PROGRAMS

Uniformed, state-certified security professionals are deployed on a daily basis to provide an additional reassuring and authoritative presence on the streets. Ambassadors perform security patrols on foot, by bicycle, Segway, and automobile. Working in partnership with the Hartford Police Department, the Security Ambassadors make routine patrols of the District and serve as additional eyes and ears on the street. 

In addition to our security ambassadors, The District’s Cleaning Ambassadors make regular improvements to the appearance of the streetscape. Equipped with a pickup truck, high tech power-washing system, litter vacuum, and other equipment, the uniformed crew work on a daily basis to support the Department of Public Works and ensure the District’s streets remain clean. 

Photo by Zachary Davis.

HBID Ambassadors provide free on-site vehicular roadside assistance to drivers in the downtown commercial core and a portion of the Asylum Hill neighborhood. Ambassadors help with automobile lock-outs, emergency refueling, flat tires, and jump starts.

The HBID’s free on-site bicycle roadside assistance program is the first of its kind in the nation. HBID Ambassadors were trained to fix a flat, inflate a tire, replace a tube, reattach a slipped chain, or tighten up loose bolts, free of charge, anywhere in the District. Now in its third year, the program was designed to foster an increase in bicycle transit and provide a reliable support system for new or existing bicycle commuters.

Downtown Hartford is the region’s business, arts, culture and entertainment epicenter encompassing the area’s largest daytime office population, a growing residential community, great restaurants and nightlife. The Hartford Business Improvement District’s Street Banner Program helps to create an attractive environment for employees, visitors and residents of downtown hartford.

The HBID works with the City of Hartford, the Hartford Parking Authority, property owners, tenants, and merchants to execute the Pratt Street Patio. HBID Ambassadors close and open the street, set up and remove tables and chairs, and monitor the street for cleanliness and safety. Through a grant from the Garmany Fund, HBID presents live music from May through September on Pratt Street.

Photo by Andy Hart.

Working with CT Murals, we tapped five artists to design and execute five new murals in the central business district, using the message of strength and clarity of voice as a thread-throughout. The term 5×5 has roots in radio communications. The numbers correspond to signal strength and signal clarity, rated on a scale of 1-5. So if someone’s message was coming in 5×5, it meant their message was being received – strong and clear.

The five 5×5 murals are all  completed by Hartford area artists showcasing their vision for a strong, clear, positive message about Hartford and its residents.

Photo by Joe Gaylor.