Fronted by a video highlighting city successes, Mayor Bill Finch on Tuesday delivered his annual address to the city’s business community. News release from the mayor:
In addressing the Bridgeport Regional Business Council today, Mayor Bill Finch told the crowd that the State of the City, working together, is getting stronger. Before delivering his address, Mayor Finch showcased a video that highlighted the tremendous progress being made with economic development, green job creation, and public schools in the state’s largest city.
During the State of the City address, Mayor Finch asserted that despite some of the most difficult economic, educational, and environmental challenges Connecticut has ever faced, the state of Bridgeport is getting stronger by the day.
“I am the father of four public school students,” said Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch. “My youngest son will graduate high school in the year 2024. And I hope to ensure that Bridgeport is a place where, like his father, he wants to raise a family and make a life for himself.”
Mayor Finch continued: “That’s the ultimate question for us today: Are we in good conscience creating a city where our kids and grandkids will choose to live, work, and raise their families? The answer to that question is yes.”
During his speech, Mayor Finch pointed to tangible examples of progress being made on developing the city’s economy, creating green jobs, lowering emissions, and creating new high-quality public schools.
Ø Developing Bridgeport’s economy: “The historic Mechanics & Farmers building is getting ready to re-open its doors and will be serving as the home of Fletcher-Thompson. This is an architecture and engineering firm that is moving back to Bridgeport because they believe in the progress we’re making downtown and across the city. In coming back to the Park City, the company is bringing with it 135 jobs, and Mechanics & Farmers will also house 30 residential apartments.”
Ø Creating green jobs: “A shining example of this is EnviroExpress, located in the Eco-Technology Park. EnviroExpress employs over 100 people and fuels its fleet, as well as others, with Liquefied Natural Gas and Compressed Natural Gas at its filling station. These fuels produce 30 percent less greenhouse gas emissions, and between 60 and 90 percent less smog-producing pollutants, than traditional petroleum based fuels.”
Ø Lowering emissions: “Because of green economic growth and other initiatives through “BGreen2020,” we’ve reduced our city’s greenhouse gas emissions by 5 percent to date. You can read updates on this and more by visiting the website listed on the handout in front of you. We can literally breathe a little easier because of this economic growth.”
Ø Creating new high-quality schools: “The new [Fairchild Wheeler] campus houses three STEM academies–science and technology, engineering, and math. In addition, we opened the Bridgeport Military Academy in the fall of 2013. This school helps students focus on first responder jobs and military vocations.”
Mayor Finch closed the address by reiterating progress being made in Bridgeport on several fronts.
“There are new opportunities for jobs,” said Mayor Finch. “We’re setting a national example for creating a green economy. We’re using clean, renewable energy. Parents have better public school options. We’re building new parks, improving existing parks, and developing waterfront–all the while doing right by taxpayers. I’m proud to serve as the mayor of Bridgeport. Together, we’re making our city great.”