public Library offered several viewpoints on how to create jobs in the city of Hartford. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 16, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/economicdevelopment/cityline_021610.asp

Credit Union Reaches Out To Trinidad When the West Indian Federal Credit Union closed its doors in 1999, the Hartford Healthcare Federal Credit Union stepped in and welcomed its members. Nearly a decade later, Hartford Healthcare’s bond with the region’s West Indian community — which has a population of more than 25,000 in Hartford County — is even stronger, thanks to the credit union’s recent partnership with a credit union in Trinidad. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: November 03, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/economicdevelopment/hbj_110308.asp

Crisis At Phoenix: Hartford Insurer Fights For Survival The Phoenix Companies Inc. is waging a fight for its life, trying to reinvent itself amid a barrage of bad news that could signal a downward spiral or, at best, a painful and slow recovery. The Hartford insurer, pummeled by financial rating downgrades, lost its largest distributors last week — decimating prospects for new sales of life insurance and annuities. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 11, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/economicdevelopment/htfd_courant_031109.asp

Critical Mass: City Itself Can Be Catalyst For Revival In the 19th and early 20th centuries, a bunch of very smart craftsmen, machinists, inventors, entrepreneurs and others were drawn to Hartford. They learned from each other, competed with each other, fed off each other. The result was what author Henry James called "the richest little city in the country." To revive the city we must somehow assemble another coterie of the best and brightest, convene the 21st-century Colts, Pratts, Whitneys, Popes, etc. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 27, 2011
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Crossing The Border: Merchants Find Common Ground Over Line Between City, Town Merchants and restaurateurs along Park Street in Hartford and Park Road in West Hartford have joined forces to help market what the thoroughfare has to offer on both sides of the border. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 06, 2007
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Crown Jewel? Hat Shop Uncaps Hopes On Hartford The Hat Place, a millinery shop specializing in hat making, sales and repairs, has found the ideal venue in downtown Hartford — on an upper floor of 99 Pratt St. The shop’s arrival is another sign of downtown’s appeal to merchants like The Hat Place who covet the customers who work and live in the city hub. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: June 01, 2009
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Crowne Plaza Hotel Could Get New Owner Owners of the Crowne Plaza hotel missed a crucial deadline in their bankruptcy proceeding, almost certainly meaning that the hotel will get a new owner, the city's chief operating officer said recently. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 02, 2011
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Crowne Plaza Hotel in Hartford Gets New Name The struggling Crowne Plaza hotel in downtown Hartford is getting a new name — Ramada Plaza — after the hotel's owners fell into foreclosure and lost control of the day-to-day management of the 350-room hotel. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 30, 2011
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Crowne Plaza Lead Investor Says Bankruptcy Filed To Protect Mortgage The owners of the Crowne Plaza hotel filed for bankruptcy protection as an emergency measure to prevent a "hostile takeover" of the delinquent mortgage, and intend to remain open, the lead investor said. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 31, 2010
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CRRA Projects Profits From New Recycling Center The Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority is making plans for a new $6 million recycling center and will now be capable of recycling junk mail, catalogs and magazines. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 18, 2005
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CSO Opens Hartford Site as Rail Business Rebounds Buoyed by a resurgence in the shipping market, Connecticut Southern Railroad spent $1.4 million acquiring and building a new facility to give its workers cover, raise revenue and create a permanent Hartford location. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: April 30, 2012
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CT Antiques Show Doesn't Belong In MA The 39th annual Connecticut Spring Antiques Show, which opened recently, was held in Massachusetts. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 09, 2012
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CT Business Lobby Pushes Regionalism Reforms Regionalism has been the buzzword at the State Capitol for years. But efforts to create a more efficient and coordinated system for local delivery of municipal and education services have largely gone nowhere as political interests have fought to protect a system in which 169 municipalities maintain independent governance. Now, business leaders are stepping up pressure on lawmakers to change that system. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: March 12, 2012
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CT Construction Contracts Leaving Out Minorities The design and execution of Connecticut's affirmative action program to award a portion of construction contracts to minorities-owned businesses falls short of its goals according to Derrick Diggs, vice president of Hartford firm Diggs Construction. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: October 22, 2012
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CT Manufacturing: Fighting Uphill Battle Manufacturers are finding fewer and fewer reasons to stay in Connecticut. And it shows. While nationally manufacturing revived in 2010 adding jobs to the industry for the first time in 13 years. Connecticut continued its slow, steady decline. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: February 07, 2011
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CT Small Biz Microloan Program Growing Connecticut is growing a federal program offering small businesses alternatives to bank financing. The Hartford Economic Development Corp. recently became the third U.S. Small Business Administration micro lender, providing loans of up to $50,000 to companies struggling to raise capital through bank lending. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: March 26, 2012
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CTfastrak Comes To The Big H As CTfastrak rushes to completion - it is on schedule and on budget – and it changes bus services affecting downtown Hartford, especially the center of town (the Big H) in a real positive sense. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: July 18, 2013
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CTFastrak Economic Benefit Already Evident in Local Housing Market Hartford, a suburb of New York? Boston? Who would have thought. But with modern technology, someone can live in Hartford, telecommute to New York, hop onto CTFastrack or metro North and be in the city by office hours to check in. Already, the potential of housing along the new access routes is about to surface. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: May 09, 2013
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CTfastrak Presents Development Opportunities With buses soon rolling by every three minutes, New Britain is developing plans for its police station on Columbus Boulevard beyond law and order. After the police move into new digs downtown by Dec. 1, the city officials want a developer to create commercial, office or housing space in the former station, taking advantage of anticipated increased foot traffic. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: September 03, 2012
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Culinary Institute Proposal Revived: Hastings Hotel Still Considered for Site After a 10-month period of uncertainty, the proposal to house the Connecticut Culinary Institute in Hartford's old Hastings Hotel and Conference Center has been revived. The location would provide student housing and restaurant and banquet facilities. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 8, 2005
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Culinary Institute's Plan Could Come Off Table Plans to convert the dormant Hastings Hotel and Conference Center in Hartford into the new home of the Connecticut Culinary Institute are in doubt again, as the institute's efforts to get state money have proved unsuccessful. The institute has been hoping for $3.5 million that officials say they need to renovate the facility. The money has been approved by the legislature but has stalled on the desk of Gov. M. Jodi Rell. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 31, 2006
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Customers Sway Tastease Doughnut Shop To Stay Open Tastease, the Parkville doughnut shop expected to close at the end of June 2012, said recently it will keeping making its tiny doughnuts while looking for a buyer to continue the business. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 14, 2012
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Cutting Tourism Budget Pulls Rug Out From Industry In this opinion piece, Mike McGarry suggests that all the politicians say they want to create jobs, but apparently not in the hospitality industry. Connecticut has invested hundreds of millions of dollars in visitor facilities, and then cut the funds needed to market them. This is a classic example of being penny-wise and pound-stupid. It is destroying the hospitality industry in Greater Hartford. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 27, 2010
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Dancers, Drummers, And Martial Arts Demonstrations Among Asian Festival’s Highlights While dragon boat paddlers compete on the river, Mortensen Riverfront Plaza in downtown Hartford will blossom with the colorful sights and sounds of Asian cultures during Riverfront Recapture’s Dragon Boat and Asian Festival on Saturday and Sunday, August 18 and 19, 2012. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: August 16, 2012
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Dark Day for Sunshine Late on October 3, 2008, a massive fire destroyed the main building of Sunshine Laundry Company on Maple Avenue in Hartford’s South End. But owner Bruce Johnston was already working to get the company up and running again. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: October 09, 2008
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Data Show State Income Stabilizing According to new data from the U.S. Census bureau released recently, the typical Connecticut family's income was flat between 2010 and 2011, once inflation was taken into account, at about $83,100. By comparison, from 2009 to 2010, Connecticut's median family income fell by about $3,400. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 20, 2012
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David Glass Closing Cake Business David Glass is closing his desserts business once again. In August of 2009, his company, Desserts By David Glass, went into bankruptcy, forcing Glass to shut down his Bloomfield wholesale bakery after 28 years. He reopened a smaller operation, called Vivie and David Glass’ Delicious Desserts, in an office park in South Windsor in December of 2010. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 05, 2012
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David Shipler: Visible in America David K. Shipler, author of, "The Working Poor: Invisible in America," was interviewed recently at The Lyceum, a resource and conference center in Hartford designed as a place for people to address the problems of homelessness and lack of affordable housing in the state. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 27, 2005
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Deal By Owners, City, Union Could Save Hartford Hilton Deep financial troubles at the Hartford Hilton that threatened to shutter the downtown hotel appear to have been averted, raising hopes that 150 jobs will be saved and the city will not lose another landmark hotel. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 03, 2010
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Deal Saves West End Duckpin Alley As Ducks on the Ave The on-again, off-again salvation of the historic duckpin bowling alley in Hartford's West End is in hand, and the place will be call "Ducks on the Ave," said its new owner, who signed a new lease on the building. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 02, 2012
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Dealership Deserts Just a couple of years ago, some Connecticut auto dealerships held such coveted locations that even profitable dealerships were being approached by other retailers that wanted to buy the properties.Those days are gone. With the weak economy and retailers scaling back or going out of business, about 50 automobile dealerships in the state that closed in the past 14 months remain vacant. Until the economy turns around, don't expect to see construction cranes replacing the "For Sale" signs at empty dealerships. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 03, 2009
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Deals Worth More Than Golf The half-dozen guys hanging out in the Subway Fan Zone at Thursday's Travelers Championship looked like any other group of friends on a hot afternoon at the golf tournament. And in some ways, they were. All of them had some connection to Subway. They were there for the brand, they were there for a day out on the links. But underneath all that activity, a dance of commerce was unfolding. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 24, 2010
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Dear Mr. President The Greater Hartford African American Alliance (GHAAA) is soliciting help from both the State Capitol and the White House in its lengthy dispute with the Metropolitan District Commission (MDC). GHAAA leaders say they are working to ensure that Hartford residents and minorities get their “fair share” of jobs that will be created by the MDC’s $1.6 billion Clean Water Project. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: March 19, 2009
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Debt-Free Revival 100 Pearl St. isn’t downtown Hartford’s most spacious or tallest office skyscraper. It isn’t even the oldest. But the 17-story tower, distinctive for its sapphire-blue-glass sheathing and soaring six-story lobby, has one thing going for it: No mortgage. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: August 02, 2010
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Decline Of Single-Family Homes Threatens Towns' Revenue The threat facing the large majority of Connecticut municipalities is silent and barely visible, but creeping slowly toward them. Demographic and economic pressures threaten to eat away at the towns' revenue-raising ability and, as a result, their ability to preserve a high level of services. The reason is simple: Most towns don't have enough of the smaller, denser, more affordable homes the market now demands and, most likely, have too many of the single-family homes. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 04, 2013
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Decline of the Emperor A downtown nightclub closes its doors — again. The Emperor at the Linden's bass was booming, and its clientele left rowdy. Upstairs, residents of the Linden condominiums said they couldn't sleep. That's the reasoning behind the Hartford Superior Court's recent decision to have the posh restaurant and lounge close its doors at 11 p.m. The club has been closed since July 8. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: July 21, 2009
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Defense Worries A Microcosm Of CT Economy There's good news and bad news for Connecticut in the Pentagon's spending strategy for the next several years, and that reflects what's happening in the state's economy overall. The bad news is that defense spending in the state will decline by about 10 percent in the six years starting in 2010, according to Bob Ross, executive director of the state's Office of Military Affairs, citing Pentagon estimates. Part of the good news is not just that our haircut is less than that of our neighbors. That's not much solace. But these numbers have been known for a long time, so Connecticut can prepare for the cuts. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 04, 2013
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Delays Getting Into Mortgage Programs Push Homeowners Toward 'Rescue' Companies As the number of seriously delinquent mortgages and foreclosures continues to rise in Connecticut and the nation, the door is opening wider to companies that offer desperate homeowners help for a hefty fee — only to either disappear or fail to deliver the promised service. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 20, 2009
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Delegation Reintroduces Bill To Designate Coltsville As National Park Members of the state's legislative delegation have revived a bill that would designate the Coltsville Historical District in Hartford as a national park. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 13, 2011
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Delta Puts Brakes On Bradley Amsterdam Flight It was a short-lived "miracle." Northwest Airlines has indefinitely suspended its nonstop flight between Hartford and Amsterdam, which had been scheduled to resume June 3 and would have been Connecticut's only direct air route to Europe. Delta Air Lines, which now owns Northwest, attributed the most recent cancellation to the challenging economic climate and poor advance reservations. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 28, 2009
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Democrats Offer State Budget Plan Heavy On Tax Increases Wealthy executives, small businesses, middle-class homeowners and college students buying textbooks would all pay higher taxes under a budget proposal by the legislature's Democratic majority that would increase taxes by more than $3 billion over the next two years. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 03, 2009
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Democrats Seek Change Of Venue As a simmering labor dispute at the state's new convention center heated up, Democratic Party officials, who have vowed not to cross a picket line, prepared to cross town instead. Instead of holding their state convention at Hartford's new jewel, Democrats are close to finalizing a deal to hold the May 20 event at the University of Hartford. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 31, 2006
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Democrats' Response To Rell: Budget With $373 Million Spending Increase Democratic legislators, in their first official response to Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell's budget, voted narrowly recently to increase spending by $373 million in the fiscal year that starts July 1, 2010. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 26, 2010
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Demolition Begins On Butt Ugly Building A towering, mechanized claw reached up and took its first bite out of the "Butt Ugly Building," a once-flourishing department store that became a symbol of the city's decline. Demolition of the dilapidated former H.B. Davis Building at 1161 Main St., close to I-84, is expected to be completed by mid-November 2010. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 27, 2010
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Denny’s Will Open First In Expansion Of Hartford Shopping Center A Denny’s restaurant is planned at Hartford’s Charter Oak Marketplace — part of an expansion that will include an addition to the existing Walmart, it was announced recently. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 12, 2013
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Designs Done Even though the site is obscured by construction fences and a shroud of snow, the hoped-for future of Hartford's Front Street District came into focus recently as developers told the state that they had completed their design phase and brought pictures to prove it. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 15, 2007
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Despite Slumping Economy, Hartford's Front Street Project Advances Front Street could have been Hartford's Blue Back Square, a retail and residential hub just west of the Connecticut Convention Center anchoring downtown Hartford's state-funded rebirth. Nothing close to that has happened yet. But come early November 2008, Front Street will quietly become a construction site for a much less ambitious goal — an all-retail, no-residential development that, despite the nation's slumping economy, is still tiptoeing ahead. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 02, 2008
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Desserts By David Glass Going Out Of Business Savor a slice of David Glass cake, and they say you'll never forget the taste. Now, all that will be left is that memory. Desserts by David Glass, the iconic, high-end Bloomfield cake purveyor, recently went out of business after 28 years, succumbing to the loss of one of its biggest wholesale customers, a recession that crimped spending, and debt that the company could not repay. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 14, 2009
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Developer Eyes 111 Pearl Street For New Hotel One of the biggest boosters for housing in downtown Hartford may have concluded that the area now has all the housing it can handle. But maybe not all the guest rooms it needs. According to city officials, the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority and its Trumbull Centre partner, developer Martin J. Kenny, are abandoning plans to convert 111 Pearl Street to apartments in favor of a plan to build a small hotel there. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: October 16, 2006
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Developer Picked for Project The city has chosen a New York developer to move forward with plans to turn a city-owned building at 101 Pearl St. into condominiums. Not everyone is pleased with the decision. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 21, 2005
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Developer Redesigns Tower The redesign of what is planned as downtown Hartford’s first office tower in decades is back to square one — literally. Gone are the elliptoid curves and mixture of metal, masonry and glass exteriors of the previous design for the $40 million AI Technical Center to be situated in Constitution Plaza, replaced by a rectangular, glass-sheathed design penned by Boston architects Childs, Bertman Tseckares Inc. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: November 23, 2009
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Developer Reshaping ‘60s Era Plaza In Hartford Hartford developer Carlos Mouta has begun transforming the former Bradlees-Stop & Shop plaza at Park and Laurel Streets, in the city’s Parkville neighborhood, into his $5 million vision of a multi-tenant commercial center. Pope Commons, 1200 Park St., will have at least a half-dozen retail and service tenants in most of the 113,000 square feet of existing space that Motta is refurbishing. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: July 05, 2010
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Developer Taking Coltsville Over Hurdles To National Park Designation Lance Robbins, the developer working to get financial control of the Coltsville complex, wants to see the historic site become a national park. But Robbins, the principal of Urban Smart Growth, said he has to take care of some fundamentals first. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 30, 2010
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Developer To Design Shops, Entertainment At Rentschler Field Plans for more shops, restaurants and entertainment venues at Rentschler Field in East Hartford may finally be getting a boost, after being largely dormant since Cabela’s opened five years ago. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 22, 2013
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Developer, Homeowner Defaults Share Roots Look closely and it’s easy to see parallels between foreclosure filings for three signature Hartford commercial and residential properties — CityPlace II, Metro Center and Bushnell On The Park — and the hundreds of home seizures washing up in Connecticut courthouses. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: December 21, 2009
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Developer: Front Street Finally At Tipping Point A casual, mid-priced family restaurant may soon join the growing roster of tenants at Hartford's Front Street entertainment district, which includes a live music venue and an upscale steakhouse under construction. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 26, 2013
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Developers Break Ground The developers at the heart of a sweeping, now-disputed deal with the Hartford Housing Authority broke ground on 57 units of apartment housing recently. The roughly $15.7 million, publicly subsidized development called The Gateway will turn a vacant, 3-acre parcel just north of Hartford's downtown into a horseshoe of apartments for those living on low incomes. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 26, 2007
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Developing Connecticut's Economic Future: A Proposal to Modernize Land Use and Fiscal Policy 1000 Friends of Connecticut, a statewide smart growth education and advocacy organization, has developed a proposal to promote responsible growth. Connecticut’s existing land use patterns and fiscal policy are inextricably linked and must be addressed in concert to preserve and enhance our economic viability and quality of life. 1OOO Friends of Connecticut’s goal is the adoption of two distinguishable, but connected, policy streams: 1) Give towns incentives to encourage smart growth. 2) Reduce reliance on the property tax. (PDF file, 33 pages) Published by 1000 Friends of Connecticut ; Publication Date: March 5, 2007
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Development Projects Approved or Under Construction May 2006 A map of Hartford showing the locations of development projects approved or under construction as of May 2006. (PDF document, 1 page) Published by City of Hartford, Development Services Department, Planning Division ; Publication Date: May 2006
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Dialog on Health Care Reform Video A video of the October 17, 2009 community program, Dialog on Health Care Reform, held at the Hartford Public Library. Published by HartfordInfo.org ; Publication Date: October 17, 2009
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Dine-Around Increases Hartford Restaurant Awareness Hartford restaurateurs strengthened their partnerships with hospitality marketers on May 29, 2012 through a special dining tour of downtown. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: June 04, 2012
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Dinged, Not Dead The defeat of the Coltsville National Park bill in the U.S. House of Representatives this week is more a speed bump than a brick wall. U.S. Rep. John B. Larson, a staunch supporter of the park proposal, attempted to get the bill passed on what is called the suspension calendar, which requires a two-thirds vote for approval. Not a single Republican was willing to support the measure, perhaps not surprisingly in the weeks before the pivotal mid-term elections. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 25, 2010
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Directors At Hartford Library Vote To Freeze Hiring The Hartford Public Library's board of directors has approved a temporary hiring freeze. The move came after the recent posting of two vacant library positions. At the top pay levels, the total cost for the two positions would be about $130,000 a year. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 07, 2008
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District Plan Gets Green Light Downtown Hartford property owners overwhelmingly approved a plan to raise their taxes and make for cleaner and safer streets recently, but the work of delivering on the plan's promise may well be harder than selling the promise itself. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 25, 2006
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Doctor's Note: A Few Paid Sick Days Make A Big Difference In this opinion piece, the author, a physician, supports the State bill that would provide paid sick leave to workers in Connecticut. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 07, 2011
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Dollars, Scents House of Essence, a high-end fragrance boutique, opened recently on Pratt Street in downtown Hartford. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 06, 2011
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Don't Stint On Promotion A budget cut by the General Assembly's Appropriations Committee may drastically inhibit downtown Hartford's new Connecticut Convention Center's marketing and promotions ability to attract visitors. Although $270 million will be spent to open the center, fewer dollars are being allotted to promote the center after its doors open. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 24, 2005
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Don't Waste State's Fiscal Crisis The State's finances in the lingering drag of the Great Recession are badly strained. But, crisis can be opportunity. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 28, 2012
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Don’t Replace Civic Center, Says Panel A new sports and entertainment arena replacing the Civic Center would be difficult to finance and not be in Hartford's best interest, a 10-member visiting panel of experts in urban development said recently. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 29, 2007
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Donated Skates Needed At Hartford Rink With the opening ceremony just days away, organizers of the city's annual Winterfest celebration are seeking new or gently used skates, hats and gloves. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 20, 2012
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DOT Should Take Another Look At Flower Street Passage In this editorial, the Hartford Courant expresses the opinion that there is a valid policy question involved in the Flower Street controversy. If government wants to reduce automobile use, to conserve energy and promote health, should it be making it harder to walk and bike? Flower Street is a short north-south Hartford street that runs from Asylum Avenue across Farmington Avenue to Capitol Avenue. At least, that's where it used to run. It is now temporarily blocked at the railroad tracks between Farmington and Capitol avenues as workers construct the CTfastrak busway. Neighborhood residents, business owners on Capitol and others have battled with the state Department of Transportation for months over whether Flower Street will be permanently closed to bicyclists and pedestrians as well. A decision is expected momentarily from a state hearing officer. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 17, 2013
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Doubling Down On Tourism Rick Green expresses the opinion that rather than ignoring the gambling industry, what Connecticut leaders should be doing is regulating it well. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 17, 2006
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Downtown BID Commissioners Elected Downtown Hartford’s Business Improvement District (BID) took another step forward recently when members of the group elected its 18 commissioners. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: November 22 - 29, 2006
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Downtown Business Owners Approve Improvement District Extension Taxable property owners in downtown Hartford overwhelmingly approved a referendum recently that extends the Hartford Business Improvement District for five more years. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: July 20, 2009
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Downtown Discount Downtown Hartford’s rock bottom commercial real estate market is wreaking havoc on some property values as high vacancy rates, a down economy and the cost of doing business are taking their toll. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: February 07, 2011
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Downtown District Up For Vote Three years after the initial approval of the city's downtown Business Improvement District, members recently voted on whether to keep it. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 27, 2009
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Downtown Grocery Store Offers Boost For Hartford There is much to be learned about urban planning of late, as Hartford’s downtown residents are all atwitter at the announcement that some sort of grocery store is coming to serve their upscale needs. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: January 24, 2011
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Downtown Grocery Store Opens The grocery carts were all lined up. The shelves were stocked. The workers were trained. And now The Market at Hartford 21 is open for business. After a grand opening ceremony at noon today, at the storefront space at 230 Asylum St., the downtown grocery store is ringing up sales. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 17, 2011
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Downtown Hartford Economic and Urban Design Action Strategy (The Greenberg Report) The Action Strategy is a set of actions to be implemented in downtown Hartford. It is a MetroHartford Millennium Project led by the Hartford Downtown Council in partnership with the City of Hartford and the Connecticut Capitol Region Growth Council. The focus of the Action Strategy is one of action -- short, medium and long term. (The Greenberg Report) PDF document -- 125 pages -- 35 mb, or view chapters; Published by Urban Strategies, Inc. ; Publication Date: December 1998
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Downtown Hartford Housing Projects Win State Funding Plans to convert two major downtown Hartford buildings into apartments — the former Bank of America tower on Main Street and the old hotel on Constitution Plaza — got a big boost recently, winning state approval for funding intended to promote affordable housing. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 02, 2012
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Downtown Hartford Office Buildings Nearly One-Third Empty Nearly one-third of all the office space in the city's central business district — 2.4 million square feet — is empty. And it could get worse this year, experts say. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 18, 2011
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Downtown Hartford Retail Real Estate Study This report provides information about the current state of the downtown Hartford retail market. This report is the first of what will be bi-annual reports that will help guide discussion and decisions regarding retail needs and opportunities. The Hartford Economic Development Division staff collected the information from City assessment records, property owners, tenants, real estate brokers and general observation. (PDF document, 10 pages) Published by City of Hartford ; Publication Date: July 2009
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Downtown Hartford Storefront Program Now Accepting Applications The city of Hartford is now accepting proposals for a downtown project that aims to transform vacant downtown storefronts into retail or pop-up stores, a broadcast studio or an artist exhibition. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 22, 2013
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Downtown Hartford's Front Street In Line For Its First Tenant — A Movie Theater For months, the Front Street retail and entertainment district at Adriaen's Landing in downtown Hartford has sat empty since construction was completed in the spring. Now, the 60,000 square foot complex is getting its first tenant: a movie theater that also serves patrons meals. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 09, 2010
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Downtown Hartford’s Big H From above, the section of Downtown Hartford centered around Pratt, Trumbull and Main Streets looks like the letter H. We call it “The Big H.” If the "Big H" were a city in itself, it would be quite remarkable. Hotels, educational facilities, residences, retail goods and services, office space and a diversity of restaurants fill these few blocks in the heart of downtown. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: July 18, 2013
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Downtown Hartford’s Hollander Building Gets First Commercial Tenant The building at the corner of High and Asylum streets, across from Bushnell Park and owned by Common Ground and known as The Hollander, is getting its first tenant since renovation — a law firm — and another tenant is expected in the near future. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 09, 2012
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Downtown Market To Have Own Flavor The opening of the upscale grocery store, The Market at Hartford 21, tentatively set for March 16, 2011 has been anticipated ever since the Hartford 21 tower opened five years ago. It's considered a key amenity to build a strong residential population downtown, crucial for long-sought vibrancy. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 21, 2011
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Downtown New Haven Pops With Economic Vibrancy, But It Doesn't Ripple Far Downtown New Haven has long possessed an enviable entertainment night life, but in recent years, the creative energy has bubbled over with the addition of hundreds of apartments, the opening of nearly a dozen of restaurants and bars in the past year alone, a thriving retail scene and remarkably low office vacancies — surprising in the face of a sluggish economic recovery. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 08, 2012
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Downtown Upswing: Housing Construction Offers Hope For A Vibrant Neighborhood Hartford Courant writer Mike Swift reviews ideas of local and regional planners on the benefits and possibilities of remaking downtown into a residential as well as a business community. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 16, 2004
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/htfd_courant_071604.asp HartfordInfo Data: Downtown Hartford Economic and Urban Design Action Strategy (The Greenberg Report)

Downtown's Missing Link This Courant editorial comments on the effort to designate downtown Hartford as a business improvement district, also known as a special services district. Next month, a proposal developed by the Metro-Hartford Alliance to create the district goes before the city council for authorization. In addition to the downtown area, the district's boundaries would include parts of Asylum Hill and Farmington Avenue to the city line on Prospect Avenue. Property owners would be voluntarily paying an additional tax each year to pay for improved safety, cleanliness, marketing, landscaping, holiday lighting, parking, special events and other services that supplement what city government provides. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 21, 2006
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Draft I-84 Study This study explores a broad range of replacement options for the I-84 Aetna Viaduct. It is the result of a collaborative planning effort involving the City of Hartford, the Connecticut Department of Transportation (ConnDOT) and the Capital Region Council of Governments (CRCOG). (PDF document, 54 pages) Published by Capitol Region Council of Governments ; Publication Date: September 2010
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Dressing The Part A half-dozen women recently attended a "Dress to Impress" community forum, and the small group lent itself to the kind of boutique mentoring and outfitting embraced by Dress for Success Hartford and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., the event's organizer. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 22, 2007
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Drifting Down: What Will Restore Connecticut's Economic Vitality? This quarterly forecast from the Connecticut Center of Economic Analysis (CCEA) concludes that there is currently little prospect for a robust recovery in Connecticut’s economy. State aggregate income will remain essentially flat while employment, despite very modest gains the past four months, will likely contract in the months ahead. There are no policy initiatives likely to drive a strong short-term recovery. However, Connecticut has at hand a powerful tool to drive short-term recovery in jobs and income—more than $1 billion in earned research and development tax credits that could be translated into capital investments, creating more than 4 million square feet of new advanced manufacturing, pharmaceutical, bioscience, and research space, creating nearly 40,000 new high-wage jobs. (PDF document, 17 pages) Published by Connecticut Center of Economic Analysis ; Publication Date: May 2010
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Dunkin' Wants A Pizza The Action The Dunkin' Donuts on Asylum Street in Hartford is one of 10 in the nation, mostly on the East Coast, chosen to test whether customers would have a taste for pizza, hot dogs and hot sandwiches where they are used to buying only coffee, doughnuts and muffins. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 22, 2006
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During Sewer Project, Businesses In Peril A redesigned and renovated Albany Avenue, including a much-discussed new sewer system, will be a boost to the small merchants that line the street, with improved sidewalks, curbs, lighting and other improvements. That is, if they can survive to enjoy the benefits. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 13, 2010
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Dutch Connection Finally, some good news. In June 2009, it will again be possible to fly from the banks of the Connecticut River to the banks of the Amstel in Amsterdam. Gov. M. Jodi Rell announced recently that direct flights from Hartford to Amsterdam, canceled earlier this year because of high fuel costs, will return. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 12, 2008
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Dutch Retreat When Bradley’s daily flight to Amsterdam touched down for the final time recently, many in Hartford’s business community mourned the loss of what many had come to believe was a great tool to recruit European businesses to the state. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: October 06, 2008
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E-Mail Correspondence Indicates Troubles For Hartford Hilton Four years ago, the celebrated $33 million makeover of the downtown Hilton Hartford breathed new life into a building in such disrepair that Hilton no longer wanted its name on the hotel. Now, the stalwart downtown business is in trouble again. This summer, the owners of the 392-room hotel were negotiating with their lenders and the union representing hotel workers, and were seeking city tax breaks and help from the city in applying for a federal loan. The talks were an apparent effort to keep the hotel operating during a recession that has taken a deep toll on the hospitality industry nationwide. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 17, 2009
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Early Success In this editorial, the Hartford Business Journal expresses the opinion that the management and board of trustees of the Connecticut Science Center have reasons to be optimistic about their mission to generate excitement and interest about science and technology among the state’s school children. Attendance has exceeded expectations since the science center opened in June, attracting more than 206,000 visitors. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: January 18, 2010
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East Hartford Cabela's Hasn't Drawn Other Businesses Cabela's, which opened at Rentschler Field in 2007, has been good for Bruce Kabel's leather goods and crafts store on Main Street. Community leaders who had hoped the town would benefit from the increased traffic they knew Cabela's would bring, however, have been disappointed. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 23, 2009
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East Hartford Hotel Developers Eye Lucrative Niche Market The number of guests staying at Hartford-area hotels slid sharply in the first four months of 2009 compared with last year, as the recession takes a toll on business and leisure travel. But the developer of a 121-room, limited service hotel under construction at Founders Plaza in East Hartford still likes what he sees: a five-minute walk to downtown Hartford on a pedestrian bridge and plenty of nearby parking for guests. The hotel would also be a cheaper alternative to most downtown hotels. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 09, 2009
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EbLens' Sales Volume Grows With Urban Strategy The reinvention of EbLen’s, a Connecticut-based chain of clothing stores, has been key to the company's long-term success. And — quietly and out of the mainstream — the stores continue to thrive. The owners abandoned the crowded suburban clothing market dominated by retailers like Gap, Old Navy, Abercrombie & Fitch and Kohl's department stores in favor of an urban product line. The Torrington-based retail chain is expanding. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 13, 2008
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Economic Analysis: Both Cheer And Gloom For Hartford Things in Hartford and its suburbs aren't so bad compared to metro areas around the country. That's what The Brookings Institution think-tank analysts say after weighing Hartford's job losses, unemployment, salary trends and housing prices. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 17, 2010
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Economic Development Data & Information for Connecticut and Western Massachusetts (EDDI) Web Site This site contains economic development data and information for Connecticut and Western Massachusetts, including demographics, labor force and average wage data for towns, localities, MSA's counties and regions.. Published by CERC ; Publication Date: 2005
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Economic Development: Topping Off Past Initiatives and Setting New Goals When you mention “economic development” and “Hartford” together, most people tend to think of big ticket items like the Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford 21 and the new Downtown Marriott Hotel. But – as would be expected in a city as diverse as Hartford – economic development initiatives in the capital city over the past 10 years have been far more diverse, ranging from new car dealerships and shopping centers to small restaurants and convenience stores. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: February 18, 2010
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Economic Driver The Connecticut Convention Center, which was expected to be a loss leader, ran a state-subsidized deficit of roughly $3 million during its first two years of operation. Officials point to the center’s impact on the city as offsetting the subsidy. When it opened in 2005, the attendance projections were for up to 200,000 per year while annual attendance has consistently topped 250,000. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: June 02, 2008
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Economic Effects of Revaluation and Tax Policy on the City of Hartford Dating from 1999, this report is an independent analysis of the effects of revaluation of property in the City of Hartford, Connecticut. Published by Connecticut Center for Economic Analysis ; Publication Date: December 1, 1999
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Economic Hope, Fear Mix As Municipal Leaders Gather Based on history and economic theory, Connecticut's recession has passed and wasn't very severe when it was happening, economic futurist Lowell Catlett told several hundred municipal leaders at a convention recently. The real explanation for why so many residents are worried or distressed about the economy is that people have come to expect a historically high standard of living, and often balk at even minor backsliding, Catlett said. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 09, 2009
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Economic News Prompts Cautious Optimism Although the state's unemployment rate stayed the same, at 8 percent, in May, the economy added 1,000 private-sector jobs, the state Department of Labor reported. Taken with the 6,400 jobs added in April, Connecticut's jobs growth for the first five months of the year is the best in the last three years. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 28, 2013
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Economists Downplay Connecticut's Wave Of Business Openings A record 13,456 Connecticut businesses closed last year as the nation's financial crisis worsened, but some state officials pointed to a possible silver lining: About twice that many businesses opened. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 29, 2009
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Economists, Executives, Officials Share Ideas On Connecticut Economy Some of the state's top economists, business executives and state officials, met recently to search for ideas on how to heal the state's ailing economy, had some broad-stroke replies: Regionalize some town services, like schools and police. Bring back county government to accomplish it. Cut state employees' benefits. Postpone new road construction and "nonessential" projects. Those and other ideas flowed at the annual policy conference of the Connecticut Economic Resource Center Inc. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 22, 2008
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Educating Future Employees When it comes to corporate commitment to Hartford's youths, The Hartford Financial Services Group must rank among the most generous. Recently, the company named the 17 student recipients of its two annual college scholarship programs - the Alliance for Academic Achievement and the STAG Leadership Scholarship. Both programs offer four years of financial aid, summer employment, mentoring and life skills courses. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 18, 2007
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Education Reform Makes Good Business Sense Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's message that an outstanding education system is vital to Connecticut's economic development is spot on, and he proved his dedication to students across our state by championing last year's landmark education reform law. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: February 11, 2013
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Education That Pays John Rathgeber, president and CEO of the Connecticut Business and Industry Association, appointed in 2006 as co-chairman of the governor's Early Childhood Research and Policy Council, discusses his thoughts about the intersection of business and early childhood education. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 16, 2007
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Eight Years Later ... Deregulation Failed This article summarizes the issues surrounding deregulation of the electricity industry in Connecticut over the past 10 years. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 21, 2007
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Eight-Point-Seven-Mile Ride Shows Passengers The Benefits Of Griffin Line Aboard one of the first three passenger trains to Bloomfield in the past half-century, conversation hopped from one ambitious goal to the next: New housing and jobs in Windsor, perhaps an office park in Bloomfield, and surely an infusion of business for downtown. Many of the politicians, business leaders and transit advocates on board ended their ride saying the Griffin Line would make perfect sense as a light rail link from downtown Hartford to Bradley International Airport. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 13, 2009
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El Centro Cultural on Park Street This document presents plans for the restoration of a city block running along Park Street by the Broad-Park Development Corporation. El Centro Cultural Community Investment Revitalization Project aims to revive, restore and transform the economic and social environment of the Frog Hollow neighborhood of Hartford (the center of the region's Latino culture) through the restoration, adaptive re-use, modernization and reconstruction of the south side of an entire city block along Park Street, the vital commercial artery running through and serving the neighborhood. Published by Park-Broad Development Corporation ; Publication Date: September 2006
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El Dinero de su Familia: Maneras Simples para Establecer un Mejor Futuro Ésta nueva guía de Hartford se enfoca en crear ventajas, educación, crédito, mantenimiento de dinero y planificación. (PDF file, 40 pages) Published by Connecticut Association for Human Services, Inc. ; Publication Date: November 1, 2006
Document Link: /issues/wsd/FamiliesandChildren/2006HartfordFES_Span.pdf

Electric Cars Past And Future On Display Think the electric-powered car is a new invention? The 1904 electric Runabout had a range of 40 miles — same as the 2011 Chevrolet Volt, though the Volt gains an additional 300 miles with a nine-gallon gas tank and a gasoline motor that doesn't drive the car but recharges the battery. What comes around goes around, and the Chevrolet Volt occupies a revolving stage at the Connecticut International Auto Show, which ran in November at the Connecticut Convention Center in downtown Hartford. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 19, 2010
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Electronics Repair Shop To Close After Long, Long Run Herbert Rubenstein's TV and electronics repair shop in Hartford has been in the business of fixing TVs, stereo equipment and other electronic devices for 64 years. After six years in a first-floor warren of rooms in a historic industrial building, so filled with vintage equipment and old documents that a move seems impossible, Rubenstein says he's closing shop. But, he is not retiring, he's going virtual. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 10, 2010
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Elephant In The Room: Low Value Of Work The Connecticut Voices for Children recently was among the advocacy groups that sponsored a forum on the topic of how and why the state should help struggling people get ahead. Using economic language to call for expanded state and federal programs for the poor is the first step toward a broader understanding that merely increasing the size of the economy - the main goal of national policy in recent years - is not enough. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 15, 2006
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Emhart Name Might Regain Prominence In Connecticut With Stanley-Black & Decker Merger From its pre- World War I origins in Hartford, Emhart Corp. grew into an international hardware enterprise with 32,000 employees. Its sale to Black & Decker Corp. in 1989 led quickly to fragmentation, and a conglomerate decades in the making began to fade from view. But, with The Stanley Works now in the process of buying Black & Decker for $4.5 billion in stock, the Emhart name seems likely to regain some of its former prominence in Connecticut. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 09, 2009
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Eminent Domain Is The Right Move On Blighted Capitol West In this editorial, the Hartford Courant expresses the opinion that another of those chronic headaches that afflict Hartford is closer to being cured with the city council's decision to take a landmark eyesore by eminent domain. Bravo, council members. The long-vacant Capitol West building, with an ugly gash in its side, is a billboard for Hartford's troubles. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 01, 2011
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Emperor Dethroned It appears that, like Don King before him, Emperor at the Linden owner Sean Eddy can't make the restaurant and lounge space work. Offering high-end food, valet parking and other amenities, the multi-leveled lounge and restaurant was an ambitious entry into downtown nightlife. For the last month, the Emperor has been closed, not because of over-extended ambition, but because of too much noise and not enough money. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: August 14, 2008
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Employed and Poor In Connecticut, pay for workers at the bottom of the wage scale failed to keep pace with inflation over the past 14 years, despite the economic expansion of the 1990s, according to an analysis of census data by the Economic Policy Institute, a research group based in Washington, D.C. Hartford Courant Staff Writer Mike Swift examines issues facing Hartford's working poor in this August 8, 2004 Hartford Courant article. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 8, 2004
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Empty Spaces May Have Saved MetLife As do many real estate decisions in the city of Hartford, the question of whether MetLife would stay downtown may simply have come down to the issue of parking. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: March 29, 2007
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Empty-Store Space In Hartford Area Equals Four Huge Malls In just 26 towns and cities in Greater Hartford, there is enough empty store and restaurant space to fill more than four malls the size of Buckland Hills in Manchester. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 22, 2010
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Encourage Young Grads To Stay Recent statistics show that Connecticut is losing more young people between the ages of 25 and 34 than any other state. The results of this exodus could be catastrophic for the future of our state's economy. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 27, 2007
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End of an Era for Laurel Corner Neighborhood Association Those of you that travel Farmington Avenue on a regular basis know that the corner of Laurel Street and Farmington Avenue is changing. Green grass and bright flowers have replaced bare dirt and broken glass. Behind these changes is the Laurel Corner Neighborhood Association. The Association is looking for a new home. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: August 2 - 9, 2006
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Enemy Territory Parking for the bars and clubs in the West End pits business against business. With restaurants and shops becoming increasingly popular, parking is at more and more of a premium. Bars, restaurants and retail establishments are becoming increasingly territorial about their parking. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: April 5, 2007
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Energy Crunch Nonprofit-agency heads and state officials in Connecticut worry about a cold winter. Residents are faced with the worst economic downturn in perhaps 75 years and escalating energy costs. Will the programs in place to help those struggling with their utility bills be able to keep up? Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: November 12, 2008
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Engineer Pays It Forward With Bet On Hartford AI Engineers Inc. of Middletown today markets itself as a company that does a variety of work in the engineering and construction management business, including inspecting and designing bridges, highways, transportation projects and buildings. Abul A. Islam, the founder and CEO of the company, has come a long way from the young man who grew up in Karachi, Pakistan, in a working class family, the son of government telephone company workers. He is betting on Hartford in developing an apartment tower at Constitution Plaza, named The Residences At River View. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: November 05, 2012
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EnvisionFest Pushes Hartford’s Walkability The iQuilt partnership will host 25,000 people on Sept. 29 in Hartford for a free festival with multiple events and performances in order to showcase the walkability of the city's downtown. EnvisionFest Hartford is designed to send festival-goers around the city's various arts and cultural attractions, helping fulfill iQuilt's goal of turning the city's downtown into a year-round destination for visitors. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: August 27, 2012
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EPA Grants $1 Million For Brownfield Cleanup In Hartford, East Hartford The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has granted a total of $1 million to Hartford and East Hartford to clean up industrial pollution. The grants provide communities with funding necessary to "assess, clean up and redevelop contaminated properties, boost local economies and leverage jobs while protecting public health and the environment," the agency said in a statement. The EPA has awarded 54 grants to 32 different organizations across six New England states as part of a more than $62 million nationwide investment in brownfield cleanup. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 10, 2013
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Equestrian Complex Proposed For Hartford's Keney Park The backers of a plan to take 200 acres of Hartford's Keney Park and build a $65 million, world-class equestrian and exhibition center want "tentative" development rights to the property from the city. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 17, 2009
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Erosion Of Wages Hinders Economic Recovery In this opinion piece, the authors suggest that in past struggles to turn recessions into recoveries, the U.S. economy has generally had a not-so-secret weapon: the American consumer. That was then. Now, however, the usual rules don't seem to apply. Tighter credit, the erosion of housing-based nest eggs, record levels of personal debt and the prospect of prolonged double-digit unemployment, taken together, are giving consumption a bad name — and converting yesterday's legendary American shoppers into today's savers. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 15, 2009
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Essential, Illegal Immigrant workers make up a critical part of the state's labor force, says Laura Jasinsky, principal of Jasinsky Immigration Law in Stamford. Jasinsky spoke with the Courant about immigration issues confronting employers and workers. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 18, 2007
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Evaluation of the Hartford Asset Building Collaborative 2005 VITA Campaign Based on feedback from Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) campaign members and analysis of tax data and information sheet data, it was determined that a successful coalition was built this year. Considerations for 2006 VITA Campaign include partnering with already existent VITA sites, broadening outreach with new partners, and building relationships with more city and state agencies. (PDF file, 55 pages) Published by Connecticut Policy and Economic Council ; Publication Date: August 2005
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Evaluation of the Take Your Money Connecticut 2004 EITC Campaign The evaluation includes an analysis of tax return data, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site intake and exit surveys, follow-up questionnaires from VITA volunteers, interviews with VITA site coordinators, Neighborhood Ambassadors and the Executive Director. Among other findings, it was determined that while the number of filers has increased significantly over the three years of VITA operations, the number of filers claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) has not significantly exceeded the city average. In order to reach low income families more strategic outreach needs to occur. (PDF file, 40 pages) Published by Connecticut Policy and Economic Council ; Publication Date: August 2004
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Even in Tough Economy, Firm Positioning for Growth Spurt The Great Recession has taken a toll on architectural and engineering firms, but that hasn’t stopped Fletcher Thompson Architects from positioning itself for better times ahead. From humble beginnings as a two-person industrial engineering office in Bridgeport, to a 100-employee architecture and interior design firm with six offices along the East Coast, Fletcher Thompson Architects is celebrating 100 years in business. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: February 28, 2011
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Everyone In State Wants Piece Of The Stimulus Pie Rick Green writes that with close to $3 billion in federal money apparently headed to Connecticut, there are towns, cities, engineers, environmentalists, coaches, cyclists, motorists and even the dearly departed ready to reap the benefits. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 17, 2009
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Exit Of Hedge Fund Billionaire For Florida Raises Question: Who's Next? Two questions loomed as word spread recently that Edward S. Lampert, the billionaire who controls Sears and Kmart, had moved from from Greenwich to Florida, along with his hedge fund. Why did the 49-year-old financier leave? And will other hedge funds follow? Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 07, 2012
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Eyesores & Opportunities With the “Butt Ugly” building at 1161 Main headed for demolition, Hartford’s commercial real estate market soon will be rid of its most visible eyesore. But the market is awash in other distressed properties in need of a major renovation or, perhaps, their own dates with the wrecking ball. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: September 06, 2010
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Factory Fixer: New Sheriff Takes On Colt Rehabilitation of the historic Colt firearms factory, with its landmark blue onion dome, is about to resume full bore under new and enthusiastic management. This is good news for the capital city and for Connecticut on many levels, both economic and aesthetic. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 29, 2009
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Failed Plan Leaves Asylum Hill Site At Crossroads Visitors to Hartford's Asylum Hill neighborhood get an eyeful when they get off I-84 at Exit 48. After they turn right at the light they see mounds of soil and upended tree roots, the mark the ill-fated land-clearing for a disputed magnet school. Although plans to use the site for a magnet school appear dead, there's now the problem of what to do with the torn-up property, a 2.4-acre triangle of city-owned land that, until recently, had been dressed up with some shrubs and pines. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 6, 2007
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Fair Share Health Care Bill Dies In Committee The nationwide campaign to force Wal-Mart and other large employers to provide better health coverage for their workers started the year with a strong tailwind, but with defeat after defeat in state after state, it may be losing its momentum. Recently, Connecticut became the latest state to deal the initiative a major blow. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 15, 2006
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Fairfield County Had Biggest Wage Gains, Fastest Job Growth In State In 2010 Although the state's economy is sputtering this year, Fairfield County outpaced the state and the nation last year in adding jobs and raising wages, a new report shows. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 26, 2011
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Fall Convention Business To Be Great Hartford’s convention business was predicted to recover strongly in the fall of 2011, according to the head of the Greater Hartford Convention & Visitors Bureau. Repeat business from national organizations and increased attendance at annual events should bring more visitors and fill more hotel room nights than in the past few years where the economic recession took a toll on the industry. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: September 12, 2011
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Family Assets Scorecard 2005 While Connecticut ranks among the top states on measures on net family worth and educational achievement, disparities in family assets on the basis of race, income, and gender threaten Connecticut's economic strength and quality of life, according to this report. The report, developed in partnership with CFED, a national organization that works to expand economic opportunites, ranks Connecticut against other states in its performance on 31 asset measures in the areas of financial security, business development, homeownership, health care, and education. (PDF File, 36 pages) Published by Connecticut Voices for Children ; Publication Date: May 2005
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Far Too Many Students See College As Out Of Reach In Connecticut each year, there are more than 10,000 well-qualified, thoroughly prepared students who graduate from high school but do not go on to attend college. Their reasons vary, but a recent study suggests that many of them could be in college, if only they knew more about how to pursue a college education. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 04, 2009
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Farmington Avenue Commercial Revitalization: A Technical Assistance Panel Report The Farmington Avenue Commercial Revitalization Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) convened in Hartford, Connecticut in October 2012, bringing together stakeholders, City planners, community leaders, and a panel of real estate, planning, and development professionals for a day-long session focused on identifying opportunities and strategies for revitalizing the commercial areas on the Farmington Avenue corridor. This report details their recommendations. (PDF document, 16 pages) Published by Urban Land Institute ; Publication Date: October 4, 2012
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Federal Bailout Will Allow The Hartford To Breathe Easier The U.S. Treasury's preliminary approval of $3.4 billion in federal bailout money recently had given The Hartford Financial Services Group Inc. some breathing room. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 19, 2009
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Federal Sequester Hits State Job Programs Congress has protected air traffic controllers from damaging cuts under the sequester, which requires automatic federal spending reductions, but didn't do anything to help people who have lost access to basic services such as nutrition, housing and the ability to attain and hold a job Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 03, 2013
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Federal Stimulus Money, In Some Cases, Only Indirectly Benefits Connecticut State officials are putting $70.9 million in transportation stimulus money toward the purchase of 136 new buses, but the expenditure is not expected to create any jobs in Connecticut. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 11, 2009
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Fee Keeps Event From City The 2006 amateur bass fishing tournament in downtown Hartford left an estimated $2.6 million in the region when the weigh-ins were done. But it was a much smaller figure — the $75,000 "site fee" incentive requested by the tournament's organizers — that made Hot Springs, Ark., not Hartford, the tournament's home for 2008. This big one got away, local officials say, because there was no agreement on how the fee would be paid, or by whom. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 24, 2008
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Feeling the Heat in the Kitchen Rising energy and food costs pinch area restaurants. While businesses everywhere are feeling the fuel price crunch, the food service industry is dealing with unique challenges. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: June 12, 2008
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Fifty Percent Job Loss In Hartford Area It comes as little surprise that the Hartford metro area suffered deep losses in manufacturing jobs in the 1980s and 1990s, but more than Cleveland, Rochester, N.Y., and Scranton, Pa.? A new report from Brookings found that Hartford lost nearly 50 percent of its manufacturing workforce between 1980 and 2005, compared with declines of 45 percent for Scranton, 44 percent for Rochester and 43 percent for Cleveland. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 06, 2011
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Filling A Need With The Mentally Retarded Hartford businesses are depending on the clients of Greater Hartford Association for Retarded Citizens to perform necessary yet low-level administrative functions. HARC’s supported employment program is intended to provide mentally retarded adults with the opportunity to acquire social validation by participating in the work world. But, they are also an asset to the businesses that employ them. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: January 1, 2007
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Filling In The Blanks Of Hartford's Renaissance Mayor Eddie Perez writes that the Hartford Neighborhood Development Fund is the next step in the long-term campaign to reduce blight, promote development, create jobs and increase homeownership in the city of Hartford. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 22, 2008
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Filling In The Fabric Of Downtown Hartford In a small but significant step in the revival of downtown Hartford, the commercial space in The Linden, the stylish Victorian residence on Main Street and Linden Place, is filling up. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 14, 2013
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Filling the Pipeline Connecticut lags far behind other states in providing manufacturers with the skilled workers they need, in spite of the fact that thousands of jobs in the state are going begging. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: April 16, 2008
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Filling Vacant Space and Stomachs Recently, the Hartford Business Journal reported that two Brazilian restaurants would be opening in downtown — one by the owners of Churrascaria Braza and the other by the owner, Elaine Lima, of Brazil Grill & Pizza. Published by Real Hartford ; Publication Date: October 09, 2011
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Finally, Butt Ugly Building Coming Down The H.B. Davis building, a once-handsome commercial structure made "Butt Ugly" by isolation and neglect, is finally coming down. Asbestos removal begins this week in preparation for demolition, scheduled to begin in about three weeks, city officials say. The decaying building, visible from I-84, has come to symbolize dysfunction in the city. Removing it sends the message that Hartford is getting its act together. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 05, 2010
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Financials Tumble Shares of major banks and insurers with large operations in Hartford were hammered recently as the economic crisis deepened. And while it may be too soon to predict specific job reductions, one local economist said the turmoil was “almost definitely” going to lead to changes in the landscape of the city’s financial sector. Hartford’s bellwether companies were all feeling pain. The Hartford Financial Services Group Inc. agreed to sell a $2.5 billion stake to the German insurer Allianz SE, and it reportedly had been in merger talks with MetLife. The Hartford, which employs 13,000 in Greater Hartford, also slashed its dividend by 40 percent. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: October 13, 2008
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Financing Crumbles, Owner Starts To Dismantle West End Duckpin Bowling Alley Recently, a small group of friends and relatives began disassembling the lanes, gutters and pin-setting equipment at Highland Bowl, the duckpin bowling alley on Farmington Avenue in the West End. The dismantling started after a neighborhood resident's attempts to secure financing to keep the alley operating fell though. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 22, 2012
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Finding The Right Mix To Fulfill Hartford’s Housing Demand The right components to drive successful economic development in Hartford include those that get people living and working in downtown. The Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA) is currently working with the goal of 3000 units of housing in its district and was granted $60 million by the state legislature to use as assistance. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: May 09, 2013
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Fine Dining Furthers A Fine Cause While Hartford's endlessly debated downtown Front Street "entertainment district" remains just a taxpayer-financed hole in the ground, a private philanthropy is putting its weight behind an intriguing idea in Frog Hollow. The Firebox restaurant quietly opened a few weeks ago with dreams of becoming a force for change along Broad Street, just off Capitol Avenue. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 26, 2007
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Firm Takes State's Offer The first company to take advantage of Connecticut's two new business incentive programs said recently that it plans to open a new office in Hartford, creating an estimated 150 full-time jobs in the area. GlobeOp Financial Services expects to be the first company to take advantage of the state's new Job Creation Tax Credit and Displaced Worker Tax Credit programs. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 26, 2006
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First Apartment Tenants Expected At Main Street Tower In A Year The first apartment dwellers could be moved into the bank turned residential tower on Main Street by February 2014. Bruce Becker, of Becker + Becker Associates Inc. in Fairfield said the $78 million conversion of the former Bank of America tower wouldn’t be completed by then. But tenants, he said, can move in while work is moving forward elsewhere in the 26-story tower. The Hartford City Council approved a proposal that allows Mayor Pedro Segarra to enter into a 15-year tax fixing agreement with Becker for the tower and an adjacent garage at 45 Asylum St. The agreement mandates that the developer make street-level retail space at a reduced rental rate. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 27, 2013
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First Look At Hartford Restaurants' Health Inspection Results Restaurants often post a menu in their front window to show potential diners what's cooking in their kitchen. In Hartford, a city ordinance now requires them to show how clean and orderly they keep that kitchen. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 01, 2012
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First Night Hartford: Fireworks, Festivities And Fog Attracted by activities throughout the downtown and relatively mild temperatures, thousands of people showed up for the city's 23rd annual First Night Hartford festivities. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 31, 2011
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First Night Will be Great! Over the decades, First Night (New Year's Eve) has been a fixture in the lives of thousands of residents, volunteers, downtown businesses and out of town visitors. Years ago, it was conceived following examples in other cities, Boston for one. But it has now "morphed" into an event with a special local flavor. The key to success in Hartford is homegrown talent and imagination, using our assets and stretching scarce resources to our advantage. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: November 29, 2012
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First Restaurant to Open at Colt Gateway Complex The first restaurant to open in Hartford in 2013 is Café Colt at 140 Huyshope Avenue in the historic Colt Armory complex. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: January 24, 2013
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Fiscal Discipline Instead Of Taxes This opinion piece by Oz Griebel urges all parties to adopt a budget that ties increases in state spending to inflation and the rate of growth in the state's economy. Fiscal discipline is critical to sustaining a pro-growth environment and ensuring Connecticut's competitiveness. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 13, 2007
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Fit For The Job Juan Andrade, a triathlete, sky diver and pilot, sprinted to the top of The Hartford's property and casualty insurance operations recently as he was promoted to president and chief operating officer of the massive business. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 17, 2009
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Five Bid To Manage/Remake XL Center, Rentschler Field Five companies have submitted letters of interest to take over management of the XL Center and Rentschler Field, setting the stage for an intense fight among local, regional and national players over control of two key Greater Hartford assets. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: November 12, 2012
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Five Bids - What About the Ice? Headlines and news stories abound about the coming potential management change at the XL Center and Rentschler Field, the stories say that the two sports and entertainment facilities should be used more. Inviting the public in to skate would be a step in the right direction. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: November 15, 2012
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Five Questions: Bruce Goldsmith Of Hartford's Baronet Coffee Bruce Goldsmith is the third generation to run the family coffee business, which began in 1915 in New York City. After purchasing Hartford's Baronet Coffee in 1947, the company has prospered despite losing its facilities twice to eminent domain proceedings instituted by the city. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 03, 2011
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Fixing to Kick Things Up a Notch Roger Morgan, the Connecticut Convention Center's new executive chef, plans to provide its guests with memorable, tasty food and beverages, unlike that which is provided at most other convention centers. Having had experience feeding up to 2,500 people in Atlantic City, Morgan is eager and optimistic to begin work at the center, which can seat up to 4,000 people for a meal. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 29, 2005
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