After months of speculation and rumor, Governor John Rowland
has at last named the seven people who will serve as the Board
of Directors of the Capital City Economic Development Authority.
The Board will oversee redevelopment in downtown Hartford and
manage the use of up to $300 million in state funding, which
was approved by the State Legislature last session.
The Authority will be in charge of a variety of projects slated
for downtown, including a convention center, a higher education
facility, renovation and rejuvenation of the civic center, the
development of Hartford's riverfront, the creation of new housing
and additional parking capacity and the demolition or redevelopment
of abandoned buildings.
Arthur Anderson of West Hartford will serve as Chairperson of
the Board. He has served as President and Owner of Imagineers,
LLC, a Hartford-based housing and management service company,
since 1973. Anderson is a Director of Hartford Hospital and a
past Director of the Hartford Downtown Council, the Hartford
Ballet and the Greater Hartford Chamber of Commerce.
The only Hartford resident appointed to the Board is Miguel Matos,
currently Senior Neighborhood Partnership Manager for Fannie
Mae. Previously, Matos had served as Vice-President of BankBoston/First
Community Bank in Hartford. He is Chairperson of Hartford Local
Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) and Vice Chairperson of
the Hartford Neighborhood Development Support Collaborative.
The other five Directors are R. Bartley Halloran of West Hartford,
an attorney and Past President of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers
Association; Mary Ann Hanley of Hebron, Assistant to the President
at St. Francis Hospital and former Legal Counsel to Governor
Rowland; Eileen Kraus of West Hartford, Chairperson of Fleet
National Bank, Connecticut, and former Chairperson and current
board member of the Hartford Chamber of Commerce; Anthony March
of Simsbury, President of the Tony March Buick-GMC-Saturn, Inc.,
car dealership in Hartford's North Meadows; and G. Robert O'Brien
of Niantic, past President of U.S. HomeCare Corporation and Empire
Blue Cross/Blue Shield.