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This is My Hartford

This is My Hartford.

This Is My Hartford is a new series from the MetroHartford Alliance where we connect with local business owners, community drivers, residents, and employees to find out how the Hartford Region has shaped them throughout their career, and what they have done to shape our city and region. 

  • Dr. Shelley D. Best

    Jan 22, 2020
    Meet Dr. Shelley D. Best, Director and Chief Curator at the 224 EcoSpace. "Hartford has a vibrant community—particularly our arts community. There are amazing minds and artists and writers in the Hartford area. We have access to incredible things like the School of Ballet and the Hartt School, not to mention the Mark Twain House & Museum and the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center."
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  • Matt Necci

    Jan 17, 2020
    "We’re very fortunate because of organizations like Hartford Young Professionals and Entrepreneurs (HYPE), Leadership Greater Hartford, and the United Way Emerging Leaders Society that provide guidance for a generation of young professionals who have a lot of influence in how we tell our story and the future of Hartford. They’re the ones who are going to be here for the next 25 to 40 years. They need to be a part the discussion not only about what we’re going to be, but should also be the storytellers for why our community is great now."
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  • Lynn Vasquez

    Dec 18, 2019
    Lynn Vasquez is Community Relations Specialist at Eversource Energy.
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  • This Is Our Hartford: Upward Hartford

    Nov 05, 2019
    Meet the Upward Hartford team: • Carla Donza, Events & Meetings Manager • Marc Anthony Mendes, Events & Meetings Coordinator • Jess Morin, Marketing Manager • Uchenna Richards, Office Manager • Samantha Wanagel, General Manager
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  • Tisa Rabun-Marshall

    Oct 18, 2019
    Meet Tisa Rabun-Marshall, Assistant Vice President Digital Marketing Operations at Nassau Re: "I got here through a job opportunity and what’s more important is why I’ve stayed. I’ve stayed for many reasons, but mainly it’s because of my connection to the community. Even now, I’m still building relationships with colleagues at other companies through programs like Leadership Greater Hartford (LGH)."
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  • John Bourdeaux

    Oct 02, 2019
    "What makes Hartford unique is that there’s this beautiful history of where the city has been and there’s a tremendous amount of enthusiasm and catalytic activity happening right now. And, there are so many ways to key into that. I don’t know if that makes Hartford unique, but it does make it a unique moment for Hartford. Organizations here are either a part of Hartford’s history or mining that history to create our future in a way that I find both exciting and optimistic."
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  • Karla Medina

    Sep 30, 2019
    Next in our series, retired police sergeant of the Hartford Police Department, Karla Medina, Owner and Founder of Sudor Taino Fitness Studio.
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  • Fitzgerald Council

    Sep 23, 2019
    "In the next three to five years, I see Hartford as being an exponentially growing destination for business and entertainment growth, especially growth in art and innovation. I also see a flow of innovation coming, because Hartford has the bones to support that."
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  • Jennifer Crookes Carpenter

    Sep 20, 2019
    "I think telling our story is telling the beautiful stories of authentic people who are doing terrific things here on all different levels. We don’t need to start sentences like, 'Hartford will…' We need to tell the story of 'Hartford is…'”
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  • Latonia Tabb

    Sep 03, 2019
    "I’ll say there are some wonderful happenings and people within the city of Hartford, including very stylish, creative, rising female entrepreneurs. We’re a city of many mom-and-pop food choices (Jamaican, Italian, Spanish). We are a place where everybody knows your name (in a good way)!"
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  • Donovan Powell

    Sep 03, 2019
    "Around the city, I see a movement around art, music, sports, entertainment, local fare, and spirits, etc. I believe this movement leads to increased development/interest in the city and a continued upward flight. We at Hartford Athletic are thrilled to be a part of it."
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  • Andréa Hawkins

    Sep 03, 2019
    "My husband and I own two cafes, one in Glastonbury and one in Hartford. The main reason we do that is so we can create community. We want people to feel responsible for one another because we feel responsible for the people we encounter."
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  • Patrick Doyle

    Aug 30, 2019
    "What’s really wonderful about Hartford, in my experience, is that it’s always been a place where there is space for all of those different stories and people to come together. So, I think the story of Hartford is one about lots of great things going on and lots of amazing people contributing to that from their own unique perspective."
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  • Tiffany Young

    Aug 21, 2019
    Meet Tiffany Young, Executive Director, Hartford Yard Goats Foundation: "I see the future of Hartford simply thriving! I believe it will continue to grow with new businesses, creative people, and a sense of urgency for diversity and inclusion throughout the community. "
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  • Joel Rivera

    Aug 06, 2019
    Next in our series, Joel Rivera, Initiative Director for the Hartford Working Cities Challenge at the United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut. "There’s a resurgence coming from young adults native to Hartford who want change and are part of these systems changes. I see a thriving manufacturing industry with pipelines to these jobs. I see the community having better access to information and organizations in a more coordinated way. I see more options and possibilities for the people of Hartford."
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  • Nicole Bengtson

    Jul 21, 2019
    Meet Nicole Bengtson, Owner of Root Down a Baptiste Power Yoga Community "Deciding to locate the studio in Hartford made me part of a more diverse and welcoming community. And when I say “community,” I mean different types of people and different types of business. I’ve made great connections. I’ve connected with local non-profits and formed collaborations to give back to the community, too."
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  • Andreá Cortez

    Jul 10, 2019
    Andreá Cortez is founder and owner of Hartford-based Tainted, Inc. "I’m looking forward to seeing more innovative and young entrepreneurs come through. There is opportunity here for people who are willing to take the risk. That’s where I see our future."
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  • Michael Acosta

    Jun 25, 2019
    Michael Acosta is co-owner of Hartford-based Story and Soil Coffee. "My Hartford is made of people and institutions who will support radical and simple ideas alike and the individuals trying to make their city better and stronger."
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  • Ruth Cullen

    Jun 25, 2019
    Meet Ruth Cullen, Director of Advancement and Communications at The Connecticut Forum: "Bold, new, creative people are putting a stake in the ground and trying new things that make the city a stimulating cultural environment. The city is becoming a cultural center, a business center, and a thriving destination for people from all over the place. I hope this is just the beginning of Hartford’s renaissance. "
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  • John Turgeon

    Jun 25, 2019
    Meet the next in our series, John Turgeon, Partner at CohnReznick: "We’re working to shape the Greater Hartford area into what we know it can be. And while we have our share of challenges, just as any large metropolitan area might, I know we’re going to get it done. We’ve got this!"
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