Dobelle, President of Trinity College (1995-2001)
"Trinity has assumed leadership of this
effort because we have a profound sense of obligation to
Hartford and we intend to honor it. And this obligation
is not at odds with our fundamental educational mission.
In fact, the two are closely aligned and complementary.
It is vital to the Colleges future that our
neighborhood turn itself around. We have led in this
initiative because it is the right thing to do. It would
be morally bankrupt for Trinity to teach the liberal arts
on our campus and ignore what is happening across the
street. How can we call our students to leadership if we
lack the courage and vision to lead? How can we speak of
the pursuit of truth if we turn our back on the truth
that is our neighborhood? How can we encourage individual
responsibility if we as an institution behave
Meehan, President and Chief Executive Officer, Hartford
"As a Southend landmark for 145 years now, Hartford
Hospital has witnessed waves of change in our
neighborhood. Nothing in recent memory, however, has been
as exciting as the efforts weve undertaken in
partnership with Trinity and the other SINA institutions.
We are proud of the quality-of-life improvements
were making in housing, jobs, safety and
appearance, and anticipate even more far-reaching results
with the development of the Learning Corridor. Together
we are working for a future that is bright with promise
for the people of Hartford."
Mike Peters, Mayor
of the City of Hartford
"Through initiatives such as this we are
putting Hartford on the map as a city that has vision,
the potential, the people, and the commitment to make
good things happen."
John G. Rowland,
Governor of Connecticut
"The Learning Corridor is an innovative
education and community initiative resulting from a
unique public-private partnership and bold leadership in
the non-profit sector, particularly from Trinity College.
The State is actively supporting this collaborative
effort, but it is moving forward because the institutions
in this neighborhood and the community itself have
stepped forward. We are celebrating an urban initiative,
which is built on education and home ownership at its
core. What is happening in Hartford, in these
neighborhoods, holds promise and offers a model not just
for struggling cities in Connecticut but also for cities
across the country."
Richardson, President and CEO, Kellogg Foundation
(announcing the Foundations $5.1-million grant to
support Trinitys plans to build College-community
connections that emphasize civic responsibility and
"Trinity College has demonstrated the power and
potential of public-private partnerships. Through a bold,
community-based initiative to revitalize its
neighborhood, Trinity has forcefully asserted a
leadership role in the urban policy debate. Now the
College is leading the way in linking neighborhood
renewal with academic change. The Kellogg Foundation
fully expects this will be a win-win proposition for the
College and the City of Hartford. We are very pleased to
be able to support Trinity in its quest to make a
difference both on campus and off."
Rabbi James S. Rosen
and President Susan L. Kallor, Beth El Temple of West
"Trinity College demonstrates an exemplary
model of what is possible in advancing initiatives for
the urban community. The civic responsibility, activism,
and compassion inherent in Trinitys commitment to
its neighbors have created so much promise for the
community both now and in the future.
co-chair, Inter-Neighborhood Collaborative
"This is the first definitive
inter-neighborhood plan of development ever to be
conceived and achieved in Hartford. Its important
to coordinate the economic base of all the neighborhoods
so the needs of the people are served and businesses
survive and thrive."
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