CI Announces I-91 Corridor Regional Construction Forecast: ‘Getting People to Visit, Getting People to Stay’

Harford, CT – The University of Hartford’s Construction Institute has announced that it will be holding its annual I-91 Regional Forecast Event on Thursday January 29 at the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. Entitled, “Getting People to Visit, Getting People to Stay,” the event will feature a panel of distinguished speakers who will be discussing exciting new development taking place in urban areas along the I-91 corridor in Connecticut and Massachusetts.

This program will provide insight into the region’s design and construction industry, coupled with a broad macro- and micro-understanding of the market perspectives driving the current economic climate. Participants in the program will provide a broad range of expertise, both geographically and in market intelligence, to highlight upcoming trends and challenges, including:

The efforts to draw people into the region with entertainment and tourism opportunities, such as . . .

  • Downtown Hartford’s Infinity Theater, the new Rock Cats Ballpark, and planned renovation/new construction for the XL Center.
  • The MGM Casino in Springfield and the opportunities for major entertainment, which could revitalize the Mass Mutual Center.

The increased presence of higher educational institutions in a downtown setting, such as . . .

  • UConn’s Hartford campus and St. Joseph’s downtown Pharmacy School and Trinity College’s plans to extend into downtown.
  • UMass Center and Cambridge College in downtown Springfield.

Investment by major companies to build facilities that will bring employment opportunities to the area, such as . . .

  • UConn Health Center, Jackson Labs, and Amazon in the greater Hartford area.
  • MGM and CNR/Changchun Railway Vehicles manufacturing facilities in Springfield.

Major transportation and infrastructure initiatives such as . . .

  • CT Fasttrack, New Haven to Springfield rail update.
  • Major highway renovations in Conn. and the I-91 flyover project in Springfield.
  • Bridge work in both states, as well as MDC’s multibillion dollar upgrades in the Hartford area.

Increased opportunity for growth of retail and light manufacturing surrounding communities, such as . . .

  • Hooker Brewery in Hartford, as well as ancillary hotel and restaurant activity around MGM Casino in Springfield.

All these improvements are designed to create a more livable community, which in turn will help drive market-rate residential development.

This program will not only discuss potential work for the A/E/C community in each of the represented municipalities, but will also be meaningful for developers, commercial brokers, and other vendors and manufacturers. Through their direct involvement supporting the industry, all participants will leave with a better understanding of today’s regional economy and possible ideas for how to position their businesses for future commissions.

The program will be led by development experts from municipal and private sector organizations, including:

  • Kevin Kennedy, chief development officer, city of Springfield, Mass.
  • Representative from MGM Resorts International.
  • Thomas E. Deller, AICP director, department of development services, city of Hartford, Conn.
  • Patrick McMahon, director of economic development, town of Suffield and Windsor Locks & Bradley Development League.
  • Representative from Centerplan Companies, DoNo Hartford LLC.
  • Helen W. Nitkin, co-founder and chairman The HB Nitkin Group.

The moderator for the program will be Christopher Cignoli, city engineer, city of Springfield. The program will also feature a welcome address from the Honorable Dominic J. Sarno, mayor, city of Springfield. The event will be held on Thursday, January 29, from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield. Registration and networking begin at 7:45 a.m.

For event registration, please go to and look for the ‘I-91 Corridor Regional Forecast’ link.