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Learn about the Team at New Britain, CT, including our Mayor and Director of Finance.
Erin Elizabeth Stewart is the 40th Mayor of the City of New Britain. She was first elected at the age of 26 in November 2013. She is the youngest mayor in the City’s history.
Mayor Stewart has earned accolades for her leadership and results-driven style of governing. She closed a deficit of over $30 million during her first term, brought stability and responsibility back to the City’s finances, gained an unprecedented 3-notch upgrade in New Britain’s bond rating by Standard & Poor’s in January 2015, and ushered in a further bond upgrade in January 2016 to "A+."
Under her leadership, New Britain is undergoing a dramatic economic turnaround. For the first time in years, the City’s grand list is experiencing growth and businesses are expanding, including the addition of Costco, which was added to the City's list of top ten taxpayers in the fall of 2015. Much of that interest has been spurred by the opening of CTFastrak, New England’s first bus rapid transit system, which directly connects downtown New Britain with downtown Hartford. Both the City and the State are spending millions in transit-oriented development and six phases of streetscape improvements that are bringing increased commercial and residential development to New Britain.
Mayor Stewart is also committed to making New Britain a “green” community. Through her “Smart City Initiative,” the Mayor has spearheaded the largest solarization project in New Britain’s history, including a massive solar array at Shuttle Meadow Reservoir, as well as rooftop solar arrays on most school buildings. She is also taking steps to increase the use of LED technology in all City buildings and streetlights, further reducing the City’s energy consumption.
Most recently, Mayor Stewart helped facilitate the Energy and Innovation Park Data Center being created in New Britain. This $1 Billion dollar venture which includes fuel cells and a 465,000 square foot data center will make New Britain the cloud hub of New England and has started to change Connecticut’s competitive position in the Northeast.
She is also a 2009 graduate of Central Connecticut State University, earning a bachelor of arts in political science and public administration.