Forbes Profiles Stamford Man Behind $100 Million Mill River Park

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Stamford's Arthur Selkowitz, the chairman behind the $100 million Mill River Park Collaborative, is getting national attention.
Stamford's Arthur Selkowitz, the chairman behind the $100 million Mill River Park Collaborative, is getting national attention. Photo Credit: File Photo

STAMFORD, Conn. -- Stamford's Arthur Selkowitz, the chairman behind the $100 million Mill River Park Collaborative, is getting national attention. 

Forbes profiled Selkowitz in a recent story titled "Mad Man With A Plan." He was the man put in charge of the nearly one century old idea of putting $100 million into Mill River Park to create a central park in Stamford. The park opened in May 2013.

"If any project needed a high-energy pitchman with a golden Rolodex, this one did," according to the Forbes story. "Stamford had essentially given up on the river–a dumping ground for old television sets, mattresses, even a grenade. When a big storm hit, it would flood over concrete retaining walls and bridges, shutting off the business district from the city’s west side. And the 8-acre park along the banks had become a haven for drug users and prostitutes."

Selkowitz was not a "big 'nature' guy" but that he saw the project as "a marketing challenge," according to the Forbes article. 

"In that way he’s a good example of older, driven executives and entrepreneurs (even well-known billionaires) who channel their intensity and skills into charitable projects," according to the Forbes article. 

Click here to read about the opening of Mill River Park from Daily Voice. 

Click here to read the full article on Selkowitz from Forbes.

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