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    City Announces Personnel Changes in Economic Development


    City Announces Personnel Changes in Economic Development

    Piscitelli Promoted to Deputy Economic Development Administrator; Travers Appointed Acting Transportation Department Director

    (NEW HAVEN)--The City's Economic Development Administrator, Kelly Murphy, AICP, today announced two staff changes. The head of the Transportation, Traffic and Parking Department, Michael Piscitelli, AICP, will assume the role of Deputy Economic Development Administrator and Jim Travers will take over Transportation as Acting Director.

    The Economic Development Administration is comprised of six departments and 120 employees in City Plan, the Livable City Initiative, Building, Cultural Affairs, Economic Development and the Commission on Equal Opportunities as well as Transportation. Piscitelli takes the position last held by Christine Bonnano, who left the City earlier this year. He will assume various coordinating responsibilities for projects across the six departments. This position’s responsibilities are particularly important as the City continues its strong economic growth with $2+ billion in construction. The City is currently moving forward on projects such as: the TIGER II grant for Downtown Crossing/ Route 34, the first phase of Downtown Crossing project at 100 College Street, the transit oriented development at Union Station, the redevelopment of the old Winchester factory in Science Park and various housing development projects in construction and soon to be underway.

    Travers currently serves as the Deputy Director in Transportation Department and now takes over a department dramatically transformed over the last three years. During that time, the City launched its Complete Streets Initiative and the award winning Street Smarts Traffic Safety Campaign. Under these two programs, the City team has upgraded over 40 traffic signals, installed the Connecticut’s largest bike route system and first municipal bike station and led an effort to improve multi-modal access to Union Station. The Department reached out extensively to the community and covered over 50 civic events to sign up residents for the Smart Driver program and promote an overall civic movement to improve travel safety for all roadway users.

    “Michael Piscitelli brings a depth of experience in transportation, city planning and economic development to his new position as Deputy EDA and this promotion is well deserved”, said Murphy.

    Prior to leading the Transportation Department, Piscitelli served the New Haven City Plan Department for six years, Metro-North Railroad and the City of Springfield. He holds a Bachelor's degree from St. Bonaventure University and a Master's Degree in Regional Planning from the University of Massachusetts.

    Jim Travers has served for two years in Transportation and 25 years of progressively responsible experience directing operations in local non-profit organizations as well as corporate structures. His background in business and now in public administration is well-suited to his new role, as the City is rolling out a dynamic parking management program. “I am confident Jim will be continue the progress that has been made in the Transportation Department over the last several years”, stated Ms. Murphy. Both Piscitelli and Travers will report directly to Kelly Murphy. The City will soon begin a search for a permanent Transportation Director.

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