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Governor Names Downtown Development Board

by Andy Hart

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.

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