On Tuesday, April 1, the Upper Albany Main Street Micro Business Incubator (MBI) program, together with Upper Albany Main Street Director Marilyn Risi and Associate Professor of Economics Jeffrey Cohen, welcomed Hartford City Council President Shawn Wooden to their class at the Handel Performing Arts Center.
Wooden was born and raised in North Hartford, where he ran for City Council because he believes that, as a united city, we can turn problems into solutions and challenges into opportunities. With the help of a scholarship, he was able to attend Trinity College. After working in city and state government, he continued his education, receiving a law degree from New York University School of Law. Wooden has worked with non-profits, labor unions, business leaders, and community activists. The Connecticut Law Tribune has presented Wooden with its "Community Contributions Award." Additionally, he was named one of "Twenty-Five Investment Professionals to Watch" by Pensions and Investments magazine and one of Hartford County's "Forty Under 40" business leaders by the Hartford Business Journal. He was also presented with the "Alumni Medal of Excellence" by Trinity College and named one of the state's 100 most influential blacks by the Connecticut NAACP.
As City Council President, Wooden is dedicated to working with the mayor, his colleagues on the Council, and community members throughout the city to unite Hartford behind our shared vision of opportunity and prosperity for all.
While speaking at the Handel Performing Arts Center, Wooden encouraged the students to continue supporting small business owners in the Hartford area with their knowledge and their expertise. Everyone was enthusiastic and many follow-up questions were asked by the students, who were able to grasp a better understanding of the current city development in the Hartford region.