2013 Annual Report
GBRC administers a variety of federal, state and local programs.
The Chief Elected Officials of Bridgeport, Easton, Fairfield, Monroe, Stratford and Trumbull, Connecticut, serve as the Board of Directors.
Directing millions of dollars each year in local, state, and federal funds, GBRC is a catalyst for the region's transportation network, including: buses, rail, highways, major streets, bicycle travel, walking, goods movement, and airport services.
Enabling smart growth for member cities and towns, GBRC procures federal and state grants and provides technical support for conservation, economic development, housing, and community development.
In Spring 2013, GBRC began a Geographic Information System (GIS) project that will unite disparate data within each town and city in our region. MORE >
GBRC, along with NY & CT Sustainable Communities, conducted the Barnum Station feasibility study to explore the redevlopment of Bridgeport's East Side, anchored by a new commuter rail hub.
This project will provide a critical second rail access point for Connecticut's largest city and promote mixed-use, transit-oriented development and affordable housing around the distressed East End and East Side neighborhoods. MORE >
Over $1 M procured to design and construct a key section of the trail in Trumbull, CT. MORE >
In 2007, the Regional Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan (RNHMP) was prepared and adopted by the six municipalities of the Greater Bridgeport planning region. The RNHMP makes the communities eligible for certain mitigation project grants administered and provided by the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA). The 2007 Plan expired in January, 2012, necessitating an update. MORE >
GBRC Speaking Series
Final design for completing the trail was accomplished with construction to begin in Spring 2014. PRT Website >
On May 6, 2013, GBRC was awarded a FEMA Community Resilience Innovation Program grant in the amount of $35,000 for a Regional Flooding Risk Assessment and Community Rating System Feasibility Study. MORE >
Barnum Station study completed and adopted. MORE >
Economic Development Profiles
In an ongoing partnership with the Community Capital Fund, GBRC developed Economic Development Profiles for the municipalities and the region and published “Moving Toward Shared Prosperity” an economic profile of the Greater Bridgeport Region, to help promote economic development and reinvestment in the Greater Bridgeport Region. BOOKLET (PDF) >
In July 2013, GBRC, was awarded the ESRI Special Achievement Award for excellence in GIS implementation and innovation.
"By embracing geographic information system technology, these organizations have used GIS to improve the world—and set new precedents throughout the GIS community," said Jack Dangermond, the president and founder of Esri.
The SAG Award ceremony is held at the annual Esri International User Conference. Recipients of the Special Achievement in GIS award are submitted by Esri staff from thousands of organizations worldwide, then personally reviewed and selected by Jack Dangermond. MORE >
In August 2013, GBRC, and the municipalities of Bridgeport and Stratford, were awarded three EPA grants totaling $1.15 million to help develop a Brownfield redevelopment strategy. MORE >
A Regional TOD Project commenced in the fall of 2013 to develop a transit oriented development framework for the region to enhance economic competitiveness and unlock the potential of a better connected region. MORE >
NHMP Public Workshops – During the month of September 2013, GBRC conducted public workshops for each of the municipalities in our region along with The Nature Conservancy’s, Director of Science Adam Whelchel.
The annual meeting was held on December 19, 2013. Town representatives convened to discuss last year’s accomplishments and develop strategies for Council activity.
A feasibility study for the construction of a new pedestrian crossing over Ash Creek between the Black Rock neighborhood of Bridgeport and the Fairfield Metro Center in the Town of Fairfield was completed in 2013. A connection between this neighborhood and the train station would promote economic viability through a transit oriented approach.
Ash Creek, a tidal watercourse and coastal meadow which connects with Long Island Sound, is an environmental asset and a natural barrier to coastal flooding. In light of sustaining this critical natural environment, this study explored environmentally sound approaches to construction as well as alternate areas for connection.
GBRC worked with the City of Bridgeport to create a plan of redevelopment for Lafayette Circle in a continuing effort to foster revitalization in downtown adjacent to Bijou Square. MORE >
Property Viewers launched: Beta versions of parcel viewers were launched in late 2013.
Sample Property Viewer: Trumbull
A Draft of the Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan was submitted to FEMA in December 2013. Next steps: Receive comments from FEMA, Local Town Councils adopt plan.
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