1000 Friends of Connecticut

aka 1000 Friends of Connecticut   |   Hartford, CT   |  www.1000friends-ct.org

Mission

1000 Friends of Connecticut is a statewide organization whose mission is to promote and shape growth to ensure a prosperous economy, a healthy natural environment, and distinctive, integrated and attractive communities while promoting opportunities in education, housing, transportation, and employment for current and future generations. To accomplish this mission, 1000 Friends of Connecticut works to: Strengthen and direct new development towards communities where infrastructure already exists in order to manage sprawling development and its several costs, including costs to the economy, the private sector, the government, the individual, the environment, and society as a whole;Encourage compact, diverse, and livable communities by offering a wide range of housing choices and encouraging a mixture of land uses, preserving and restoring historic and cultural assets, designing to human scale, and providing comfortable walking, biking, and transit opportunities;Support high quality public transportation and transit-oriented development as preferred alternatives to the single-passenger automobile in order to positively affect business locations decisions, reduce traffic congestion and air pollution, and provide greater access to job opportunities;Promote quality educational and housing opportunities for all our state's residents. 1000 Friends pursues its goals by: Educating and mobilizing the public at the local and state levels, and convening and mediating among diverse stakeholders to build statewide support for Smart Growth principles;Researching fiscal, regulatory, land-use, and transportation and other Smart Growth initiatives;Promoting the adoption of policies, initiatives, and practices by government, business, and other institutions that encourage economic growth while preserving the state's quality of life;Building and sustaining a constituency for Smart Growth and social equity by providing tools and models to measure progress and to advocate for change.

Ruling year info

2004

Principal Officer

Nichole C. Strack

Main address

PO Box 1988

Hartford, CT 06144 USA

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EIN

20-0554225

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (W01)

Urban, Community (S31)

Land Resources Conservation (C34)

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A Smart Growth Agenda for Connecticut's Economy

Our program "Puts the Growth Back in Smart Growth" by providing a blueprint for promoting sustainable economic prosperity while also enhancing our state's quality of life through an urban growth agenda that improves the quality of place in Connecticut. We are developing a program that will: Convene an Economic Growth Taskforce that outlines how Connecticut is changing, along with the challenges and opportunities we currently face to bring growth back to our state; Re-convene the Property Tax Working Group to outline opportunities for property tax reform;Release white-papers on these groups' findings and recommendations and educate the public on them in the spring of 2012 at our 4th Annual Smart Growth Conference, and also at Regional Smart Growth Workshops in major cities throughout the state;Run a Brownfield Remediation Incentive Campaign;Support a TOD Coalition, and;Sponsor a series of Friday evening "salons" to encourage lively debate in a relaxed setting and develop a similar plan aimed towards young professionals.

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1000 Friends of Connecticut

Board of directors
as of 1/17/2017
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Board co-chair

Susan Merrow

Environmental Lobbyist

Term: Dec 2011 - Dec 2014


Board co-chair

Dara Kovel

Connecticut Housing Finance Authority

Term: Dec 2011 - Dec 2014

Kenneth Olson

CEO, POKO Management

William Cibes

Chancellor Emeritus, CT State University System

Michelle Gilman

Peter Rosazza

Bishop, Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford

John DeStefano

Mayor, City of New Haven

Leo Canty

Jefferson Davis

Principal, J.B. Davis & Assoc.

James Finley

Executive Director, Connecticut Conference of Municipalities

Matthew Nemerson

President and CEO, Connecticut Technology Council

Robert Orr

Principal, Robert Orr, Associates

Howard Rifkin

Executive Director, Partnership for Strong Communities

Norman Garrick

UCONN Center for Transportation and Urban Planning

Dara Kovel