|DESIGNATION:||DESTINATION CITY||COORDINATES:||41°.55' N, -73°.05' W|
|ARRIVAL DATE:||Thur., Sept. 27||PUBLIC LOCATION:||The Green, Downtown|
The fifth largest city in Connecticut, Waterbury has it all. From diverse ethnic neighborhoods to an architecturally picturesque downtown, our city offers a skilled workforce and a vibrant business community surrounded by a variety of arts, culture and theater, tasteful restaurants, quality educational institutions, cutting-edge healthcare, comfortable hotels and a safe, affordable quality of life!
The home to nearly 110,000 citizens, we have a story to tell. Waterbury was once known as the Brass City because of its long tenure as the center of the nation’s brass industry.
Nationally known firms include Timex, with its origin as the Waterbury Clock Company, dating back more than 150 years. From its Mickey Mouse watch to popular timepieces of varying styles, Timex products gained notoriety as those that “take a licking and keep on ticking” -- one of the most successful branding campaigns of the 20th Century. Now known as Timex Group USA, the company maintains its headquarters in neighboring Middlebury and remains the nation's leading watch manufacturer.
Waterbury is also home to many family-owned businesses that have thrived for decades. From manufacturers to medical practices and retail shops, legacy companies are an integral part of the city’s fabric. These multi-generation entrepreneurs recognize that the power of brand loyalty, combined with personally knowing your customers and their needs, are key tools in weathering any economic downturn.
The city’s downtown landscape features a number of prominent architectural works, including the newly renovated City Hall and several other buildings designed by Cass Gilbert. One of the nation’s premiere architects in the early 20th century, Gilbert was also responsible for the design of the United States Supreme Court building, the Woolworth Building in New York City and nationally renowned museums and libraries.
The city is in the midst of a rebirth. Public investment of more than $300 million has enhanced the downtown area in recent years, with the Palace Theater, University of Connecticut, government buildings, the Y.M.C.A. and infrastructure improvements.
The community’s excitement and commitment to keeping the city moving forward is contagious. Mayor Neil O’Leary was elected in November 2011 on a platform of not accepting the status quo for Waterbury but returning it to the greatness it experienced in the 20th century and a renewed push for economic development. City leaders are enthusiastically unified in this direction and welcome visitors and investors alike to join in Waterbury’s renaissance.