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August 2, 2018 40 Under Forty 2018

Emily Hultquist

Photo | J. Fiereck Photography

Age: 36

Company: Capitol Region Council of Governments (CRCOG)

Title: Principal Planner & Policy Analyst

No. of years with current company: 11

Town where I live: West Hartford

Town where I work: Hartford

College: Bryn Mawr College

Highest degree: Master's degree in city and regional planning

Emily Hultquist is principal planner and policy analyst at the Capitol Region Council of Governments in Hartford. Discovering the field of urban planning at Bryn Mawr College and attending PennDesign for planning school, she began her career in Stamford at Regional Plan Association, the nation's oldest and most distinguished urban planning policy and advocacy group.

Hultquist is staff lead to the Sustainable Capitol Region Initiative and currently manages CRCOG's Metro Hartford Transit-Oriented Development project, seeking to engage anchor institutions on the benefits of the region's transit assets. Hultquist speaks at conferences across the country on topics ranging from innovative land-use regulations to complete streets to affordable housing.

What's been your biggest professional accomplishment?

I initiated the Sustainable Capitol Region Initiative, which helped CRCOG leverage a $4.2 million regional sustainable communities grant from the Obama Administration's Sustainable Communities Partnership. This grant helped put our agency on the map nationally as we were one of 45 regions across the country to receive this funding. With this grant, CRCOG assisted the region's communities in implementing land use, transportation and urban design solutions.

How are you involved in the community?

Whether reading to children at Betances Elementary School or serving as the Easter bunny's assistant at the Chrysalis Center's North End Neighborhood Easter celebration, I cherish the opportunity to help foster the next generation.

What do you like to do outside of work?

My family and I have committed to visiting every town in the state of Connecticut. We have a jar in our house that holds the names of all 169 municipalities written on slips of paper. When we have the time, we pull one out and head off on an adventure.

What must the Greater Hartford region do to attract more talented young professionals?

Young professionals seek vibrant, engaging, fun places to live, work and play. The Greater Hartford region must make investments in marketing its existing assets and in creative placemaking to attract and retain talent.

Four reasons why you deserve to be a 40 Under Forty:

• Managed the first Connecticut Mayors Institute on Community Design for the Regional Plan Association.

• Dedicated time to volunteering with the Chrysalis Center, a nonprofit that provides social services and develops affordable housing.

• Became one of the youngest and one of the few female presidents of the Connecticut Chapter of the American Planning Association at age 31.

• Initiated an internship scholarship through the Connecticut Chapter of the American Planning Association.

Fun Fact 

I am named after the famous American poet, Emily Dickinson.

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