The Upper Albany Main Street program, launched by the University in 2000, was highlighted in the latest installment of the Hartford Courant's "Explore 44" series that profiles communities, businesses, and people along Route 44. The series, being written by Courant Business Editor Dan Haar, looks at the steady progress being made in business development in the Upper Albany section of Hartford.
Marilyn Risi, director of Upper Albany Main Street, was quoted in the story, posted online Aug. 29. “Right now the avenue is mostly cash-and-carry food, convenience stores,” Risi said. But the avenue is improving, she said, one piece at a time.
In highlighting the work of Upper Albany Main Street, which works as a sort of advocate for smart development in the neighborhood, Haar pointed out its role as a business incubator with Barney School of Business students working with merchants there on marketing and web design, among other business improvements.
The article featured a photo of UHart business student Justin Calabrese working on a website with Natalie Morris, a former Aetna benefits consultant who is starting a high-end line of bedding at modest prices called iLuxury Products.