February 6, 2018

Hartford among five CT cities to win $450K challenge grant

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Hartford and four other Connecticut cities will receive multi-year grants of $450,000 each awarded through the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston's Working Cities Challenge.

The grants are intended to support programs designed to bolster economic equality and workforce development in the cities.

Hartford plans to use its award to tackle poverty and workforce education, and seeks to attract and retain employers to the city. East Hartford looks to improve the quality of life in the Silver Lane neighborhood by improving access to workforce development and educational resources.

Other cities that won grants include Middletown, Waterbury and Danbury.

Launched in 2013 in Massachusetts, the challenge builds on Boston Fed research that identified cross-sector collaboration and leadership as the key ingredients in resurgent smaller cities across the country. In Connecticut, where the challenge launched in 2016, the program builds upon the success of initiatives in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Funding for the Working Cities Challenge is not provided by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, but by a collaboration of the state of Connecticut including the Malloy administration and numerous foundations and businesses.

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