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10/13/2014 - TUESDAY: EPA Administrator McCarthy joins Mayor Finch for Tour and Press Conference and Tour of North America’s Largest Fuel Cell in Bridgeport, Conn. (8:00-8:30AM)

“I’m excited that EPA Administrator McCarthy is coming to Bridgeport, making it clear that our efforts to become one of the greenest cities in America are being recognized nationally. In our state’s largest city, we’re preparing workers for 21st century jobs while growing green businesses.” – Mayor Finch

Ø  WHO: U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch, DEEP Commissioner Rob Klee, State Senator Andres Ayala, State Rep. Ezekiel Santiago, and other elected officials and community leaders.

Ø  WHAT: Press conference and site tour of North America’s largest fuel cell located in Bridgeport, Conn.

Ø  WHERE: 1435 State Street, Bridgeport, Conn.

Ø  WHEN: 8:00 – 8:30AM on October 14, 2014

Bridgeport, Conn. (October 13, 2014) – As Bridgeport continues making bullish investments to become one of the greenest cities in the United States, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy will join Mayor Bill Finch and leaders at the state and local level for a press conference and tour of North America’s largest fuel cell.

“I’m excited that EPA Administrator McCarthy is coming to Bridgeport, making it clear that our efforts to become one of the greenest cities in America are being recognized nationally,” said Mayor Finch. “We’re preparing workers for 21st century jobs while growing green businesses. For example, at Bridgeport's Eco-Technology Park, we’re now home to North America’s largest fuel cell, which has fueled green job growth and powers up to 15,000 homes at any given time with virtually pollutant free energy. Eco-Technology Park also houses several other green businesses that employ hundreds of people. And, through a city-wide initiative, we have trained and placed nearly 1,000 workers in green jobs over the past five years. Through these green job creating, clean energy producing initiatives, we’re making Bridgeport a better place to live, work, and raise a family.”

Regarding Bridgeport’s green economic and clean energy development efforts, Rob Klee, the Commissioner of Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environment Protection, recently stated (http://bit.ly/11g7zHS):

“Bridgeport is setting the pace and demonstrating how a focus on energy and environmental issues can create jobs, produce clean energy, and revitalize run-down properties,” said Commissioner Klee. “Last month, Mayor Finch and his team took me on a tour of the city. I was impressed by the vast array of green projects, including Eco-Technology Park, which formerly housed run-down properties but is now serving as home to hundreds of jobs and produces over ten million dollars of income annually.”