Week 2 Recap: Building Partnerships and A Potential Presidential Debate

This week was a markedly busy week as Department of Public Policy students and faculty fall into the rhythm of UConn Hartford. After the whirl of the first week of classes, the Labor Day rest on Monday was appreciated by all.


On Tuesday, UConn Hartford hosted the Hartford Involvement Fair. The DPP met many new undergraduate students at the fair, in an effort to gain interest and attract students to the Fast-Track Program. Students can apply to the Fast-Track as a sophomore for junior year, but we invite all undergraduate students to our events.


Wednesday brought political flurry, as we learned that the Hartford Foundation donated $1 million to the bid to secure one of the 2020 Presidential Debates. There are set to be four presidential debates, with six city finalists – winners to be announced later this fall.


On Friday this week, the DPP attended the CBIA Connecticut Economy Conference at the Hartford Marriott Downtown. CBIA stands for Connecticut Business and Industry Association and is a local organization that has over 200 years of experience lobbying for businesses around the state. Andrew Bolger (MPP 2018) and Christopher Brechlin (MPP 2018) were also in attendance from Connecticut Housing Finance Authority.


The Department of Public Policy also attended the Federal Executive Association of Connecticut (FEACT) 2019 Excellence in Government Awards Banquet. The FEACT Awards are annually given the most talented federal employees in the state.


Up next week:

The first GAPPS-ICMA meeting of the year is on Monday, 09/09 at 3PM in conference room HTB 406. Please join us!