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Wanted: City Cheerleader

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Bridgeport needs a cheerleader. That’s what I hear from downtown property owners, merchants, workers etc. The other day the University of Bridgeport hosted a forum featuring Larry Goldman,  chief executive of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center that helped revitalize downtown Newark. His message: the arts can change perception and transform an image. Said UB […] [Read More]

Library Book Fight

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Library officials want to throw the book at Mayor Bill Finch. Well, sort of. They say the library system is woefully underfunded and they haven’t been enamored of the mayor since he described library workers as “non-essential” following layoffs last year to help close a budget gap. The library budget was ultimately rescued during negotiations with the City […] [Read More]

The Mayor’s Myopia

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Mayor Bill Finch reinforces his hopeless case of Mad Myopia in Connecticut Post reporter Linda Conner Lambeck’s feature about the University of Bridgeport’s comeback. Without doing his homework, without visiting the campus, without the rationale to examine the university’s economic impact on the city, the local kids it educates, the jobs it creates, its impact on one […] [Read More]

Marketing Bridgeport

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It was 1997 and Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim asked me what it would take to turn around Bridgeport’s image. You take success stories, I told him, and market the city in a statewide radio and television campaign. But first you must build a credible foundation by addressing those issues that concern potential  visitors, and then […] [Read More]

Why Strong Department Heads Matter: John Marsilio

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Joe Riccio’s departure as executive director of the Bridgeport Port Authority buoys the importance of strong decision makers in department and agency roles. Riccio, a good guy who had a mighty run as head of the port authority, signed a separation agreement following revelations he had lobbied state legislation that placed the quasi city agency […] [Read More]