On Wednesday April 22, 2015, VHB and the Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT) hosted a public meeting at the University of Hartford for the Route 44 Safety Improvement Project. For those of you who missed the meeting, you can view the PowerPoint slides here: View The Public Meeting PowerPoint. To watch an interactive video of the ‘new’ Albany Avenue, please click here.
Upper Albany merchant, Herman Todd, owner of Living Word Imprints was recently featured on the front cover of the Hartford Economic Development Company (HEDCO) Fastest Company magazine. The magazine focuses on entrepreneurship in the Hartford region and discusses the future outlook on fast-growing businesses, job creation and more. Congratulations Herman for this huge achievement.
Today’s MBI class was full of great and useful information. The presenters were Jacqueline Valliere (HYPE Program Specialist) and Richard Brown (Director of Investor Relations from the MetroHartford Alliance). Jacqueline who presented on HYPE (Hartford Young Professionals & Entrepreneurs) informed the class about the various activities and how they could get involved. HYPE attracts and retains new talent in the Hartford region, encouraging cross-collaboration among agencies and organization that offers programs for young professionals and entrepreneurs. She encouraged the students to get involved as membership for University of Hartford students are free. She further stated HYPE hosts over 60 professional and social programs through the year and offers opportunities for personal development as well as community involvement. At the end of her talk she offered that interested students visit the HYPE website at HypeHartford.com and they can complete a company sponsored membership on the website.
Richard Brown told them about his role at the MetroHartford Alliance. His job mainly involved attracting businesses and organizations who want to serve as Hartford Investors and who are willing to contribute their time and resources to the Alliance Committee.
Upper Albany Main Street would like to thank Jacqueline and Richard for sharing their stories and supporting the MBI program over the years.
Hartford, CT (4/8/2015) – Upper Albany Main Street has been designated as an accredited National Main Street Program for meeting the commercial district revitalization performance standards set by the National Main Street Center®, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Each year, the National Main Street Center and its partners announce the list of accredited Main Street® programs in recognition of their exemplary commitment to historic preservation and community revitalization through the Main Street Four Point Approach®.
“We congratulate this year’s nationally accredited Main Street programs for their outstanding accomplishment in meeting the National Main Street Center’s 10 Standards of Performance,” says Patrice Frey, President & CEO of the National Main Street Center. “As the National Main Street Center celebrates its 35th Anniversary, it is also important to celebrate the achievements of the local Main Street programs across the country, some of whom have been around since the beginning. These local programs work hard every day to make their communities great places to work, live, play and visit while still preserving their historic character.”
The organization’s performance is annually evaluated by Marilyn Risi, which works in partnership with the National Main Street Center to identify the local programs that meet ten performance standards. These standards set the benchmarks for measuring an individual Main Street program’s application of the Main Street Four Point Approach® to commercial district revitalization. Evaluation criteria determines the communities that are building comprehensive and sustainable revitalization efforts and include standards such as fostering strong public-private partnerships, securing an operating budget, tracking programmatic progress and actively preserving historic buildings.
Established by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1980, the National Main Street Center helps communities of all sizes revitalize their older and historic commercial districts. Working in more than 2,000 downtowns and urban neighborhoods over the last 35 years, the Main Street program has leveraged more than $61.7 billion in new public and private investment. Participating communities have created 528,557 net new jobs and 120,510 net new businesses, and rehabilitated more than 251,838 buildings, leveraging an average of $26.52 in new investment for every dollar spent on their Main Street district revitalization efforts.