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Gov. Taps Stamford Official for Tourism Job

Reinventing Stamford founder Christopher “Kip” Bergstrom has been named executive director of the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism . In making the announcement, Gov. Dan Malloy praised Bergstrom for his “keen business and marketing sense” and “innovative, out-of-the-box thinking.”

Bergstrom, executive director of the Stamford Urban Redevelopment Commission, established Reinventing Stamford as a civic-engagement, town meeting-style initiative that seeks creative solutions to challenges the city faces. In a letter to Reinventing Stamford participants, Bergstrom said he hopes to remain involved in some of the organization’s initiatives after assuming his new position. He will relinquish his Reinventing Stamford leadership role after the organization’s March 29 meeting.

“The first two years of Reinventing Stamford have been a remarkable experience; I am honored to have led it,” said Bergstrom.  “[W]e have pioneered a new kind of civic conversation and strategy-in-action that is enabling Stamford residents to play a role in their own destiny. We have started to build Stamford into the New American City: a hub of innovation, a magnet for talent and a model of both green living and economic competitiveness. The future has started in Stamford, and I am proud to have been part of it.”

Bergstrom’s culture and tourism position will be weaved into the Dept. of Economic and Community Development. He’ll take on additional responsibilities working with DECD Commissioner Catherine Smith.

Do you think Bergstrom is a good choice for the state position? Who do you think should now lead Reinventing Stamford?

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