NEW BRITAIN — After five months of searching, the New Britain Downtown District Board of Commissioners has appointed Nicole Bosco as chief executive.
Bosco will succeed Dennis Morrell, who served as interim manager following the retirement of Gerry Amodio in February 2022.
“We look forward to welcoming Nicole as she has the vision to realize our long-term goals for the downtown core,” said Leo Gagné, NBDD Treasurer and Chairman Emeritus of TBI Development Company. “The search committee was committed to finding someone who could take on the challenge and we were intrigued by his skills.”
Bosco has several years of experience in city administration, serving as the Economic Development Co-ordinator in the New Britain City Planning and Development Department. In this role, she worked with the local business community to advise and connect them with professional and financial resources, as well as to help attract, grow and retain business. Bosco also served as director of voter services in Mayor Erin Stewart’s office before that, as well as working for the city of Berlin as an economic development associate.
“We look forward to Nicole joining us in the Downtown District,” said Justine Moriarty, Board Secretary. “She brings the experience, skills and energy to achieve and expand our goals during this exciting revival in downtown New Britain.”
As chief executive, according to the downtown district, Bosco will focus on leading downtown through a period of resurgence, as evidenced by several new development projects whose downtown investment represents progress. that the NBDD foresees for the future of the region. With a background in business development, real estate and urban planning, his experience will meet the needs of property owners looking for quality tenants and the implementation of beautification programs to better support the objectives of the strategic plan of the NBDD.
Being a New Britain resident continues to strengthen and maintain her already strong personal and professional relationship with the city and its business owners, the downtown district added.
“I have a personal interest in seeing downtown transform and I’m honored to have been chosen to take on this new role,” Bosco said. “New Britain City Center has great potential to be a bustling destination that can positively impact the economic growth of the city as a whole. I am grateful to be able to continue to work with the various departments of City Hall, as well as owners and businesses to facilitate exciting programming opportunities and new development projects.
Bosco will officially begin his new role this Monday and will immediately begin meeting with owners and overseeing preparations for the annual Downtown Auto Show and the return of the Halloween Trick or Treat safe zone this fall. She also plans to renovate the existing visitor center at 66 Main Street West.
The Board of Commissioners went through an extensive interview process conducted by an internal search committee, with advice from the CT Main Street Centre, where they ultimately selected Bosco for the position.
The New Britain Downtown District was established in 1983 as a Business Improvement District (BID), which aims to protect the best interests of property owners in inner cities. The NBDD levies an additional tax on properties located within the district, which currently has a per mile rate of 3.8. These revenues are used to support economic development initiatives such as internal grant programs for businesses and operating expenses for annual events.
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