Awards of Excellence: Post University Downtown
Waterbury’s Howland-Hughes building was more than just a department store – it was the physical representation of a bygone era. It was recognition of this historical value, as well as an initiative to catalyze economic activity in downtown that prompted Post University’s leasing of the iconic building in 2018, which is now home to Post University Downtown, a distance learning hub employing almost 500 people in the heart of downtown Waterbury.
Post University’s stewardship of the downtown community is reminiscent of late 19th/early 20th Century industrial giants that invested in and stewarded their communities. Post’s leadership chose to locate downtown rather than expand at a suburban campus, investing in the life of downtown Waterbury.
The Howland-Hughes renovation and the success of the University’s move provided a launch pad for downtown Waterbury’s economic development, catalyzing business and investment activity in the area. Post associates now frequent downtown shops and restaurants on a daily basis. Less than a month after Post arrived in downtown, Congresswoman Jahana Hayes relocated the 5th Congressional District Office to the building next door.
Post University held its 2019 Spring Commencement in downtown’s historic Palace Theater for the first time in history, bringing hundreds of students and their families to Downtown Waterbury.
Post Downtown now stands as a shining example of downtown revitalization and the physical embodiment of the University’s unwavering support for its Waterbury home. However, its real value is in setting an example that encourages other businesses to make downtown Waterbury more of a living, thriving destination.
What do you do when nearly 500 new workers arrive in your downtown district? Main Street Waterbury (MSW) rolled out the red carpet for Post University. Even before the Howland-Hughes building was ready for occupancy, MSW helped acquire a zoning variance to allow the prominent vertical banners now erected on the façade. Next up: Welcome bus tours of downtown destinations showed newcomers where to find a delicious lunch and the best cup of coffee. To top off their welcome, on “opening day” new workers were met by MSW right in the downtown parking garage, handing out downtown directories and discount coupons for downtown businesses. Surely Post University employees will enjoy working in Downtown Waterbury!