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May 9, 2023

Traveler’s Foundation funds revitalization effort for Hartford’s Upper Albany neighborhood

Courtesy photo Travelers Insurance in Hartford

The Connecticut Main Street Center and Hartford’s Upper Albany Main Street program announced a new program intended to help fill storefronts and secure businesses in that corner of the city.

The long-struggling Upper Albany neighborhood has been the focus of a concerted redevelopment push by the city in recent years, cooperating with local community leaders and its Main Street program.

The state and local Main Street programs announced Tuesday a $13,000 grant from the Travelers Foundation will pay for an effort to fill vacancies, strengthen existing businesses and attract new ones. 

According to Tuesday’s release, area residents have been consulted about the types of businesses they hope to see.

The grant will fund the creation of an updated inventory of area businesses, commercial properties and vacancies. This will help identify opportunities for investment and new businesses. 

The Main Street programs will use this information to create a marketing strategy for use by the Upper Albany Main Street’s “Micro Business Incubator” participants. 

"We are very excited to partner with UAMS to curate a mix of new businesses that reflect the aspirations of the community while potentially providing opportunities for underserved businesses and entrepreneurs,” Connecticut Main Street Center Executive Director Michelle McCabe said, according to Tuesday's release. 

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