Bill Finch needs some momentum in his mayoralty, an economic development initiative to call his own, or maybe revive a languishing project than can provide a spark.
The mayor has scheduled an announcement for Tuesday afternoon with Bridgeport Landing Development LLC, developers of Steelpointe Harbor, to provide an update. Maybe they can actually plant a shovel in the ground? Maybe they’ll cough up the long-awaited cash for the land transfer? Maybe this is a dog and pony show?
Two years into his mayoralty Finch lacks a high profile development deal that’s real, an announcement that can provide momentum into the second half of his four-year term. He hasn’t even had the singles and doubles he spoke about in his 2007 campaign. In his defense the economy has been a drag. But maybe, just maybe something’s cookin’ with Steelpointe? We’ll see.
Meanwhile, the mayor and Congressman Jim Himes have an announcement planned for today. This should provide a smile to Mr. Green Jeans. See below: (On Tuesday, an update on Ralph Jacobs, fired Civil Service personnel director.)
Himes, Finch, GBT to Announce Arrival of $2.8 Million in Recovery Funds
Recovery Act contract to improve transportation, directly create 7 jobs
WHO: Congressman Jim Himes, Connecticut 4th District
Mayor Bill Finch, City of Bridgeport
Ron Kilcoyne, General Manager and CEO, Greater Bridgeport Transit
WHAT: The Recovery Act has provided funding for a $2.8 million grant to the Greater Bridgeport Transit Authority for a vehicle repower program involving 40 buses in the City of Bridgeport. The project will incorporate the latest technology in emissions reductions leading to an 11% fuel economy and an 80% reduction in diesel particulate matter. The contract will be awarded to Cummins Power Systems, LLC and is expected to create or retain seven jobs.
WHEN: Monday, August 31, 2009 1:30 pm
WHERE: Bridgeport Transportation Center Bus Terminal
710 Water Street (Corner of Water Street and Stratford Avenue)
OIB friends Stephen Krauchick and David Smith from www.doingitlocal.com shared this feed from a Saturday health forum that featured spirited debate at the City Hall Annex. State Rep. Andres Ayala was among the audience participation.
Farmers Market Tuesday, From Cougar Rodgerson
The Farmer’s Market on the Baldwin Green will be open tomorrow. The Market is open rain or shine every Tuesday from 12 to 6. Please make an effort to attend and spread the word to employees as well as customers. There are over 50 different varieties of fruits and vegetables, many all natural and pesticide free. Honey, homemade jam, fresh flowers, eggs, and herbs are also sold. Come and enjoy Connecticut grown products and support local farmers.
Also, this Thursday there will be the Downtown Alternative Revival Concert. This is part of a summer long free concert series held every Thursday on the Baldwin Plaza Green at 7pm. There will be fire dancers, public art, grills available and a movie on the green. BYOB.