Hamden Mayor Scott Jackson was selected on Tuesday by the governor to be undersecretary for Connecticut's Intergovernmental Policy.
Jackson's role will be to streamline the "delivery of targeted state investments into urban communities and regions in order to maximize their output," the governor's office said in a release on Tuesday. He will also "collaborate on behalf of the state with civic, municipal, and industry leadership to determine and prioritize transformational neighborhood revitalization strategies through a range of issues areas."
"The health and vibrancy of our urban centers are critical to the overall wellbeing of our state and the regions that surround them. Whether we're talking about housing needs, economic development strategies, education concerns, transit oriented development investments, or criminal justice issues, these issue areas are frequently interconnected and need to be cohesively strategized for maximum effectiveness. Scott Jackson has years of experience handling many of these issues in a number of positions with the Town of Hamden and will serve as an effective advocate for the state to ensure that we are unified in our approach to these policies," Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said in a statement on Tuesday.
Jackson will begin his new role on April 17.
"Although serving as Mayor of my hometown has been enormously gratifying, the opportunity to join a statewide team like the one assembled at OPM is a truly exceptional opportunity. The challenges we face as a state are serious, but not insurmountable. I look forward to helping advance a solution-oriented agenda that makes Connecticut a better place to live not only for my mother's generation, but also the generation of my two young sons," Jackson said in a statement on Tuesday.
Jackson, who has served as the chairman of the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission, has been the mayor of Hamden in 2009 and will resign from that position on April 16.
He has also been project manager and technical director for the Connecticut Policy and Economic Council and served in office of former U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman
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