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About Hartford Connecticut:
Hartford is the capital of the Connecticut and is located on the Connecticut River, north of the center of the state. Sometimes referred to as the "insurance capital of the world," Hartford houses many of the world's insurance company headquarters, and insurance is one of the region's major industries. (The State of Connecticut is sometimes still known as "the land of steady habits.")
Hartford includes both sections of Elizabeth Park, featuring the oldest and largest municipal rose garden in the country. Hartford is also home to Bushnell, Colt, Goodwin, Rocky Ridge, Keney, Pope, and Riverside Parks.
Hartford's neighborhoods are a diverse and historic lot. Downtown Hartford is the location of the central business district. Parkville is named for the confluence of the north and the south branches of the Park River; it is home to Real Art Ways. Frog Hollow is home to Pope Park. Asylum Hill is a mixed residential and business area housing the headquarters of several insurance companies and the Mark Twain House. The West End is home to the Governor's residence, the University of Hartford and abuts the Hartford Golf Club. Sheldon Charter Oak was the location of the Charter Oak and its successor monument and also the former Colt headquarters including Armsmear. The North East neighborhood is home to Keney Park. The South End features "Little Italy". South Green hosts Hartford Hospital. The South Meadows is the site of Hartford-Brainard Airport and Hartford's industrial community. The North Meadows has retail strips and car dealerships and is the location of the Dodge Music Center. Other neighborhoods in Hartford: Barry Square, Behind the Rocks, Blue Hills, Clay Arsenal, Southwest, and Upper Albany
Greater Hartford is an international center of the insurance industry, with companies such as Travelers, Aetna, and The Hartford based in the city. The area is also home to CIGNA, Colt Firearms, and large corporations like United Technologies (the corporate parent of Pratt & Whitney, Otis Elevator, Sikorsky Aircraft, Carrier Corporation, Hamilton Sundstrand, UTC Fire & Security and UTC Fuel Cells).
Hartford has long been important to insurance companies and is often called the "insurance capital of the world," although recent insurance mergers reduced employment at insurance companies in Hartford. MetLife and Lincoln Financial have cut their Hartford workforces and MassMutual has relocated its Hartford operations to Enfield, Connecticut to be closer to its headquarters in Springfield, Massachusetts. Recently, Hartford has shown continuing viability as an insurance mecca. St. Paul Travelers has announced it will bring 600 jobs to the area (500 of them in downtown Hartford); Aetna is moving more than 3,500 employees to the city from Middletown, Connecticut.
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