Meet Mayor Roberto Alves

Mayor Roberto Alves

Born to a Brazilian mother and Portuguese father, Mayor Roberto Alves has lived in Danbury since he was 5 when his family immigrated from Brazil. His parents worked multiple jobs tirelessly to make ends meet and taught him the importance of being active in and contributing to your community.

Mayor Alves was raised with a deep understanding of the value of hard work and giving back to our community. He was a member of the Danbury Police Explorers (now Danbury Police Cadets) and embraced their mission to positively impact our community through volunteerism and leadership. He is also a past Board Member of the Danbury Museum and Historical Society, a food and toy drive organizer, and he served on the City Council from 2019 – 2021. Before being elected as Danbury’s 32nd Mayor, Roberto spent 12 years at Cartus as a Technical Sales Engineer.

Mayor Alves is a Danbury Public Schools graduate, a devoted husband, and father of two young children, Catalina and Julius.

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Mayor's Update - JANUARY 2024 NEWSLETTER

Dear Danbury Residents,

It’s been 60 days since I took office as Danbury’s 32nd Mayor and without a doubt I can say the privilege of serving our residents is such an incredible honor. Since December 1st, my team and I have been working tirelessly to serve Danbury residents and make progress for our city.

In the last two months, we’ve been preparing to launch a free app, which will allow Danbury residents to do everything from reporting an issue, like a pothole or blight, to initiating the permitting process, accessing City resources, submitting a constituent request, and more!

I'm also excited to share that I'll be holding my first Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, March 21st at 7pm at Danbury High School's Black Box Theater, and I encourage everyone, especially first ward residents, to attend.

We’ve also been working to capitalize on opportunities available to our city in the most comprehensive approach possible. Thanks to cemented and newly formed partnerships with organizations like the Western Connecticut Council of Governments (WestCOG), Housatonic Resources Recovery Authority (HRRA), the Northwest Regional Workforce Investment Board (NRWIB), Danbury is working with other municipalities, and organizations to take advantage of grant opportunities, proven initiatives, programs, and innovative, responsible solutions.

These collaborations not only strengthen our collective impact but also position Danbury at the forefront of regional development, allowing us to maximize our quality of life. We’re focused on initiatives that put Danbury on a brighter, more prosperous path, and bring our community together.

These are just some of the exciting things happening in our city! Below are some city and community announcements, ways to get involved, and updates every resident should be aware of.

I hope you’ll take the time to read more about the amazing things happening in Danbury. And, if you know someone who should receive this newsletter forward this email and encourage them to sign up for updates here.

Sincerely,

Mayor Roberto L. Alves

Get Involved in Our Community!

I’m happy to announce the formation of the Mayor’s Community Advisory Committee!

This is just one in a series of steps my Administration is implementing to strengthen community involvement and empowerment, creating an additional link between City Hall, stakeholders, and our community.

I’m committed to fulfilling my pledge to connect, collaborate, and involve residents in their own spaces and places. I’m looking forward to seeing the valuable contributions our MCAC Community Advisors will make, and to putting those results into meaningful action.

Recent Events & Celebrations

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Two weeks ago, I attended the United States Conference of Mayors winter meeting. In addition to some informative panels and discussions with federal agencies, I was honored to be one of eight mayors who met personally with the President, and with key White House Officials about the issues that matter most to our city and explore collaborative solutions for tackling them.

It was also great to meet with our incredible federal partners, Senator Chris Murphy, Senator Richard Blumenthal, Congresswoman Jahana Hayes, and our neighbor Congressman Jim Himes, to discuss the exciting initiatives we are beginning, as well as Danbury’s most pressing challenges and how we can address them together.
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Grant Award Announcements

My Administration is always on the move in City Hall, and every day we’re looking for more ways to drive Danbury’s local economy, attract new businesses, create efficiencies, make our streets safer, our spaces and places greener, and improve the quality of life for all.

One of the ways we do this is by seeking out opportunities to fund projects, studies, and plans throughout Danbury:

Safe Streets for All

The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded Danbury two Safe Streets for All grants. The city has received $400,000 to create another Safe Streets for All Action Plan, which will enable us to continue to develop road safety action plans. This grant is the first phase of making our streets safer.

The second phase of this program is implementation! And that’s why I’m also proud to share that thanks to our partnership with the Western Connecticut Council of Governments (WestCOG), over $3.9 million was received by WestCOG to fund safe streets implementation projects, including 26 projects throughout Danbury.

Soon, we’ll be making roads safer using speed feedback signs and adding lighting, making crosswalks, traffic lights more visible, and more.

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Brownfield Remediation

State Municipal Grant Programs, like the one awarded to Danbury by the Department of Economic and Community Development’s (DECD) Office of Brownfield Remediation and Development (OBRD), allow municipalities to perform thorough assessments of properties, supporting future use and development of such areas.

With this $200,000 grant, the City will be able to perform a Brownfield remediation assessment on one of its properties to determine the scope of remediation and potential use(s) for the property.

FAA Grant

It’s been 35 years since the busiest taxiway at the Danbury airport – Connecticut’s second-busiest airport — was updated. It’s past due!

Thanks to our partnership with Senators Murphy and Blumenthal and Congresswoman Hayes, the Danbury Airport received $2.27 million this fall to repave and upgrade its busiest taxiway this spring.

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