YOUR VIEW: Good things are happening in New Britain

Published on Tuesday, 21 August 2018 18:58
Written by

Mayor Erin Stewart, New Britain

To The Editor:

Summer is winding down, the temperatures are starting to get cooler, and our students will soon be going back to school: an ideal time for reflection and planning for both the short and long term.

First, I am extremely gracious to all of the supporters who believed in my message and vision for the state of Connecticut as I participated in a campaign to bring the leadership skills I’ve shown here in New Britain to a wider audience.

I am proud to have been your Mayor over the last five years and I will continue working hard every day to make New Britain a thriving place where people want to live, work, visit, and invest.

From downtown construction projects like the renovation of the Beehive Bridge to the recently-announced Energy and Innovation Park that will be built on Curtis Street, there continues to be an enormous amount of growth and change in our community.

We’ve worked diligently to find unique ways to innovate during difficult times in our region. In just two years, for example, the Energy and Innovation Park will become the second largest taxpayer in our community, bringing millions in additional tax revenue, along with hundreds of new jobs.

We are also continuing our work to improve the quality of life for residents.

Look for a new dog park opening later this fall at Washington Park, a new multi-use nature trail for cyclists and walkers at A.W. Stanley, new public art with the Bees Across New Britain project, and more.

Know that my door is always open and we welcome feedback to help better deliver our services to you.

I invite you to come say hello on Monday, Aug. 27 when I take the Mayor’s Open Office Hour to the Walnut Hill Park summer music series. I’ll be available from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. with our new “Mobile Mayor’s Office” to answer any questions you might have or suggestions you’d like to bring up. I also look forward to seeing everyone at Main Street USA on Saturday, Sept. 8 from noon until 9 p.m.

Enjoy the rest of your summer; it’s good to be back and better than ever!

Posted in New Britain Herald, Editorials on Tuesday, 21 August 2018 18:58. Updated: Tuesday, 21 August 2018 19:01.