Had Barack Obama’s scheduled visit to Bridgeport Wednesday night not been preempted by Ebola outbreak business, the game plan was for Mayor Bill Finch to introduce Governor Dan Malloy for whom the president was campaigning. These things tend to be love fests and the mayor had plenty of hugs and kisses planned for the president and Malloy in his remarks. Here’s an excerpt from the speech the mayor did not deliver. Maybe he’ll get to deliver them before the election.
I’m proud to say that Bridgeport is winning the future. Winning by developing Eco-Technology Park, which is an incubator for business growth and home to hundreds of green jobs. It is home to North America’s largest fuel cell, which powers 15,000 homes with clean energy.
And, soon it will be home to another clean energy project that will power an additional 5,000 homes. We’re also ensuring the Park City lives up to its namesake by investing in new and improved parks.
Another way Bridgeport is winning the future is by improving education. We’re increasing pre-k access.
We’re growing after school programs. We need to ensure all kids in our city are getting the education necessary to compete for 21st century jobs.
My vision–our vision–for the city and its future is already taking shape.
Today, you can stand on a white sandy beach of a re-opened Pleasure Beach and look out onto Steelpointe Harbor where development is finally happening.
There are new and improved views like this across the city, and many more to come in the future.
A lot has been done. But much remains.
One thing is clear: None of this would be happening without the help of my friends President Obama and Governor Malloy.
President Obama has shown leadership on the economy, on the environment, and on believing that America’s best days are ahead of us. It’s a spirit that inspires us all every single day.
And, Governor Malloy has stood tall with Bridgeport from the start. He’s a true friend we can rely on. He’s investing in Steelpointe Harbor becoming a reality.
He’s investing in building a second train station. He’s investing in making our streets safe by banning assault weapons. And, he’s investing in a better life for hardworking people by increasing the minimum wage.
Bridgeport needs strong friends in order to bring about our vision for the city and its future.
President Obama is a strong friend.
Governor Malloy is a strong friend.
Working together, we are helping make Bridgeport better every day.