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Wanted: City Cheerleader

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]

Marketing Bridgeport

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

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]