April 6 MBI Class featuring Nadine Francis-West

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Upper Albany Main Street is proud to present April 6th’s MBI class speaker Nadine Francis-West! Nadine is the Vice President and Director of Finance, Administration and Governance at the Metro-Hartford Alliance. Nadine described the purpose and the goals of the Metro Hartford Alliance as an enabler for the Hartford region and their goals for the region as a whole, offering it as an inspiring approach towards the city’s development. Thank you very much Nadine!

New Chrysalis Commons!

Chrysalis

Here is the grand-opening presentation for the Chrysalis Commons on Homestead Avenue! A huge congratulations to Chrysalis for all their hard work and dedication culminating in a fabulous renovation of the Sealtest building on the corner of Woodland Ave. A special thank you goes out to their organization for all the wonderful things that they’re doing for the people of Hartford, and we wish them a warm welcome to the North End.

CHRYSALIS COMMONS

April 5th Baltazar Digs Test Pits; CNG Continues Line Work

It’s a beautifully busy April day on the Avenue with Baltazar cutting into the asphalt to investigate other utility’s placements at the end of Burton Street as they continue preparations for the sewer separation, and CNG continuing their gas-line work on Sigourney Street in Hartford.

CNG burrows into Sigourney Street
CNG burrows into Sigourney Street
Baltazar cutting asphalt at the end of Sigourney Street
Baltazar cutting asphalt at the end of Burton Street on Albany Ave
The Baltazar entourage accompanies the saw, note the blades in the back of the truck
The Baltazar entourage accompanies the saw, note the huge blades in the back of the truck

Burton Street Pre-Construction Meeting!

Burton Street Project Community Liaison Jeff King outside the meeting
Burton Street Project Community Liaison Jeff King outside the meeting

Upper Albany Main Street met with the MDC and Baltazar Contractors today for the Burton Street Sewer Separation Project pre-construction meeting to overview and outline the extent of the project and discuss planning with all parties involved.

Baltazar Contractors
Baltazar Contractors
Reviewing the plans for Sigourney Street
Reviewing the plans for Sigourney Street

So far over 50 waivers for plumbing inspection and work have been signed for the project, and Sigourney St. will be the first of the four streets encompassed in the project to be initiated with an expected groundbreaking this Spring.

March 30th MBI Class Featuring Doug Gemmell

Doug Gemmell talks about the conditions for credit.
Doug Gemmell talks about the conditions for credit.

Upper Albany Main Street is proud to introduce this past weeks MBI speaker Doug Gemmell from People’s United Bank. Doug’s expert on credit was unable to show due to the stomach bug that’s been going around CT, but nevertheless he did a great job delivering knowledgeable information on the conditions that businesses experience that illustrate an opportunity for processing credit cards that would outweigh the added costs. Thank you very much Doug for clearing the air on this valuable payment alternative!

March 23 MBI Class featuring Keith Tinker

Keith Tinker discusses the need for insurance with a student.
Keith Tinker discusses the need for insurance with a student.

Upper Albany Main Street was proud to have Keith Tinker of Tinker Insurance as a presenter for todays Micro Business Incubator class. Keith shared his understanding of the insurance industry with the students and explained the history of insurance along with why small businesses need insurance, as well as individuals. He also lead the class into a very intriguing and insightful conversation on the economy and America’s future as a player in the world market. Thank you very much Mr. Tinker!

Rte 44 Safety Improvement Meeting

Mayor Perez Presents the Design
Mayor Perez Presents the Design

Mayor Eddie Perez presented information on the Rte. 44 Safety Improvement plan last night with a diverse audience from the community and organizations such as Upper Albany Main Street, the Department of Transportation, and the Capital Region Council of Governments. Upper Albany has been working extensively with the legislation and with key players to help move this project forward, and would like to thank all who came for their dedication to the Upper Albany neighborhood revitalization efforts.

Community Visioning Collaborative

Upper Albany Main Street has been collaborating with community leadership from Upper Albany, Blue Hills, Clay Arsenal, and Asylum Hill to bring people together to strengthen relationships and create a comprehensive vision for our community. Everyone is invited to come and express exactly what they feel the community should be moving for at our Visioning Meeting on Saturday, April 17, 2010. The meeting will be held at Milner Core Knowledge Academy at 9:00 am through 1:00 pm.  Childcare will be available, and lunch will also be provided. Check out the flyer at the bottom of this page for more information, as we hope to see you there!

Community Visioning

March 9th MBI Class Featuring Cherie Griffith-Dunn!

Cherie of VLO teaches about community development
Cherie of VLO teaches about community development

Today our MBI class was inspired by VLO of New England’s President and CEO Cherie Griffith-Dunn. Cherie has a wealth of knowledge covering community development from being a developer and went into great detail for our class on what skill sets are critical for success in her field. The spread of topics she covered included legal, OSHA, sales, marketing, underwriting, management, leadership, negotiations, and many others, and the class was very impressed with how dynamic of a leader Cherie is and how invested she is in her work. We are glad to have her as a valued Board member here at Upper Albany Main Street, and would like to thank Cherie for her continued involvement in our program and community!