Bridgeport Downtown Special Services District Names Mike Moore President and CEO; Seeks to Advance Area as Regional Draw

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DSSD Board picks Connecticut planning veteran for leadership to draw visitors, businesses and investment to downtown Bridgeport.

Taking a major step toward advancing its master plan for transforming the Park City’s hub into an economically and culturally vibrant regional center, the Bridgeport Downtown Special Services District (DSSD) has named Mike Moore as its first President and CEO, effective immediately.

Moore has over 12 years of experience in community development and urban project management. He brings a varied background to his new assignment including experience with community development program management, affordable housing policy development, redevelopment planning and grant writing and management. He will be tasked with implementing the DSSD’s master plan, which calls for shaping the best of downtown Bridgeport’s assets around arts, culture and the creation of attractive, well-utilized public spaces.

Moore comes to the DSSD from the Norwalk Redevelopment Agency, where he last served as a Senior Project Manager for Development. He received a Master’s in Public Affairs from the University of Connecticut and completed a Master’s in Business Administration at Fairfield University. He began his career with the Connecticut Department of Community and Economic Development (DECD).

The DSSD master plan was completed in 2007 in collaboration with the city of Bridgeport, city stakeholders and the Connecticut DECD. It envisions young adults as being the primary mechanism for repopulating the downtown district, while maintaining a broad appeal to all other demographics as well. The plan calls for downtown Bridgeport to be energized as the prime locale for residential, business growth, entertainment, shopping, arts and culture in Fairfield County.

The goal of the DSSD is to provide a clean, safe environment where people can live, work and play, and businesses can locate and thrive. It also seeks to promote and maintain cultural and historical assets within the downtown district, as well as attractions such as restaurants, theaters, parks, a sports complex with professional baseball and hockey franchises and multiple live entertainment venues.

Moore said it was “an exciting time” to be stepping into this key role at the DSSD, “as several forces are coalescing in an effort to leverage the many unique cultural and economic assets Bridgeport has to offer.”

“Bridgeport is a city that can be understandably proud of its storied heritage in the fields of industry, the arts, culture and entertainment,” said Moore. “With this as our foundation, we will work tirelessly to promote downtown as a destination for businesses, families and people of all ages looking for local attractions. Our aim is no less than putting downtown back on the map, so we can have folks from all over the region saying one day soon, ‘Let’s spend some time in Bridgeport.’”

In his last position, Moore was responsible for administering the City of Norwalk’s annual entitlement of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Moore’s proudest achievements include securing funding from the State DECD to capitalize the Norwalk Homeownership Assistance Program as well as securing funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to support the Norwalk Brownfields Initiative. He also helped secure state and local resources in order to create a master plan for Transit-Oriented Development aimed at revitalizing the area around the South Norwalk train station.

“Mike brings tremendous experience in rebuilding urban communities, and his strong management skills from his background in local and state government will be a great asset to the DSSD,” said Kim Morque, Chairman of the DSSD. “His energy and enthusiasm combined with his local knowledge and experience will help downtown Bridgeport achieve the next level of growth.”

“We’re happy to have someone of Mike’s caliber joining the DSSD,” said Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch. “With our downtown population doubling, and new businesses and restaurants opening at an exciting pace, I believe Mike is taking on leadership of the DSSD at a very important time. I look forward to working alongside Mike and the DSSD as we continue our efforts to make downtown Bridgeport a popular place to live, work and enjoy.”

About the Bridgeport Downtown Special Services District (DSSD)
The Bridgeport Downtown Special Services District (DSSD) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the revitalization of the downtown area of Bridgeport, Conn. as a destination and draw for young professionals, businesses, investors and families. Its work is based on a Downtown Master Plan, developed by the DSSD in collaboration with city officials and other agencies, which shapes the best of downtown’s assets around new attractions and development opportunities. These assets include the city’s prime location on Long Island Sound, its historical attractions, proximity to rail, highway and water transport, a sports stadium and arena complex, plus shops and restaurants, all within a walkable, attractive area. For more information, visit http://www.InfoBridgeport.com.

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