City Initiatives

City of New Haven City Plan Department

The City Plan Department facilitates the physical development of the City and encourages the development of sustainable, resilient and equitable land use, economic, and social policy. The department works with stakeholders, city agencies, commissions, and boards to provide planning, zoning, and development information and advice, engaging with residents, businesses, and developers in shaping and achieving the City’s development objectives.

Placement 1: The City Plan Department seeks to have a Fellow that would aid in the initiation of a comprehensive resiliency and adaptation planning process to develop specific land use policies and ordinances for the next century of change and shifting projections. This includes developing a resiliency/adaptation strategy with a specific and actionable implementation plan.

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Placement 2: The Fellow would support an impact analysis and engagement process to help craft inclusive and sustainable planning and zoning policy for the City of New Haven.

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Agency website: newhavenct.gov/cityplan


City of New Haven Engineering Department

The City of New Haven’s Engineering Department designs, constructs, and maintains public infrastructure for the entire City including bridges, roads, sidewalks, drainage systems, coastal protection, and street lighting. This work includes public outreach, project concept development, engineering design, mapping, construction management, infrastructure inspection, and asset management. 

Placement 1: The City of New Haven seeks to update its Greenhouse Gas (GHG) inventory and explore options for electrification more broadly. The Fellow would work directly with the Assistant City Engineer and staff at ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability to gather and analyze GHG data and conduct research on electrification options.

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Placement 2: The Fellow would be co-managing the City’s application to Sustainable CT. Tasks would include tracking progress on sustainability goals, outreach to partner organizations, researching specific actions and creation of communications materials. The Fellow would gain an understanding of the breadth of sustainability work being conducted in the City.
 
 

City of New Haven Department of Arts, Culture & Tourism

The Department of Arts, Culture & Tourism seeks to improve the quality of life for New Haven residents. By celebrating arts and culture, it becomes a catalyst for economic development, equitable civic engagement, and spiritual uplift. The Department assists, promotes, and encourages artists, arts and cultural organizations, and events in New Haven. The Fellow would work on the implementation of programming and policy recommendations related to the New Haven Department of Arts, Culture & Tourism’s Cultural Equity and Inclusion Plan (est. CEI plan completion by June 2021).

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Agency website: newhavenct.gov/arts


City of New Haven Department of Transportation, Traffic, and Parking

The City of New Haven’s Transportation, Traffic and Parking Department combines elements of traffic safety/engineering, parking management, community and economic development, and urban planning. Their goal is to deliver a safe and efficient traffic control system, and to continuously integrate sustainable transportation which supports and improves the quality of life and economic growth throughout the City of New Haven. As part of the multi-year Safe Routes for All active transportation project, a guiding taskforce will be enacted to finalize passage of a citywide plan and to guide strategic implementation. The Fellow would be tasked with organizing the taskforce, working with community stakeholders and the Board of Alders, and drafting the taskforce’s guidelines and implementation steps.

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Agency website: newhavenct.gov/transportation


City of New Haven Office of Economic Development

The Office of Economic Development facilitates commercial development, attracts quality businesses/investment, expands employment opportunity, and improves the City’s overall quality of life to create a model, modern, world-class city in which everyone who wants a well-paying, career oriented job can find one. As the City of New Haven navigates a world changed by the COVID pandemic, they have created the Together New Haven (TNH) economic resiliency roundtable in partnership with local business organizations and institutional partners. The goal of Together New Haven is to support and promote local companies, offer technical assistance for businesses that must find new ways to engage customers at a distance, and to connect residents as a region and as a community. The Fellow would assist in the operation of TNH.

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Agency website: newhavenct.gov/ed


City of New Haven Office of Legislative Services

The Office of Legislative Services serves as the research, outreach, and legislative drafting arm of the City of New Haven’s legislative body–the New Haven Board of Alders. The Fellow would help conduct city-wide surveys, draft newsletters, work on local legislation, develop charter and police reform with the legislative body through its Director of Legislative Services, alongside press conferences, community meetings, and finding and implementing governmental best practices.

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Agency website: newhavenct.gov/alders


 

City of New Haven Youth and Recreation Department

The Youth and Recreation Department presents an Outdoor Adventure Program which offers unique, challenging, safe, and fun learning experiences for children, youth, and adults. They seek to foster an appreciation of local resources and exposure to bio-diversity and outdoor adventure activities, while maintaining Social Distance and abiding by CDC and Yale University health and safety recommendations. The Fellow’s work would include programs for summer camps (virtual or otherwise), and activities geared towards the general public.

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Agency website: newhavenct.gov/parks


Committee of the Proprietors of the Common and Undivided Lands in New Haven

The Committee of the Proprietors of the Common and Undivided Lands in New Haven was established in 1810. Five trustees act to preserve the Green’s history, preventing its commercialization and ensuring that it remains an open and beautiful green space for enjoyment by the community. The Green is now designated a city park district, ensuring it remains in the public domain. They have many years-worth of historic documents that a Fellow would categorize and digitized. In addition, the Fellow would create a retrievable archive to maintain documents for public use.

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Agency website: newhavengreen.org


DataHaven

Data Haven’s work focuses on collecting, interpreting, and sharing public data related to social, economic, and health issues. Local stakeholders apply this information to create informed solutions to problems in their communities. The Fellow would support the work of DataHaven to implement the 2021 Community Wellbeing Survey and 2022 Community Index, a major program that tracks social, economic, and well-being indicators at the state and local level, in close partnership with over 125 Connecticut-based organizations including many located in New Haven.

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Agency website: ctdatahaven.org


Livable City Initiative

The Livable City Initiative (LCI) works to enhance the experience of all individuals who live and work in the City of New Haven by enforcing the city’s housing codes and public space requirements; designing and implementing housing programs to support high quality, affordable, and energy-efficient housing opportunities; educating and increasing awareness on solutions for neighborhood concerns; designing and implementing public improvements and programs to facilitate safer, healthier, and more attractive communities; and creating community development projects to decrease and eliminate blight within city-owned properties.  The Fellow will assist with analyzing, synthezing, and developing revitalization strategies and recommendations and coordinate their implementation.

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Agency website: newhavenct.gov/lci