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News, announcements and updates from the City of Hartford

Hartford updates and events for the week of January 22, 2018

Below is a listing of City related news, announcements and department updates.  Also included are upcoming special events and community information brought to you by the City of Hartford, Office of Community Engagement.
Announcements
Mayor's Office - January Town Hall
New Date! Saturday, January 27, 2018 - 2:00 pm
Hartford Public Library, 500 Main St.  CCC Room
Topic: 2017 Year in Review


Bulky Waste Pick Up by APPOINTMENT ONLY

As of January 1, 2018, qualified residential properties will have to schedule the collection of approved bulky items. Each residential property, six (6) units or fewer is allotted two (2) free collections per year per unit, of five (5) or fewer approved bulky items each collection. Residents with additional items for disposal can schedule additional collections at a cost of $75 per collection, or obtain a $10 permit (max 4 visits) and transport items to the transfer station directly.

This program is NOT available to commercial properties, apartment complexes or multifamily properties with more than 6 units.
To Participate residents can Call Hartford 311 at (860) 757-9311, Monday – Friday 8:00am – 5:00pm to schedule a collection.


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Office of Central Grants - Applications Period Now Open for HUD Funded Programs

Applications for fiscal year July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) and Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) funds are now available!  
 
Please be advised that FY 2018-19 CDBG funding for Public Service will prioritize programs that focus on “Youth Development” for youth ages 10-16 and “Workforce Development” for Re-entry populations. 
 
Completed applications must be received at the Office of Central Grants, City Hall, 550 Main Street, Room 302, Hartford CT 06103 no later than 3:00 pm on Wednesday, February 28, 2018.


Two opportunities available to learn more:

Session #1
Parker Anderson Recreation Center
2621 Main Street
Tuesday, January 23, 2018 – 1:30PM
(Snow Date-Thursday, January 25, 2018)

Session #2
Hartford Public Library Main Branch
500 Main Street
Center for Contemporary Culture, 1st Floor
Tuesday, January 23, 2018 – 6:00PM
(Snow Date- Wednesday, January 31, 2018)


Applications and other information are available at http://www.hartford.gov/grants/nofa
Good News!

Getting kids out off of the urban streets and to the great outdoors, that’s the mission behind the free Cops and Bobbers event.

Craig Mergins, the chair of the Hartford Parks and Recreation Commission and Sergeant Steven Austin from Hartford Police joined Good Morning Connecticut to talk about this unique event. 

Grants given by the fund and the recreational boating and fishing foundation made it possible for the event to be free for all participants.


New Groundwork Set for Hartford's 'Bushnell Park South' Development
 

A planned parking garage near The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts would lay the groundwork for transforming a sea of asphalt parking lots into a neighborhood of housing, shops and restaurants connecting Bushnell Park to south Hartford.

The $16 million garage would be built on the site of the former state health department laboratory on Clinton Street, which will be demolished starting next month.

The 350-space garage will provide parking for state office workers who now park on the state-owned, 2.5-acre lot to the east of the historic State Office Building. The lot — one of a half-dozen or so, some owned by the state, others privately — is seen as particularly ripe for redevelopment.

Revitalization would add to tax rolls and dramatically boost the vibrancy of an area that has morphed from “Bushnell Square” to “Bushnell Park South,” and is considered on of the city’s prime assets.

Click Here For The Complete Courant Article


Mayor Bronin Seeks 'Opportunity Zone' Designation For Neighborhoods

The mayor of Hartford is urging the governor to nominate wide swaths of the city for a designation created in the the GOP federal tax legislation that would reward private investment in low income neighborhoods.

Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin sent a letter Monday asking Gov. Dannel P. Malloy to seek designation of the neighborhoods as “Opportunity Zones.” The designation provides tax incentives for private investments in the zones, including the deferring of capital gains taxes that are reinvested in those zones.

 

“Despite the long-term damage the tax bill will do to our state and nation, one provision, the bipartisan Investing in Opportunity Act, could provide an opportunity to spur private investment in long-disadvantaged communities in the capital city,” Bronin, a Democrat, wrote.

Bronin said 37 of 40 “census tracts” in Hartford could qualify as opportunity zones and are heavily concentrated in north and south Hartford.


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City Council Meetings
City Council Meeting 
The next Council Meeting will be held on Monday, January 22nd at 7 PM.

All meetings are held in Council Chambers in Hartford City Hall, 550 Main Street, 2nd Floor.

Click Here for a Complete List of Meetings Dates & Agendas
Board of Education Meetings
Regular Meetings 
February 20 - Science, Medicine, Sports Academy
March 20 - Science, Medicine, Sports Academy
April 17 - Naylor

Workshops/Special Meetings 
February 6 - Museum Academy at Wish
March 6 - Rawson
April 3 - Hartford Public High School

All workshops are held on the first Tuesday of each month at 5:30pm., and regular meetings held on the third Tuesday of each month at 5:30pm. Workshops will not be held in July and August.  *Meeting dates/locations subject to change.

Click Here for a Complete List of Meetings Dates & Agendas
Community/Public Meetings
There were no NRZ meetings for the week of January 22nd.
Info Sessions for HUD Funded Programs

Session #1
Parker Anderson Recreation Center
2621 Main Street
Tuesday, January 23, 2018 – 1:30PM
(Snow Date-Thursday, January 25, 2018)

Session #2
Hartford Public Library Main Branch
500 Main Street
Center for Contemporary Culture, 1st Floor
Tuesday, January 23, 2018 – 6:00PM
(Snow Date- Wednesday, January 31, 2018)
Employment Opportunities
City of Hartford Job Opportunities
The City of Hartford is currently hiring for the following positions:
  • Internal Audit Department - Auditor
  • Finance Department - Controller
  • Families, Children, Youth & Rec - General Clerk
  • Families, Children, Youth & Rec - Life Guard
  • Licence & Inspections - Mechanical Plans Examiner
  • Finance Department - Principal Accountant
Click here to learn more and apply
Entrepreneurship 
The Women's Business Development Council provides loans up to $10,000 to help start or grow a business. It can be used for such things as working capital, new hires, furniture, inventory, supplies, equipment and/or machinery. The Women's Business Development Capital micro-loan fund offers flexible guidelines to help businesses build better credit and improve their attractiveness to traditional lenders.  For more information and to learn more, call 203-751-9550 or visit http://www.ctwbdc.org/.
Downtown Events Advisory
Tuesday, Jan. 23rd
Feeding the Dragon
Hartford Stage
7:30pm

Constellations
Theater Works
7:30pm
Wednesday, Jan. 24th
Feeding the Dragon
Hartford Stage
2:00pm, 7:30pm

Constellations
Theater Works
7:30pm
Thursday, Jan. 25th
Feeding the Dragon
Hartford Stage
7:30pm

Constellations
Theater Works
7:30pm
Friday, Jan. 26th
Feeding the Dragon
Hartford Stage
7:30pm

Gymnastic Event
XL Center
8:00am

Wolfpack Hockey
XL Center
7:15pm
Saturday, Jan. 27th
Feeding the Dragon
Hartford Stage
8:00pm

Constellations
Theater Works
2:30pm, 8:00pm

UCONN Hockey
XL Center
3:00pm

Gymnastic Event
XL Center
8:00am

Wolfpack Hockey
XL Center
7:15pm

Sunday, Jan. 28th
Feeding the Dragon
Hartford Stage
2:00pm, 7:30pm

Constellations
Theater Works
2:30pm

Gymnastic Event
XL Center
8:00am
Community Events/Opportunities

HPL at Hartford Stage

Hartford Public Library and Hartford Stage have a partnership that makes free theater tickets available to Hartford residents who are Library cardholders, allows Neighborhood Ambassadors from Hartford neighborhoods to see live theater and bring others with them to shows, and creates a mini-library at the theater of show-related books that can be checked out with an HPL library card.

Theater tickets. Each of the seven branches of Hartford Public Library will have a two-ticket pass per eligible show. Patrons can check on line to see where passes are available, but they must ask for them in person at any of the seven HPL locations. Patrons must confirm the seats by calling Hartford Stage at  860-527-5151.

The ticket program begins Monday, January 8.

See available passes here.




 


 



 




 

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