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Entries Tagged as 'University of Connecticut'

Kohut’s Plan For Bridgeport Rising, Giving Wings To The Phoenix

September 19th, 2016 · 27 Comments · Development and Zoning

OIB asked one of the city’s preeminent policy wonks Jeff Kohut for his take on what he would do were he city development chief. Grab a cup of joe and check it out. Bridgeport has been in governmental/administrative and socioeconomic decline for the better part of six decades. There are many reasons for Bridgeport’s decline, […]

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‘Stop Managing The City In A Hotel Room!’ The Day David Carson Brought Sanity To The Financial Review Board

July 28th, 2016 · 8 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget

What’s government life like with a financial oversight board? Here’s a glimpse from my book Bow Tie Banker, a biography of David Carson, retired chief executive of People’s Bank. Carson had quite a flare-up with then State Treasurer Francisco Borges.

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Ganim Leverages Lavernoich To Fill Development Office

April 9th, 2016 · 15 Comments · Development and Zoning, News and Events

From city Communications Director Av Harris: Mayor Joe Ganim today announced the appointment of Edward P. Lavernoich as interim director of the Bridgeport Officer of Planning and Economic Development (OPED). Lavernoich takes over the position from David Kooris, who is departing to take a position with the State of Connecticut after four years with the […]

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City Arena Nets Geno Auriemma Applause

March 30th, 2016 · 4 Comments · Best of Bridgeport, Development and Zoning, News and Events

A packed city arena attracting new visitors to Bridgeport was exactly what city officials and business leaders had in mind when it opened in 2001. The Webster Bank Arena has hosted President Barack Obama, high-profile rock shows, the circus that bears the name of the city’s all-time benefactor P.T. Barnum. But it has arguably hit […]

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Bottoms Up! Cheapskate Ganim Wins UConn Beer Bet With Texas Mayor

March 28th, 2016 · 5 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Best of Bridgeport, News and Events

Good grief Joe, this is the best you can do? On a night the UConn Huskies cemented winning-streak history at Webster Bank Arena, UConn alumnus Mayor Joe Ganim canned a beer bet with Irving Texas Mayor Beth Van Duyne. Joe won a case of Texas beer from Mayor Beth. Joe put on the line a […]

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Hoop Fever Hits City, Restaurant Discounts Downtown

March 25th, 2016 · 2 Comments · Best of Bridgeport, News and Events

From city Communications Director Av Harris: Mayor Joe Ganim today is officially welcoming the four teams and thousands of fans of the NCAA Women’s Basketball tournament coming to Bridgeport’s Webster Bank Arena to view the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight rounds of play tomorrow (Saturday March 26) and Monday March 28, 2016. The Mayor is […]

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City Architect Steps Up For Finch, Provides Job Downtown

February 3rd, 2016 · 17 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, Development and Zoning, News and Events

It’s not the job he coveted most, but when you have two young mouths to feed as an ex-mayor with no one banging down your door, a job is a job is a job. Bill Finch has been hired by the respected Downtown-based Antinozzi Associates to head up the architectural firm’s “sustainable strategies.” When it […]

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Who Is Joe Ganim? The Early Years

November 8th, 2015 · 4 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics

Joe Ganim’s political resurrection has generated local, state and even national interest. Who is he? Where does he come from? What were his early years in office like? What follows is the first of two installments about young Joe Ganim, his growth as a politician and the initial years of his first mayoralty based largely […]

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