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MetroHartford Alliance Announces Julia O’Brien as Chair of Strategic Partners

The MetroHartford Alliance recently announced the appointment of Julia O’Brien as Chair of Strategic Partners on its Board of Directors. A graduate of Dartmouth College and Catholic University, Columbus School of Law, O’Brien brings immense experience as the current Vice President & General Counsel at BL Companies, Inc. in Meriden. She has also held positions with Updike, Kelly & Spellacy, PC; Packard BioScience Company; Dexter Corporation; and Day Pitney, LLP.

The Chair of Strategic Partners leads a group of small to medium-sized businesses and organizations committed to the Hartford region, seeking a business climate that supports growth by engaging with other like-minded businesses. “Julia is a tremendous leader and her interactions with our investors continue to help build the Alliance brand and achieve our goals,” said Nancy Wheeler, Senior Vice President and Executive Director of Investor Relations.

“In the coming years, the diverse stakeholders businesses and organizations that invest in the Alliance and the community will be the drivers of much of the Greater Hartford Region's economic and employment growth,” says O’Brien. “My goal is to help us get to know one another through high-value interactions and opportunities and strengthen the bond of businesses that call the Hartford Region home.” 



About BL Companies, Inc.

BL Companies, an employee-owned firm, is a leader in delivering high-quality, integrated architecture, engineering and environmental services to public and private clients for land development, building design, and infrastructure projects.  Our multi-discipline approach allows us to provide creative, sustainable solutions to each client’s specific project needs.  Founded in 1986, BL Companies has 13 offices in 8 states including Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania.  For more information, visit

About MetroHartford Alliance

The mission of the MetroHartford Alliance is to compete aggressively and successfully for jobs, talent and capital for the Hartford Region and to ensure that the Hartford Region is a premier place for all people to live, work, play, start and grow a business, and raise a family.  Through its members’ intellectual capital and financial investment, the Alliance is able to implement key strategies that further our regional goals of job growth, wealth creation, and talent attraction and retention. Visit for more information.