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BRIDGEPORT, CT –- Mayor Bill Finch, and the City of Bridgeport, were recognized with an Outstanding Achievement Award during the Annual City Livability Awards Luncheon held during the 80th Annual Meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Orlando, Florida.
The awards, sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Mayors and Waste Management, recognize mayoral leadership for developing and implementing programs that improve the quality of life in America’s cities. The Mayor and the City were recognized for its Brownfields Remediation and Redevelopment Program – the City’s focus on reclaiming dormant brownfields to spur redevelopment.
“It is an honor to be recognized for improving the quality of life in Bridgeport by the U.S. Conference of Mayors,” said Mayor Finch. “We are committed to redeveloping the brownfields left behind from our proud industrial past to spur economic growth for the future of Bridgeport. We have adopted innovative strategies and taken creative steps to overcome the challenges that brownfields pose for cities like ours across the country. I am proud to see our Brownfield Remediation and Redevelopment program recognized, and hope that we can serve as a model for other cities.”
Outstanding Achievement Awards for cities with populations of over 100,000 were also given to Mayor Thomas Menino, Boston, MA; Mayor Pedro Segarra, Hartford, CT; Mayor Buddy Dyer, Orlando, FL; and Mayor Jerry Sanders of San Diego. Mayor Greg Fisher of Louisville, KY earned first place in the large city category.
While at the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Mayor Finch will be involved in several key sessions including the following:
· On Wednesday, Mayor Finch co-chaired the Energy Independence and Jobs Task Force Meeting along with James Brainard, Mayor of Carmel, Indiana. Topics included, urban forestry, LED lighting, solid waste disposal and building energy efficiency.
· He also served as a panelist for the Council on Metro Economies and the New American City panel to talk about the $15,000 DollarWI$E grant the City was awarded to strengthen financial literacy in our City’s youth.
· On Wednesday afternoon, Mayor Finch and Joe Carbone, Executive Director of The Workplace took part in a panel discussion during the Jobs, Education and Workforce committee meeting regarding The Workplace’s groundbreaking P2E Program – Platform to Employment, a nationally-recognized job training program for the long-term unemployed, recently profiled on “60 Minutes”, which has had a 70 percent success rate.
· Today, Mayor Finch accepted the Outstanding Achievement Award during the 33rd Annual City Livability Awards Luncheon.
· On Saturday, Mayor Finch, who serves as Chair of the Nominating Committee will recommend the names of Mayors to fill the positions of Officers, Trustees and Advisory Board members.
United States Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to address the U.S. Conference of Mayors Friday morning, June 15. Other noted speakers include: HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Congressman Chaka Fattah (PA), and Former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson.