History of University
University Park, Inc., a Hartford-based,
501 (c)3, organization, is an attempt to bring together various
institutions from three adjoining towns into a regional association.
For several years, neighbouring for-profit and non-profit organizations,
along with three municipal governments, have been meeting together
and attempting to define ways in which participants can imporve
not only their own business climate but also the business, services
and cultural climate of this entire "regional neighbourhood".
It is a progressive concept, seeking regional solutions to local
problems. It represents a large number of prominent organizations.
co-operating with one another to utilize limited resources efficiently.
The desire of each organization to understand itself as part of
a regional neighbourhood and to succeed, at least in part, because
of those regional connections, is strong. It captures the imagination.
Most of the participants (members)
have contributed to the financial support of the organization,
and participate actively on its board of directors. Together these
organizations and individuals have contributed over $30,000 to
the support of University Park, which was matched by funds from
Northeast Utilities, the Long Foundation, and a substantial start-up
grant from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.
The three municipalities involved
in University Park work actively to help its institutional and
individual members cooperatively to plan and implement land use
strategies and service programs that benefit this regional neighbrouhood.